Leaving the Netherlands

Durgerdam, near Amsterdam.Durgerdam July 2017

It has been a few months since we purchased ‘Drifter’ in the pretty town of Hindeloopen, Friesland.  Our first few weeks were  spent in the ‘Skipshelling  Blom’ boatyard that built the barge in 1976. The Blom family are still running things today as they have for nearly 3 generations. They made us very welcome and took great interest in our plans to bring the barge to the UK. Continue reading “Leaving the Netherlands”

Sailing barge – Lowering and raising the mast

One of the key features of a sailing barge is the ability to lower the mast for routes with low bridges. The mast pivots at the base in a strongly constructed three sided box called the Tabernacle. There is a winch on the front of the barge onto which the wire leading to the top of the mast is transferred. Also a special strut mounted onto the base of the mast creates a ‘crane’ like system to enable to mast to be laid horizontally. We have a video on facebook – www.facebook.com/sailingbargedrifter – which shows us raising the mast after we spent some time at a yard in the Netherlands, only accessible by boats with a maximum height of 3 meters. Also note at the end of the video the ability to raise the spar on the bow (the Bowsprit) to make the barge shorter for moorings or easier to maneuver in tight spaces.

For more information, see www.sailingbargedrifter.co.uk

Sail with us!

DRIFTER May 26th 2017 069Sailing barge Drifter offers short, (1.5 hour) and longer sailing trips in the Falmouth area. No sailing experience is necessary, and the experienced crew of 2 take care of everything onboard.

The Falmouth area offers a large and sheltered bay for sailing and we can also explore deep into the rivers and creeks, all beautiful and with interesting histories.

We carry up to 8 passengers. Singles, couples, families and groups are all welcome. Contact us for more information.