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convict

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Gentlemen
A viking chap from Denmark says the Hjortspring boat of 400 BC was not used for long voyages. However, the Ferriby boat and Dover boat are evidently seaworthy designs (just).
Capt Bligh had 7 inches freeboard. Please advise me on your views about crossing the Channel in such boats.
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"With Captain Bligh in the boat were eighteen persons, and twenty-five remained on the HMS Bounty. The boat was 23 feet in length, 6 feet 9 inches in breadth, and 2 feet 9 inches in depth. When loaded with all these people and her stores, she had not seven inches of freeboard.

From the morning when the boat was cast adrift till forty-two days later, when her unhappy company were safely landed at Timor Indonesia,.. "

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"Flinders first sailed to Australia in 1795 for the British Navy . He and his friend George Bass (the ship's surgeon) bought an 8-foot-long boat called the "Tom Thumb" in order to explore the treacherous coastline of southern Australia. They first sailed south of Sydney (to Botany Bay) and rowed up the Georges River, and later to Lake Illawarra (100 km each way). "

"George Bass was granted permission to explore the southern coast and given a well fitted whale-boat, 28 feet 7 inches long (8.7 m), built in Sydney of native banksia timber. In this open boat with six volunteers and six weeks provisions he left Port Jackson on 3 December 1797. In the next eleven weeks, despite boisterous weather, he travelled some 1200 miles (1931 km), found the Shoalhaven River, Twofold Bay, Wilson's Promontory and Western Port ( Melbourne )."
 

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I sail an Albin Vega an old boat from the 1970s One of her features is a lowish freeload that facilitates all manner of activity to do with catching moorings ,getting in dinghies and stepping ashore in marinas.
 

convict

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Something like this?
The Guild of the Hjortspring Boat - Hjortspringbådens Laug
www.hjortspring.dk/wold/index_en.htm
We have made a full size replica of the Hjortspring Boat, dated 350 BC. ... Working with research in and about, as well as a reconstruction project of, the Nydam Boat - Younger Roman Iron Age. ... We have now sailed with an admiral onboard !
 

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Hello Convict, welcome to the forum and thank you for the link to your very interesting project.
I think the secret is having:

1) Enough people to bale out the water, a continuous task.

2) Suitable bowls, cooking pots, or drinking vessels (or enemy's skulls ;) ) to bale out with.

Loss of 1 or 2 would be problematic.
 

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I sail an Albin Vega an old boat from the 1970s One of her features is a lowish freeload that facilitates all manner of activity to do with catching moorings ,getting in dinghies and stepping ashore in marinas.
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My Twister has a low freeboard and, like you, I prefer it that way. So does The Old Guvnor who, whilst being a most delightful person in every way, has rather short legs and likes the gunwhale being only a few inches above pontoons. When we go visiting modern gin-palaces I have to help her on board as if she was mounting a horse.

Another advantage of low freeboard is that you can reach over and wash your hands in the sea (we have no washbasin in the heads).
 

convict

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Here is a sea-boat which resembles the early Danish snekkja type with paddlers in a low hull:
Balangay - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Balangay
The Balangay or Butuan boat is a plank boat adjoined by a carved-out plank edged through pins and dowels. It was first mentioned in the 16th Century in the Chronicles of Pigafetta, and is known as the oldest watercraft found in the Philippines.
‎The use of the balangay - ‎Early boats in Butuan - ‎Boat-making tradition
 
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