About Sailing Barge Drifter

Drifter is a Dutch sailing barge known in the Netherlands as a ‘Lemsteraak’. It was built in 1976 of steel with wooden spars by the renowned shipbuilder Blom. The barge is a very traditional design derived from the old working sailing barges in the days of the Zuiderzee.

The barge is wide and flat bottomed, and carries ‘leeboards’ which help when sailing towards the wind. It is a very capable vessel, being able to cross the North Sea and English Channel, then work its way into estuaries, rivers, canals and creeks. It can even pass under low bridges due to its pivoting mast. Few craft are as versatile!

It is owned by Neil & Debbie Wood who offer short sails and day sailing in the South West of England.