The boom is the long wooden spar that is hung from the bottom of the sail. It extends from the mast to beyond the stern and is made from solid wood. Unlike a lightweight spar on a modern performance yachts, it is heavy and robust. Continue reading “How to sail a Dutch barge – The Boom.”
Over the centuries, a particular form of sailing barge was developed that worked well in the shallow waters of the Netherlands. These barges were used for fishing and transporting goods along the coasts, and also inland on lakes and canals.