I'm new on this forum so I thought it would only be fair if I'd introduce myself.
I'm Thom, I'm 23 years old, Dutch and own a 27 feet long 'trawler'.
Why the quotes around trawler you ask? Well, My boat is technically not qlassified as a trawler. It's an old fishing vessel. Build in the 1930's in Nieuwebrug ( the Netherlands ) by the wharf 'J.Langenberg & Zn.' It was build as a so called 'Robbenjager' which meant that it's main objective was to hunt seals and transport them back to shore where they would be used for to make lamp oil and where they would gather their fur. A quite cruel history but history nonetheless. In 1957 hunting seals became illigal and the boat was disused.
A few years passed and around 1960-1965 the boat was bought by 'Rijkswaterstaat' a goverment agency in charge of most of the waterways here in Holland. The wheelhouse was added around 1970 and the boat was painted black/yellow as most of Rijkswaterstaat's vessels were. From here on the boat was used to inspect bridges, locks, quays and to measure the depth of the canals. In this period the original 'Kromhout' engine was replaced by the current Samofa engine. A 2 cilinder engine creating 20 HP at 1000 RPM and has to be started by hand. The engine was originally build in 1950 for use in a pumpstation and was used in combination with a pump to keep the land behind our dutch 'dikes' dry. It did this for around 5 - 7 years before it was placed in 'my' boat.
Around 1975 the boat was replaced by Rijkswaterstaat for a new-build one. The boat switched owners for a while and finally ended up somewhere in a canal. Half-sunk, rusted, and with more birdpoo than paint on it it was bought by farmer here in the north of Holland. He threw some buckets of paint against it and used it to trasport his barges with hay, cowes and milk around. When he got to old he decided to list the boat for sale by a broker.
Which is where I come in..
Two or three years ago after browsing some of the 'for sale' ads in a local boat magazine I came across this boat. It was a beautiful model, unfortunatly it was for sale for 21.000,- euro (22.800,- US dollar). Which was way to expensive for me. However this was, as you've all probably experienced one of those boats I could not let go of. So I took a second job and started saving. One year passed and the price was reduced to 17.500,- (19.000,- Dollar) Still too much but I eagerly continued saving. A few months passed and again the price was again reduced twice. This time to a price I could afford! A phonecall to the seller unfortunatly learned that the boat was already sold. A few months passed again and suddenly I came across this boat again. Again it ended up in a canal being disused. So I've put a note on the window saying I would be interested in buying it if the current owner was 'up for it'.
A few days later I recieved a phonecall and I finally got to pick up my 'new' boat. And so I spend previous year fixing up the boat. It has still a long way to go but it's coming along nicely. Underneath some information about the boat and a picture how she looked and looks now.
Hull type: Rondspant ( Roundbilge )
Length: 8,5 meters ( 27 feet )
Draft: 1,0 meter ( +/- 3 feet )
Air draught: 3.6 m ( 11.8 feet ), 2.4 m ( 7.9 feet ) with mast lowered
Fuel capacity: 400 L ( 105 US Gallon )
Fresh water: 150L ( 39.5 US Gallon )
Weight: 8,5 ton ( 18740 lbs )
Year of build hull: +/- 1930
Year of build wheelhouse: +/- 1970
Propshaft: 40 mm ( 1,6 inch )
Propellor: 70 cm ( 27,5 inch ) 3 blades.
Engine: Samofa 2s108
Max. RPM: 1000, 1250 without load.
Engine weight: 0.514 ton ( 1133 lbs )
Flywheel weight: 0.25 ton ( 551 lbs )
Steering: 2 cm ( .7 inch ) cables and chains.
Rudder dimensions: 95 * 70 cm ( 37.4 x 27.5 inch )
Maximum rudder angle: 90 degrees port, 85 degrees starboard.
Underneath the before and 'after' pictures. I have a lot more ( around 3000 photo's ) and stories about the process of 'fixing her up'. which I'll post in the apropriate section.
And one of the engine after the rebuild I did.
( Also, my apologies for my 'bad' English. It's not my first language. )