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    The Baltic and the Waddenzee are very different: Waddenzee water is muddy compared to clear water Baltic.
    Lots of seals in Waddenzee. They are lying on sands close to deep channels at eb so they can quickly get away when danger comes and when water returns they are at the right spot for fishing. There is not much fish left in Waddenzee, so fishermen fish mainly shrimps.
    In Baltic many fishtraps, not in Waddenzee.
    The Waddenzee is used by migrating birds for fattening up.
    Big sharp Japanese Oysters in Waddenzee, don't know if you find them yet in Baltic.

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    The Baltic is very crowded, especially at the small islands south of the danish island Fyn. So we sail over there, when the season is over. There are many shallow harbours, perfect for our NIS. Our favorite is Drejö Gammelhavn.
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    IMG-20180531-WA0001 (1).jpg The 'Overwinning' after a winter refit: New laminated boom: Laminated makes it much stiffer, important for the owner who loves to race her at end of the season. And new leeboards made in Afzelia, a very dense and stable wood. Nowadays the metalwork is in stainless. 40 years ago they would have been made in oak with steel drifts out of concrete reinforcement bars. When the steel started rusting it kept the wooden parts together. It also limited the life of the leeboards ofcourse. The newer leeboards have proven their worth already in racing because they are shaped according to insight of Piet van Oossanen who does research on this kind of stuf at the university of Wageningen. He was also responsible for the keel that helped the Kiwis win the American Cup in the 80ties.( I saw a miniserie on those races and to see the video again: Can anybody help?) http://forum.woodenboat.com/images/attach/jpg.gif

    The weekend with the 'Overwinning' with family&friends. Oldest son at the helm, next to my wife. Sailing charterboats often have a cockpit for the guests, it is safer for them and makes it easier for the crew to do their work. Here me and a friend playing Waldorf & Stattler.
    http://forum.woodenboat.com/images/attach/jpg.gif The map with our track on saturday. We go to Vlieland, west of Terschelling
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    A walk on the island. To our left the Stortemelk, the entrance from the Northsea to the Waddenzee. Can be very scary.
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    Sunday morning: My wife started a yoga class on the foredeck
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    Do the channels in the sands change much? In our estuary the river seems to be about to change sides again.

    At present the channel nearest the town is 9 meters deep and the main one leaving almost no beach close to the town at high tide, and precious little at low. In the pic the main channel is across the river, this has been blocked for d=some years but is opening up again this season. The shallow cross channel is much wider at present.

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    They do change and about 3 years ago we sailed trough a channel that had opened up after being silted up for many years. We were beating to windward between breakers, spectectular sailing as we were in the Klipper Isis, big 2 master. It keeps the service that place the channelmarkers pretty busy.

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    We set the marks to our port by ourselfs every year after the winter and the channel moves every year.

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    The Inlet, Anderson's Inlet, used to be a port till about the mid 1920's when rail and road became available. At present there is no passable channel for keeled yachts over the bar, and shallow draft power boats often get into trouble in the breakers. There is no longer the rainfall to flush the sand out and a change in the prevailing winds blows sand off the point into the inlet now. The inlet runs more or less nth/sth.
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    DSC_0073.jpgEnd of morning yogaIMG-20180424-WA0074.jpg Greeeting the sunIMG-20180425-WA0001.jpg our return route to HarlingenIMG-20180806-WA0004 (1).jpgSometimes my son sends me pics from boats I might like Jolie Brise and a squarerigger leaving HarlingenIMG-20180806-WA0005 (1).jpg
    On this picture you can see the new outhaul on the boom. The duneema line goe forward to a winch so the draft can be changed easily.

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    http://forum.woodenboat.com/images/attach/jpg.gif. (last pic in post)This brings the jibsheet farther out so it cooperates with the staysailDSC_0135.jpg Leeboard winch, 2 speed, also with dyneema which does not score the winchdrum like steel wire did.DSC_0139.jpg winch for the mainsail. 2 speed for throat and peak haliard and one for topping lift. Again dyneema.DSC_0119.jpg Mainsheet stil with blocks and musclepower. Helm allows for sensitive 'DSC_0142.jpgbutt-steering' ckear deck, used to be the cargo hatches, with new skylight, protected with stainless bars. See here also reefing line leading to selftailer on boom. Most skippers thought these winches too 'yachtie' but racing results changed their opinion.
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    Boats and ships we met sailing from Vlieland to Harlingen.DSC_0049.jpgDSC_0050.jpgDSC_0151.jpgDSC_0157.jpgDSC_0087.jpg
    The sailing chartervleet consists mostly of old converted craft and is called 'De bruine vloot', (The brown vleet). There are about 500 of them in the country and Harlingen is for 70 the homeport

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    http://forum.woodenboat.com/images/attach/jpg.gif Near Harlingenhttp://forum.woodenboat.com/images/attach/jpg.gifhttp://forum.woodenboat.com/images/attach/jpg.gifhttp://forum.woodenboat.com/images/attach/jpg.gifhttp://forum.woodenboat.com/images/attach/jpg.gif
    Last photo: This is where our boat has her summer berth: Near the railway station an dclose to the sea. One bridge to go throug, no lock.
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    How could I ´ve missed that thread?
    NICE!
    Made me think about going there with Long John Silver one day.
    Thumps up man!
    Happy New Year

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    thanks, Max, and I wish you a Happy New Year too

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    I am near the end of this thread by returning to Harlingen, I think. That is the port from which many interesting voyages start and end and I will make another trip the second wekend of april with family & friends. This time we invited several more so we charter the Klipper 'Isis', and will have a party of 22 to 25 people on board. That weekend the tide is not good for drying out so we will probably sail again to Vlieland or Terschelling, and go for walkies there or dig cockles, mussels and reap oysters. We will see. And thank you all for reading my post and contributing to the thread.

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    There are two kinds of boaters: those who have run aground, and those who lie about it.

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    Ready for a new season!

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    Today I took Fjordsang out for a first little trip with my wife and our little daughter.

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    Looks like a splendid day for a new beginning! Better start sometime, why not now?

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    Close to the end our season and the sand bars are on the move….week by week… Setting a course for a race has become quite difficult as the bar to the ocean has moved rather too far up the estuary and we had breaking 1.5 m waves on the course by the end and a similar sized random chop in the shallower water. Quite fun in a 12ft light weight ply dinghy. About 12 years ago the whole silted up area was open and about 7m deep.

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    Henning, Skutorp, thanks for waking up this thread. I have sailed The Sands again, on a big Klipper this time but must confess that I cannot find the pictures right now.I am sure they will surface but in the meantime I like to show you these: In Lauwersoog Harbour are several fish restaurants and the most popular now is ,t Ailant, a hippy restaurant that not only serves really fresh fish but they are also on a mission to save the planet: All the fish comes from sustainable stock. To drive home their arguments they give workshops in filetting fish, so I spent a saturday from 11 am till 6pm cleaning, filleting and eating fish. We started with 'poon', I think gurnard? Then mackerell, and we ended with plaice. Our instructor showed us how to cut of a filet with a few masterfull cuts and we tried to imitate him. Sometimes we did. The plaice skeleton is proof.
    One of us was filetting and her husband did the smoke workshop. Recommanded, if you like fish. Frank

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    Quote Originally Posted by FF View Post
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    One of us was filetting and her husband did the smoke workshop. Recommanded, if you like fish. Frank
    OK, I'm guessing eels, but what are the other fish if you please?
    The main stay of our smoking from the sea are cod, haddock both hot and cold smoked, mackerel hot smoked, and kippers.
    It really is quite difficult to build an ugly wooden boat.

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    IMG_7386.jpgAnd a weekend later we saw this Sperm Whale doing 'Thar she blows' in the harbour of Harlingen. She or he does this every half hour and my son is getting fed up for the salt water is sprayed on the boats and his car with a western wind. Frank

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    Yesterday I took Fjordsang out for a short trip in the evening.

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    Lovely thread, beautiful pictures.Thank you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Peerie Maa View Post
    OK, I'm guessing eels, but what are the other fish if you please?
    The main stay of our smoking from the sea are cod, haddock both hot and cold smoked, mackerel hot smoked, and kippers.
    Sorry Nick, was not here for a while: From left to right I think: Gurnard, plaice and mackerel. I spent only a few minutes here, when I got cold feet after several hours of filleting fish in a cold place. We ate most of the smoked fish later in a salad on the klipper 'Isis' a weekend later. I will show some pictures later. Frank

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    Den Helder is at the beginning of The Sands. My friend Bert van Baar organises a festival there in Willemsoord, the former naval shipyard. Www.dutchwoodenboatfestival.nl. 5-7 july. It will be fun and I hope the start of a tradition. Also with many home built boats, a lottery where you can win a new Whitehall Dinghy, smoked herring. I will meet lots of old friends and make some new friends. Frank

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    FF, I hope you don't mind but I want to hi-jack your thread. Back in the early 1980's I sailed in a little dutch built refrigerated cargo ship named "Kemphaan" she had a sister ship named "Zeehaan". Can you please tell me what those names mean in English translation. Thanks Ray

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    Rayman, a Kemphaan is a Ruff I think. Philomachus pugnax according to Linnaeus. Haan means cock and kemp can mean fighting.
    Zeehaan seems a homemade word. Zee means sea. Frank

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    Thank you FF. Abel Jantzoon Tasman discovered both "Tasmania" and the West Coast of New Zealand back in 1642, his ships were named "Heemskerck and "Zeehaen" I think the first means "Home church" but the Zeehaen is spelled differently.

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    Season ended spectacularly if disappointingly. Swells in Bass Strait have been increasing in height for yrears, and the water temperature is significantly up. So combined with an unfavourable wind and very high tides waves were breaking several kilometres inside the estuary. Not very friendly sailing, even for the cats.

    My two dinghies have had their hulls painted and fittings renovated for next season. Meanwhile I have the canoe with a dipping lateen for the odd fine winters day.

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    Rayman, your translation of 'Heemskeck'is correct, and here the name is probably used to remember the sailor 'Heemskerck': He sailed with Willem Barents , survived the winter on Nova Zembla and also the return to Holland. The first part was in an open boat in arctic conditions. (We made a trip in replica's to honor them, pictures and films earlier in this thread)
    Heemskerck died in 1607 when fighting the Spanish at Gibraltar. A cannonbal tore of his left leg and he died while encouraging the others to continue. He is here a 'Seahero".

    Scuthorp: About the water temperature here: It seems cocklefishing is stopped here and a fisherman told me they imported them from Britain but they got spoiled very soon.
    Sorry to hear your local waters are spoiled for dinghy sailing.

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