Sailing Hatseflats
A 15ft Pram for Dinghy Cruising
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20200612

Lauwersmeer

We launched at Lunegat around 1730 hours. Outside the marina we set sail and put two reefs in because it was blowing E4 with gusts. We soon reached the Diepsterbos and found a sheltered spot.

It seemed practical to sleep on board we put the sail and oars onto the jetty to create some space. I put the floorboard and filler piece between the seats to create the level sleeping area. There were lots of midges so I quickly threw the airbeds and sleeping bags into the tent before I zipped it shut.
We had reduced our cooking pans to a sauce pan and a small pan for boiling water. Enough for dinner on the jetty. The antislip patches held our mattresses nicely in place (but they still squeaked).

13-06-2021

Breaking up after breakfast took about 45 minutes:

  • clear away sleeping bags, mattresses etc.: 15 mins
  • clear away tent : 5 mins
  • put cooking stuff on board : 5 mins
  • tidying up: 5 mins
  • ready for sailing (attach sail and boom, oars on board):10 mins

We left the Diepsterbos at 1000 hours with an E3 with one reef and took it out almost immediately. When we reached the Schoenerbult it was still E2-3. The wind dropped to E1 as it warmed up. So when we reached the Hoek van de Bant at 1230 hours our speed was only 1kn. After that the wind died away completely.

We drifted past Oostmahorn at 1400 and continued towards the Schoenerbult where the wind picked up to a gentle E2-3. When we passed the Diepsterbos it was again a E3.
We reached Lunegat at 1615 hours to conclude a successful experiment with our new tent setup.

Positive:
  • Tying halyards away from the mast means less noise from the rigging
  • Antislip patches help to keep mattresses in place.
  • Less storage space needed for cooking utensils
  • Conversion from camping to sailing done in 45 minutes
Room for improvement::
  • Try to make mattresss less squeaky


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