Traditional steel Dutch dinghy and Forest & Stream skiff compared

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Dutch dinghy and steel-built Forest & Stream skiff

Over in Holland, Hans-Christian Rieck has taken these photos of a traditional steel-built Dutch dinghy of a type often used as tenders to steel-built barges and other craft. They’re strikingly curvaceous little boats, given that they’re made from plates of sheet steel, particularly when compared with the steel-built Forest & Stream skiff seen in the background.

The F&S skiff is being smoothed with filler prior to being painted and having its woodwork fitted. I will be fascinated to hear how this boat works – and I trust it does work well in steel, as it will presumably have a theoretical life time of 80 years or more. I’m pretty sure it will be fine, by the way – it’s clearly greatly scaled up from the 12ft ply dink I drew some ten years ago no, and that will no doubt compensate for the extra weight of the hull. I’d like to take a trip to see it once she’s in the water if that’s ok please Hans-Christian!

Hans-Christian’s workshop trains youngsters in the metalworking skills, and the steel dinghy belongs to the Graf Ship Association – it is destined to be cleaned and refinished.

Here are some earlier images of the F&S skiff, and of a ship, the Jantje ready to be transported to Nordhorn after being sandblasted and sprayed.

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3 thoughts on “Traditional steel Dutch dinghy and Forest & Stream skiff compared”

  1. Hello Gavin,

    Shurely you can have a trip on the skiff soon as she´s finished. Probably on the first weekend of June, there will be the "Feast of the Canals" in Nordhorn. Then you can test the pram dinghy as well.

    Yours

    hans-Christian

    1. Many thanks Hans-Christain – that would be great. I haven't been back to the Fatherland in many years, I'm very curious about both boats, and I'm sure Julie would enjoy the trip too.

      Let's talk nearer the time.

      Gav

  2. Hello , I used to scull a steel dutch dingy ,round the docks in London in the seventies , I would love to make one ,are there any plans available ? Thankyou Regards Andy

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