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The 'Op Hoop van Zegen' is a lemmeraak from 1916. She is being converted into a classic looking yacht.
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The Hornblower was a project of converting a snik into a yacht. I sold her in 2014 to start another project.
HomeLiving Afloat • Barges & their rudder

Barges & their rudders

Rudders are panels at the back or front of the boat which you can use to steer the boat and makes it move into a certain direction. Original rudders were in wood, later ones in metal. Modern ships have two or more rudders.

Rudders of motorised vessels are manoeuvred by chains or hydraulic.

Rudders of Luxe Motors

Freshly painted rudders of the Watergeus

Rudders of spits barges

A rudder of a 1927 built motor spits

Chain system of moving a rudder on a spits barge

Three nice examples of hydraulic systems on 'Strasbourg' spits barges

A closer view on the hydraulic system

A riveted rudder on a French spits barge

An original wooden rudder of a spits barge

Rudders of Friese klippers

A rudder of a Friese klipper

Rudders of Hagenaars

An example of an original wooden rudder, unfortunately no longer maintained

A nice wooden rudder with hand steering

Rudders of tjalken

A metal rudder with a wooden helmstok for directing the rudder

Rudders from tjalken are often decorated as can be seen in the following set of pictures:

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