Leaving the Netherlands Part 1

Durgerdam, near Amsterdam. It has been a few months since we purchased 'Drifter' in the pretty town of Hindeloopen, Friesland.  Our first few weeks were  spent in the 'Skipshelling  Blom' boatyard that built the barge in 1976. The Blom family are still running things today as they have for nearly 3 generations. They made us... Continue Reading →

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Sail with us!

Sailing barge Drifter offers short, (1.5 hour) and longer sailing trips in the Falmouth area. No sailing experience is necessary, and the experienced crew of 2 take care of everything onboard. The Falmouth area offers a large and sheltered bay for sailing and we can also explore deep into the rivers and creeks, all beautiful... Continue Reading →

What is a Lemsteraak?

Over the centuries, a particular form of sailing ship was developed that worked well in the shallow waters of the Netherlands. These ships were wide and flat bottomed, and were used for fishing and transporting goods. The Dutch lake now known as the Ijsselmeer, used to be a shallow bay (Zuiderzee) open to the North Sea.... Continue Reading →

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