Thursday, November 04, 2010
Hi! Sorry I have been a little quiet on the skutsje/non-skutsje discussion - I actually didn't think it was one but I thought TQ probably had a picture that would settle the matter better. The Wikipedia article describes skutsjen as beginning at 12 meters, and I also ended up with the impression that although some of them get some serious makeovers, a good skutsje will always retain something of the spirit of a good, solid workboat.
I think that it was very hard to tell the size of the boat in Tuesday's picture - it's actually a small sailboat that was built for purely recreational purposes. Here's the picture I thought would help. The kayak is 16 feet long, or about 4.9 meters. I suspect that the most serious cargo this little leeboard yawl ever carried was something in the picnic dinner & champagne line!
Do we all at least agree she's pretty? :D
quick update before I run off to claymation workshop - I emailed Jane & John, who run the Life At an Angle site that my friend Anonymous (he really is a friend of mine, too) had said was one of the best sites on Dutch sailing barges around, asking them if they'd come over & give their opinion - well, I just checked email, they'd taken a look & here was their response:
>Hi Bonnie, thanks for your email, we've had a look at your photographs
>and we are 100% sure that the little boat with the lea boards is not a
>skutsje. The bow and stern shapes are entirely different to a skutsje.
>It looks as though it's a purpose built sailing boat which may have been
>built for shallow water so the builder put lea boards on instead of a
>keel? It looks similar to a Cornish shrimper?
>Hope this helps
>All the best
>Jane and John
Must run now, but Tillerman, you should have put down a wager on this one! The resemblance is due to the boatbuilding equivalent of convergent evolution - boats designed to address the same issues sometimes end up looking similar.