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Old 01-11-2017, 12:05 AM
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Tjalk - Sailing Dutch barge

Anybody familiar about sailing Dutch barge on this site. I love the look of them but would like to know more about them.

I am considering of maybe building a sailing Dutch Barge in the 30 foot long X 12 foot beam. Mainly for cruising around the great loop, the intercoastal water ways and some jump in the Bahamas and Cuba.

Would like to know if anybody is familiar with the design of such weird looking sailboat, Tjalk.

Seams like a good option for livebility compared to a catamaran in the same lenght.
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Old 01-11-2017, 01:47 PM
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There are quite a few threads on this older Tjalk/Dutch sailing barge. The old style lee boards help it sail better. Despite this, from what I've read it doesn't handle well in strong winds & currents. Some people have installed bow thrusters to counteract the behavior.

Unless efficiency, speed & overall performance are not a factor, you might be better off with a Catamaran or a larger motorsail yacht with a larger cabin vs this barge type design. They are faster and more efficient on fuel if you need to motor along.

Fair winds /)
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