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TOPIC: Rigging a 15.31 boeieraak

Rigging a 15.31 boeieraak 06 Feb 2020 01:41 #113583

If you plan on a trip to the Netherlands try and time it for when one of the towns holds a Canal Festival.
Last year we were in Meppel when they had their annual sail in. There were many boats in each class there so you should see what you need.
Here's a cut and paste from a Meppel page - "Visit the Grachtenfestival (Canal Festival), held every year during the second weekend of June. During the festival the canals are filled with old sailing boats and many recreational yachts and there are performances of sailor choirs and old crafts. "
Speaking with several boat owners there, they told me there is a summer circuit around The Netherlands that they try and get to so you should have several opportunities to fine one that fits your schedule.

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Rigging a 15.31 boeieraak 05 Feb 2020 01:15 #113555

I would second Peter's recommendation to visit the Freesland coastal towns to see working examples of these vessels. Particularly during a summer holiday weekend where there is a lock entrance from the sea.
Also examples may be at KNZ&RV Muiden ( also known as the Royal Netherlands Yacht Club) at Muiden, sort of the outskirts of Amsterdam at the mouth of the Vecht River.
Hardware for older style yachts may be found at Bootaccessories Vinkeveen. It's not far by car from Muiden

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Rigging a 15.31 boeieraak 05 Feb 2020 00:05 #113554

Thanks Jan. I'm sure I've seen many of these without being able to put a name to them. Are they similar to the ex-fishing boats one finds in places like Harderwijk, Spakenburg and Lemmer? These tend to still be open boats with no added cabin and very heavily built of wood.

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Rigging a 15.31 boeieraak 04 Feb 2020 18:16 #113548

Peter

A boeieraak is also known as Lemmeraak/Lemsteraak, Lemmerjacht/Lemsterjacht, boeier / boeieraak/ Zeeuwse schouw
Used as Freighter and for the oister harvest/ culture

The boeieraak was used in the Zeeland, Biesbos area, while the Lemmer was used in Friesland... Typical Dutch..even though only a stones throw separated, we need a different name :)

www.ssrp.nl/stamboek/scheepstypes/aken/boeieraak

more resources there. ( use google translate)

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Rigging a 15.31 boeieraak 04 Feb 2020 18:05 #113545

It sounds as if you still have the main parts of the "sailing" aspect of the barge - mast, boom, tabernacle, leeboards and hopefully the wire winches used for handling the mast and leeboards, etc. and maybe the sail. These would be very costly if needed to be sourced, although I believe there was a thread here a few months from a member offering some of this kit for sale - a search may find this thread. Hopefully no superstructure has been added since it ceased being sailed that would prevent return to sailing condition.

If it's blocks, rigging, etc that you need to source and understand what's needed and how it works, a trip by car to places in the Netherlands where lots of traditional barges are still kept would be worthwhile. Owners are always very happy to talk to you and show you round the deck areas to explain what you may need. Places like Lemmer, Stavoran and Harlingen and other coastal towns would be good places to visit and no doubt others nearer to where you are based too.

I don't know what a Boeieraak is - seagoing or canals only - so places to visit should be those where that style of barge is likely to be found in fully rigged condition.

Sounds like a big project but great to hear of someone returning a barge to sail rather than converting from sail!

Peter

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Rigging a 15.31 boeieraak 04 Feb 2020 17:57 #113542

Tam Murrell wrote: The moderator could move the question or the OP could simply ask on the sailing barge section himself.

It needs to be posted anew to the Sailing section. People subscribed to a Forum section are only informed of a new post, not if the post is moved.

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Rigging a 15.31 boeieraak 04 Feb 2020 17:35 #113541

There is a specific section of the forum for sailing barges barges.org/discussion-forum/sailing-barges , and it is possible that there are some members who only subscribe to that and won't see the query here.

The moderator could move the question or the OP could simply ask on the sailing barge section himself.

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Rigging a 15.31 boeieraak 04 Feb 2020 16:26 #113540

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The DBA is perhaps not the best source of information on sailing rigs although I am sure you will get some informed responses to your enquiry.

Take a look at www.dutchbargebooks.co.uk/ David Evershed is quite an expert on sailing barges (in English).

Your other good source of information on sailing rigs might be the LVBHB www.lvbhb.nl/ which is a Dutch organisation for owners of traditional ships.

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Rigging a 15.31 boeieraak 04 Feb 2020 14:57 #113536

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Ahoy! Hello! Salud !

I am opening here a topic about the maintainance of a barge.

To put it quickly, my friend Warren acquiered a (to our knowledge single edition) boeieraak from 1903. A magnificent beast of 15.31m. It lived a long life in good conditions, except for the sails and the overall rigging.

The last owner wasn't found of sailing and only used it as a motorboat. A pity! He threw away ropes and pulleys as they grew old, not to buy any new ones.

My friend is no expert in sailing (he's a good barge captain, though), and wanted to put me in charge of all the shopping list and trying to get the beauty rigged once more.

I'm Breton, we're put on sail boats at age 6, but still, it's the first time I'll be in charge of sailing a boeieraak. So there will be a few tricks that I need to learn about them.

So basically we're on a quest for knowledge and experience, and I was under the impression that this was the right place.

Over time, we'll come with more questions and pictures/videos showing the barge, but for now my main question is "Where could we find references ?" I've been wandering a lot on the internet, never to find a proper book with all the rigging possibilities for a Barge or a Boeieraak. For instance the end of the boom doesn't seem to have anything to fix a block. Considering that the thickness of the boom varies over its length, I was wondering if it was common for both the toping lift and the mainsheet (? sorry for bad english) to be attached by ropes around the boom instead of having their blocks attached to a piece of metal?

Anyway! A reference book (or whatever) with all kind of ways to rig a barge/boeieraak would greatly help sort out how this one (single edition, as far as we know) was intended to be rigged.

We hope that, with your help, the beast will proudly show its colours once more.

Best, a galon,
Nicolas & Warren.

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