We went over and had a great time. Weather predictions promiced a “last jugement” kind of circumstances but once arrived there and got sailing it went all right.
This scow showed to like a bit of wind, and good for us really since it was blowing hard during the first days at La Semaine.
A confession to make: We were in the sail&row category (Flotille 2: voile et Aviron), but our boat didn’t seem to be adapted to do both. Once rigged for sailing it was hardly possible to get the oars out to do any serious rowing and vice versa.
Mmm we had a tiny 2-stroke Yamaha Malta handy, not really in the spirit of the fleet we were in but handy anyway.
Enjoy the images and believe me, participating at the “Semaine Du Golfe” is an addicting pleasure.
Went to Wormer (North of Amsterdam) to see / sail / pick up the sailing scow and it was a 80% succes. Discovering it was a sturdy hull with nothing but some cosmetic work to be done on it was a … Continue reading →
In May 2017 we participated in the French bi-annual Semaine du Golfe event (article here) And we are going back: We’ll bet at the 2019 edition. As newbies in 2017 we did some learning; Being at and sailing the edition … Continue reading →
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).
Never seen that many classic wooden dinghies at the time. And along with these come the fine lot of folk that sail, built and or own them. A great boating festival and a joy it was to have been there. … Continue reading →
Went out sailing with the 14 foot sail and row “Bertha” today.
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.
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.