When you’re about to board the Les Six Frères (‘The Six Brothers’ in French) you can’t possibly imagine the world that’s about to unfold. Where the exterior is somewhat boring compared to our other outspoken vessels (sorry brothers), the interior is surprisingly spacious, modern and light. If we go by the name the vessel could easily take in six men, but we’d say it’s just perfect when traveling with a group of four. The wheelhouse has to be mentioned; with its all-around windows and comfy pillows it’s the perfect hide-away.
Type: Luxury Motor
Size: 22×4 meters
Max. Guests: 4
One double bed (140 x 190 cm) in the aft cabin
One double bed (150 x 200 cm) in the forepeak
The Les Six Frères is a so-called luxury motor ship
. When combustion engines were invented in the 1920’s shipbuilders were forced to come up with new designs. The hull needed a different shape to convert the rotation of the propeller into the highest possible speed. Also, the interior had to be rearranged now housing a massive engine. While starting from scratch the naval architects came up with the idea to install wooden cabins as a relaxing area for sailors. This, in combination with the introduction of the chain steering wheel, introduced a degree of comfort which sailors could hardly believe at the time. The bedroom located in the stern of the ship still displays wooden details from back in the day.
Sorry UK blokes, the UK85 doesn’t have any link to your kingdom. To the contrary, the oh so Dutch UK85 was not even designed to make it across the sea. On our wharf, and in Dutch fishing tradition, UK refers to the harbor village of Urk. Once a small island in the former Zuiderzee, now swallowed by a polder called Flevoland, Urk still hosts the biggest fishing fleet of the Netherlands. What the UK85 might lack in seaworthiness it totally makes up for in coziness. The boat has a really authentic feel to it. When below decks the original wooden interior, with inspiring Bohemian touches from the 70’s, immediately embraces you like a warm winter coat. The two separate bedrooms make this the ideal ship when traveling with children. If you’re comfortable with living in a small and adventurous boat this is the boat for you!
Type: North Sea Botter
Size: 18×5 meters
Max. Guests: 4
Two double beds (140 x 200 cm) in the forepeak
The UK85 is a so called ‘Botter’. Botters were designed to catch fish in the former Zuiderzee and the coastal areas of the North Sea. The first Botters were built during the second half of the 18th century. Oak has been used for the construction of the hull while the forward deck is made of less slippery pine wood. The front of the ship, the bow, is quite high creating room for sailors to stand up straight when moving around below deck. In the stern of the ship there’s three casks with perforated sides allowing the outside water to flow freely through. The fish, caught with large nets, were kept alive and fresh in these casks making it possible for the Botter to extend its fishing-time. Nothing other than wind was used to go places. When winds were low an additional ‘monkey’ functioned as an extra sail adding some horsepower.