After 20 years of amateur small-boat building I thought it was a time to take the plunge in the cold water and make it my daily occupation as boat builder. The business is named “BERTHAS“. Check out Berthas.be to find out what’s it’s about (Maybe with some help of Google translate for now, the website is not multilingual yet).
Anyway, this blog will stay here, and will keep generating random subjects about sailing and racing small boats, slightly Minisail orientated.
… And if You happen to like to order a wooden spare part (for any wooden sailing dinghy), or an entire boat, I’ll be having the time to listen and reply, even make the object of desire.
Look: A Citroën towing a Lama trailer with a Tabut 320 on it. A very French day it was. More so that day an X4 and a Lanavere 470 came in to join the party. Whilst stacking and restacking hulls … Continue reading →
On Saturday 15 and Sunday 16 June 2019 the host of the event Watersportvereniging Wormer (Holland) welcomed us to join in as participants of the annual open club race called the “Beschuitstoren regatta”. “Us” are the usual pair of Belgians … Continue reading →
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).