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Preview: The Dutch Tjotter, A Frisian Boat in Tasmanian Waters

April 20, 2017

With their beguiling curves and stunning amplitudes, Dutch boats have always had an air of mystery about them. When a small fleet of them turned up at the Australian Wooden Boat Festival in Tasmania this winter, we got right in line to take a ride on this beautiful tjotter.

Dutch boats were some of the first European boats to reach Australia – Tasmania is named after Dutch explorer Able Tasman – so their presence Down Under makes sense. Boatbuilder and instructor Bert van Baar explains how the tjotter was essential in a time when roads were few and boats were the primary mode of transport.

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