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Yep... you found the photo section, but if you want to see your your boat in here, you’ve got to send me some pictures. Remember, your hair doesn’t have to be combed for your boat to look good!  If you’ve got actual (real paper) photos, I would be glad to scan them and return them to you.                                                           - LM

Here’s “Phifenial” with the rail in the water. She’s a 15 footer and you can bet they’re having a great day on the water.

Boat (above) is a 15 footer called           “Tijdcat

Great photo of a 20 footer by the name of “Monahseetah

    “Narwall” - 15 ft.               Tekening - also 15 ft.

The above photo is of the oldest midgetboat in the Netherlands. She was built in 1969 and when the winds down, she cruises with a single cylinder BMW diesel engine. She’s called “Gurk Griend” and has been owned by by Freek Smink since 1975.

Photo-left is of “Dulcibella” - a 1978 model owned by Jaqueline Midavaine from Tuege since 1998. Check out that nice teak deck, large fore deck port, bowsprit and dodger... this boat’s ready to leave town!

She’s a 15’ called “Nomade” and this should give you N-16 owners something to think about. Click on the image to study that outboard installation a bit closer. Very effective for good rudder control. You could do this during the winter and be ready for next spring!

I really liked these shots of the “Midget-26” from the site shown below. Good photos to see and study some of the differences from N-20s’ to N-30s’ in a 26 foot version. I don’t have the owners names, but would sure like to see some more of the interior details. Let’s hear from you...     LM

Thanks to our friend (Leendert W. Koppenol) in the Netherlands for sending and sharing these great shots. If you’re glasses were salted over a bit, you’d bet you were seeing some of your local Nordica friends. To see a few more of these boats, check out their web site at [] - There’s lots of links to lots of places.

This used to be a N-20 and has been “slightly” modified to get that bowsprit across the finish line first! This wasn’t your regular weekend project and according to her owner Harry, it’s taken him better than two years to complete all his updates. As the photos show, he’s added a significant bit of wood along the rails and I believe that he’s moved the rigging outboard..

So now, Harry calls his boat a “Nortic Channell” with the 7’ bowsprit and 8 inches of freeboard. In case you missed it, check out the self steering on the stern boom kin - bet those Fisher and Hans Christian owners sit up an look!

Nortic-in-Yard2 Nortic-In-Water1 Nortic-in-Yard3 Nortic-in-Water2

Harry was attempting to cross the Atlantic in the summer of (2002) but just one day prior to his departure, he was hit by another boat. The articles below tell more of that story and of his reasons behind the trip.                     - LM


Here’s both pages of the newspaper article describing some of his ordeal. There were plans to restart his adventure this year (2003) but other circumstances prevailed and Harry changed his plans once more. His boat is listed for sale at [ ]

It is with extreme sadness that I learned that Harry has left us on his final trip recently. We often traded emails and sent each other information on another project boat that was for sale somewhere. He knew that I was still working on my boat and I knew that he wanted another project to work on, so we teased each other comfortably. Harry and his wife visited here and we went to see them in Victoria and enjoyed our conversations greatly. He was a man with a passion about enjoying life whether it was in rebuilding his own boat, sailing around the globe or being a great friend to a total stranger. As we got to know each other better, we traded dreams of places we would go, boats we would buy and of having time after retirement to do all those things you have to put off. Harry was already retired but never seemed to stop planning his next trip. As we have all shared a portion of his lifes work in reading about his adventures, we all pass our condolences and sympathy to his wife and family. I know he’s cruising silently in the places he wanted to see but didn’t and passing his positive influence on to those who least expected it. We don’t get to meet that many people of character anymore and the pleasure of knowing him was an unexpected treat in my life. I’m sorry we never got to sail together but will take some comfort in knowing that in different circumstances we might have rounded all the horns with a wave of the arm and a glass of wine simply to celebrate life. It would have been a great adventure. - LM

Notice the “Queen Mary” in the background.

Harry sent me these photos several weeks ago showing his L.A. stop - (check the QM in the background.

Heading further South, he cruised along the Baja coastline and on into Puerto Vallarta.

A trip to remember and one he enjoyed telling to others.

Here’s a few photos from a distant admirer of the same lines - H. Hatlevik sails his Lynaes29 called “Albertine” thru some beautiful country sides. His boat was built at the Raaa Boatyard in Helsingborg, Sweden in 1977 (B.M. Mueller-designer.) She now has a Yanmar 3 cyl. diesel, teak decks and a Seldon mast and has been cruising for 10 years+ thru Norway, Denmark and the Shetland Islands.        

Hallgeir bought his boat around 1991 and manages to spend two or three months each year onboard. He writes: “The boat is an excellent cruising sailer. We have even participated in a few races, twice from Bergen/Norway to Lerwick/Shetland Island in which we took second place in our class. 

The Lynaes 29 is rated in the LYS handicap-system to .99 and in the Shetland race in 1993, we got into stormy weather. The boat and crew survived after a complete 360 degree roll over... That proves the boat is extremely well built.” He also mentioned that they manage to keep warm during those frosty times with a small oven that burns wood. The summers in western Norway can be pretty chilly!      Thanks Hallgeir -

Can’t tell if it’s really Christmas from the background, but it could be! This nice N-20 photo is of “Fat Boy” - a 1976 model owned by Jean-Pierre and sailed in the Lac Archambeault area near Mont Tremblant

Looks like he’s enjoying one of those quiet foggy mornings when the sound of your spoon clanking on the side of the coffe cup is the loudest thing you hear... but then what’s wrong with that!

<--- Compared to the rounded lines of the Nordica and Halmans, this view of “Blarney Pilgrim” looks pretty squared off! It’s great looking woodwork, but looks like she might be tougher to handle with heavy following seas.

How many times have you dreamed of having your boat docked in front of your house so you could leave the cell phone in the garage and enjoy some quality time on board!

This photo of “Lagniappe” looks very inviting for sure. She’s a Halman 20 that used to be owned by Cap’n Jim and I’m hoping to get some more photos of her in the near future. Seems that he too found a way to move the “outboard - inboard” sort of - in the aft locker area. 

Jim sent this nice photo of his H-20 “Tik-Tak” It looks like one of those slick advertising photos to entice you to come check out this boat! She’s hull #182 and has had many recent improvements like roller furling, new hull gelcoat, new wiring and lines to the cockpit for easier handling. She’s also now sporting a new 6 hp. Mercury outboard. Sounds like she’s in fine shape to sail the Arrow Lake, B.C. area where this photo was taken. Thanks Jim.

It’s a real treat to hear from another sailer “across the pond” that also enjoys his boats and people enough to setup his own website at [] to show you some details about his own and several other “Lynaes-14’s” - I was excited to check it out but got stalled pretty quick at the first page... my “Danish skills” are limited to enjoying them for breakfast rather than reading in their language....!!! So guess what, “Ole the Man” said no problem.. he just did another version in english for us, so now you can read it at [] - along with some of his photos.

How about this Capn’ Canine!!!!

Here’s “Madam Blue” owned by Henning Lovdal - sailing out of Gilleleje.

Here’s a photo of capn’ (Kjeld Sorensen) proudly showing the colors on his boat called “Spar”

Thanks for the photos Ole - LM

There’s been quite a few N-16 readers that have asked about the doors, hatchboards or panels in their boats. Seems that over time and probably due to a variety of past owners, they can’t get the cabin sealed or locked reasonably and aren’t sure just what to do about it. Check out the larger view of “Ole’s” boat and maybe you’ll get some more ideas. He also has a nice self designed beerholder on his site - looks like a good idea to me.

Every boat owner/cap’n has a few good (seemingly original) ideas that they implement on their boat. Sometimes they’re visible and other times they can be hidden out of sight but very useful just the same. I ran across the photo on the far left and noticed the really nice job of creating a “hard dodger” on a boat with generally rounded and flowing lines. I searched further and ended up exchanging emails with Cap’n Ulrich” of “Trixania Mawi” - (a Midget-26) who has not only built the dodger, but has set his boat up with numerous other very useful additions. She’s rigged to sail comfortably and to stay out under her own resources a bit longer than most. (Don’t miss the radar, wind power in the third photo.) I hope you enjoy viewing these... Thanks Ulrich - LM

Here’s a couple of great looking photos from Capn’ Steve of his fine looking “Aegir” (more photos on the Halman Page) - The details in these should inspire you to study the rigging and the nice additional features like the contoured sliding companionway cover. Looks like we need some grub and we should shove off!!! Thanks Steve - LM

Sometimes I get a photo from someone that I really enjoy seeing. It’s the appeal of sitting at your computer while you were wishing you were somewhere else. This is one of those photos that takes me there just by looking at it. - I hope you will enjoy it as much as I have. You can see where the nicest boats are tied... “Runom” in in the front and center!

This year brought far too many storms, winds, hail and other natural disasters that generally made life pure hell for thousands of people. Even if you’re 100’s or 1000’s of miles away, you feel a loss for their troubles because you know storms aren’t fussy about who they pick! It could be coming to a “house” near you at any time.

It looks like this Halman 20 faired better than the rest of the neighborhood. The owner said she took a little sweeping from the broom to get her back in shape and that’s about all!

There is a slight mystery however as to where his anchor landed... seems that it just plain disappeared!

Sometimes you just happen to find something really interesting in places where you didn’t expect to. These two boats were tied within a few feet of each other and without knowing the full story, I’d guess that someone liked the larger boat so well they decided to make a “junior edition” just for the fun of it. On the other hand, maybe I’ve got it backwards. If the real owner ever sees these photos, I hope they’ll send an email with some more of the real story.. Found these in the town of Wickford, R.I. - Pass the word if you know the owner(s).

Here’s two photos that are available on the “DeKloet” website listing under [] - What an outstanding job of finishing out a beautiful craft with clean details. I’m alreadly experiencing mortal fear of having that clean white rub rail dragging along the soft green mossy scum line on the wall... and I don’t even own the boat! Beautiful work should be admired by all. - LM

I recently received this nice shot of a 1989 Halman 21 called“Mazinzi” from Cap’n Bill. I was surprised to know that she’s actually “that new” and believe that for now, she’s the record holder for the most recently built Halman 21 that I’ve heard about. Bill sails her from the Stormont Yacht Club near Cornwall, Ontario and has some ambitious plans to find the right trailer for her and see what the East and West Coasts look like from the cockpit of a Halman. Both coasts are going to look just great Bill.. and when you get to the “West one” - let me know and we’ll add some more photos of your travels.

Here’s a couple of great photos from Capn’ Marijn and crew hailing from Utrecht, Holland with their brand new Midget 26.

The link below should connect you with some beautiful photos of their brand new boat as she was being built. They launched her last April and visited the De Kloet yard frequently while the work was progressing. What a great day it must have been to pour that “bubbly” over the hull.

If you look closely, I believe that knot meter is reading - 9.2!


When you go to this site, be patient for just a few seconds while the photos load up.

I received this nice photo from Cap’n Steve with the caption of “One design Fleet” which seems pretty appropriate but after studying the details a bit further, I thought I would exchange it for the following caption ... .just for fun!

        NEWS FLASH!!!

New Marina on Opening Day.... it’s a bit off the beaten path, but if you can get your boat here thru wind, rain, sleet, snow (yep, you’ll see some in the background) and waves that would sink a good duck, you can have your first 5 years of moorage for free!”

      And look who showed up!                               Thanks Steve.

Here’s a couple of interesting photos for those who might wonder where you could find another Halman-20 to check out. The photo on the right was toward the end of a long journey from New England to Texas to Oregon and finally to Wrangell Alaska. And all of that before she hit’s the water!

Cap’n Lou was determined to find the boat he wanted and then proceeded to get her “home” so he could crawl inside during the winter and watch his satellite TV ... or maybe just to read the paper! Anyway, he’s had quite a trip and was in no mood to argue when the travel lift operator said “where would you like the slings?”

He might have replied... just pick a spot and let’s see what happens!

Actually Lou spent some time rebuilding the wooden framework that the hull was sitting on and then she was towed aboard the Alaska State Ferry “Matanuska” and took the inside passage to Haines, Alaska. From there it was still a 750 mile tow around and over two mountain ranges to his house in Anchorage.

This nice view to the left is simply one of the many necessary “rest stops” along the way. This isn’t a sight you’ll see every day but then when he launches her at some far away pristine lake and glides along the shores, anyone seeing him would likely be a bit surprised as well if they only realized the long and difficult trip it took to get her to that spot.

This “entry” may be our “furthest north” record for a Nordica or Halman. Thanks Lou.

Cap’n Tom has been busy again working on his great looking Nordica-16 and has recently done some updates to the companionway hatch cover to improve the perimeter seal and to make it look a bit nicer from the exterior.

While he didn’t go so far as in adding further ventilation that factor seems to be subject to some of the location features of where the boats are kept. Hotter climates (S.E. US) always has to deal with these issues more because of the long and “hooooot” and “huuuumid” summer days - even when you’re on the water, it’s still hot and vents will help to minimize the mildew buildup in the interior. Still a nice looking result for those additional years on the water.

Thanks Tom


Another nice looking and functional addition with the “snap down” cockpit cover on his boat. They’re really more of a “twist-lok” than a snap lock but the intent is the same and that is to keep the cover in place when you want to keep the rest of the “neighborhood stuff” out of your boat.

The two vertical sections you see are sewn into the cover and serve to permit you to tie up those spots with short lines around the boom - this keeps the necessary slope on the cover to let the rain and “stuff” to easily run off the sides without being trapped on anything else. Looks like he was able to get a pretty decent color match to the hull of his boat as well. I’m not sure which came first, but they’re both there now - and that all that matters.

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