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I've just bought what I believe is a Dutch-built ex fishing boat, called a Zeeschouw. It's steel, 31 feet long, kind of flat bottomed, with lee boards and a gaff rig. It was built immediately after the second world war, then brought to the UK in the 1960s and converted for cruising.
These boats appear to be quite popular in Holland but I've never seen another one in the UK. Does anyone have any knowledge of them?
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Sounds interesting any pics.
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Sounds interesting any pics.
Datasheet on the series 31 footer. If you have Google Chrome it will offer to translate from Dutch to English. if not there are still plenty of pretty pictures to see how they are built and laid out.

Zeeschouw Verhuur Friesland Sneek

They look very interesting. Would love to see some pictures of the one Flying Dutchman purchased to see how they hold up.
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Re: Zeeschouw

I have had one that I built back in Germany. For a 31" boat its the mos space you can get. I made mine out of steel. Great boat for costal cruising in the shallow parts of the north sea. Mine stayed level when i put it on a bach and the tide went out. They don't sail all that well to windward but are great boats.
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Re: Zeeschouw

If the technology works there should be a picture of my boat attached.....
It needs a little TLC but who wouldn't at 66 years old.
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Re: Zeeschouw

Got any specs on that boat dutch? Ie ballast/displacement, location of ballast, rig details, etc?
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Re: Zeeschouw

Sorry, I don't have any formal specifications.
It's about 31 feet long by 10 feet wide. It was registered as having a displacement of 9 tons but rough calculations based on the size and shape below the water line would suggest nearer 11 tons. There is no ballast other than the steel hull, which is considerably thicker than required. (The story is that it was built using steel reclaimed from German Panzer tanks) It has a gaff rig with bowsprit and two foresails. The mast is an un-stayed counterbalanced thing, slightly larger than the average telegraph pole, which can be raised or lowered easily with one hand. The original engine was replaced by a 4 cylinder diesel from a Fordson Tractor and the interior layout is subject to change.
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Re: Zeeschouw

Way cool. I have no experience with the type, but every boat I've owned was designed before 1962, a couple before 1914. I suggest patience in learning her handling. Don't try to make her something she's not, do enjoy her strengths. I see shallow water sailing, grounding while cruising, comfort and carrying capacity. Go with wind and tide.
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Re: Zeeschouw

I v seen one for sale not to long a go

Nice boat
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Re: Zeeschouw

Flying Dutchman, try talking to Sequitur about your boat. He posts here every so often. He is currently cruising the canals of Holland. He and his wife together probably know more about Dutch boats than all the rest of us combined. You might also find his blog to be interesting reading.


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