New Fal pilot cutter

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Will be the biggest gaff rig in the country, strewth!

Are you sure?

We were in trouble in the Needles Channel with a fuel blockage and a very tired crew after a bad crossing and a Dutch built 90 footer with gaff rig towed us into East Cowes Marina. She was called " Maybe ". The sister ship is an even larger gaff rigged schooner.
 
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Are you sure?

We were in trouble in the Needles Channel with a fuel blockage and a very tired crew after a bad crossing and a Dutch built 90 footer with gaff rig towed us into East Cowes Marina. She was called " Maybe ". The sister ship is an even larger gaff rigged schooner.

He meant cutter not ketch. Maybe..

I would love to hear the official largest gaff cutter in the UK, my tjalk at about 40 tons disp. must be a contender!

By the way, Maybe commutes to the Algarve for the winter, and a place on the delivery trips, including tuition, is very reasonably priced.
 

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He meant cutter not ketch. Maybe..

I would love to hear the official largest gaff cutter in the UK, my tjalk at about 40 tons disp. must be a contender!

By the way, Maybe commutes to the Algarve for the winter, and a place on the delivery trips, including tuition, is very reasonably priced.

Maybe is a lovely boat and, at the time we met her, had two permanent crew plus the guests. They manouvered near enough to throw a heaving line, which thankfully I caught first time. The towline followed and we were off.

It was pitch black-no moon-and our trip under tow was surprising physical-above our normal hull speed so the steering was heavy. Keeping Maybe's stern light central was not easy without getting a cricked neck!

Safely alongside Maybe in East Cowes, the first thing over the side after the mooring warps was a case of beer!

The Skipper-Pete IIRC-handled her well in tricky conditions and with a crew of guests who were not sailors.

We were VERY grateful.
 
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Pendant writes:eek: : E. Coast barges are sprits, not gaff.

That's right.. strangely, many if not most similar Dutch barges of the time were gaffers, despite similar tasks they developed very different rigs.

The only particular difference I can think of is the spritties' ability to use the mega-large topsl for meaningful power when between warehouses and dock walls, which dutch ones didn't perhaps need, in flatlands with fewer built-up areas.

Sprits make slightly better cargo handling derricks I suppose, but the dutch managed ok as well.

Srpitsails could brail up, but some dutch tjalks did as well, leaving the gaff up top.

Gaff closer-winded for sure.

Gaff more expensive on gear; and an extra man needed, all other things being equal?
I would love a chance to actually crew on a thames barge as a meaningful crew member, involved in the sailing, without paying £100 a day for a tourism experience, so would lots of folk, I guess...
 

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I would love a chance to actually crew on a thames barge as a meaningful crew member, involved in the sailing, without paying £100 a day for a tourism experience, so would lots of folk, I guess...

Prewar, my father did a few trips as 'the boy' on barges, in his holidays. Think he was even paid a few pence...
 
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This looks like fun, til the capsize...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NB1QeSro_gI

and they seem to be dipping a broom to look for water, 7mins

One of my favourite videos, the whole movie is great as well, about Holland's relationship and indeed origins in, the water.
Thanks for putting it up.

And yes those fingers near the mainsheet blocks make me cringe!
At least turn your fist 180 so you only mash up your pinkie not your thumb...
 
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