Smile!


Last year a friend bought this boat,a nearly 5 meter Catboat steel hull and wooden superstructure. Doesn’t the character pictured above make you smile and make you feel joyfull for a moment?

Some of it’s history has been preserved (link catboat club Holand).
It is one of a series of 5 and built around 1930. After some changes in ownership, she is now owned by “Captain Frans”.
Below the boat in it’s current glory.

Some necessary repairs to the steel and woodwork were recently done and they were surprisingly simple; This boat is particularly well build, whatever needs replacing can be easily done without sacrificing the originality.

 

 

The intent with this gem is making it into a working daysailer.
With 20m2 canvas (2 reefs) she has plenty of power to keep up with cruising sailyachts. As a flat hulled keelboat she doesn’t turn on the spot, yet tacking is surprisingly evident.
Equally evident are the benefits of her shallow draft; access to shallow water and care-free falling dry in tidal water.

Hang on, “Care-free falling dry in tidal water”; Would this be a valid contender for the 2019 edition of La Semaine Du Golfe? It would! … if we find an affordable way to get her there and back. And no before you think, sailing her to Vannes France and back to Amsterdam Holland is not an option. 

The indispensable outboard disfigures the boat, but with the rapidly advancing development of electric propulsion, this Cat will undoubtedly celebrate its 100th anniversary with a discrete electric motor on board. (Central heating, hot- and cold running water, room service and minibar? one has to be believe in the future).

Bertha with bowsprit

Went out sailing with the 14 foot sail and row “Bertha” today.IMG_6786

I needed to test three things: rigging on the water, how does she sail with the added jib and check if the hull is watertight.
– Rigging afloat: It worked but lesson learned, it’s vital to prepare all parts and strings before setting off. The mess I had to deal with (having to start over and over again) was due to just having thrown in the rig at random in the hull.
– Sailing with the added jib was easy and the boat was neutral at the helm. Very neutral, the slight weather helm I used to feel with this boat was gone.
Forgot during the build to install some jib sheet cleats. Must get that sorted.
– leaks?: None, huraa!


With one boat less in the workshop there is room to take care of the Minisail Meson that’s going to be in action at Keyhaven next weekend.

Some more pictures from a week later:

La Semaine and Bertha I

With La Semaine Du Golfe Bertha will need some taking care of. Sanding and painting the  hul is a good start.

The boat will be left afloat on a mooring during La Semaine and that’s an issue. She will fill up.

Traced the leak ar the rear; The solid oak panel once again not bonding with the ply. The best answer would be be to replace the oak with a ply panel but I like it as it is so I’ll just waterproof it. There is another leak to look for at starboard I haven’t been able to find up to now.

With my compagnon Frans joining me during the raid it’s fair to think the boat will be underpowered. So I have  a jib sail made. It will be ready next weekend, can’t wait.

Ah look it’s there!

Some damage needed to get repared:

And some more pictures from a week later:

Preparing for 2017

Some highlights at the 2017 agenda:

  • La Semaine Du Golfe with Berta: 20 to 28 May
  • Minisail Nationals at Roadford: 15-16 July (not confirmed)
  • Minisail Europeans (de gouden neut)at Wormer Netherlands: weekend of 18 June
  • Minisail gathering at Keyhaven: September (to be explored and confirmed)

Attending the bi-annual event La Semaine du golfe de Mor Bihan in France will be a first for me. On the 5 day raid with a “14 foot sail and row” called Bertha, my old time friend Frans from Holland (a genuine sailor) will join me.

From the U.K. John B. a good Minisail racer will be there with either his Redwing or in a French  wooden dinghy called Arouet . That will be a great encounter.

Let’s see after our first “the Semaine Du Golfe” is a potential Minisail  event in the making.
For this first edition we’ll see how that goes in boats where one sits in opposed to sit on.

To be continued without a doubt.