Thunderbird fast Motorboat designed by Hacker

Thunderbird fast Motorboat designed by Hacker

Just for the amazing sound of these V12 Allison WWII aircraft motors.

And then mesmerize with me at the 2012 Lake Tahoe Concours d’Elegance Wooden Boat Show Roar-Off:

Experimental Motorboat “Pipefish” – Dutch Design (67)

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Pipefish

I saw this sleek motoryacht at the 2015 Sail Amsterdam parade for the first time.
Here it is moored alongside the BOTEL, the Amsterdam Boat Hotel, before it leaves mooring to potter around at Sail 2015.

Via twitter I came into contact with a son of the developer, Adriaan Bruijnzeel, who was able to give me some details.

The idea is light long and narrow, or F.T.S op, Fantasy, Tranquility, en Simplicity. Like many motorboat designs of the 20ies, speedy and economic cruising is possible with length and sleekness. It measures 15 meter by 2 meter and has an aluminum hull which reminds of a sleek sailing yacht. It can sleep 3 persons, one in a double and two in a single hut. With one Hummer H1 motor (must be a marine Detroid Diesel) of 150hp it can reach a speed of 43-45 km or 24-25 knots.

Speeding RWS 70 – Sail AMS 2015 – 1

RWS 70

In the early morning of Wednesday, August 19, 2015 I boarded a typical Dutch steel motor yacht which was rented by a friend who had invited 3 couples for a tour from Zaandam to IJmuiden and back in order to see the parade of the Tall Ships participating in the Sail Amsterdam 2015 event.

From 8.00 hr on to 10.00 hr the Noordzeekanaal would be saileable from Amsterdam To IJmuiden only and the other way around from 10.00 hr till approximately 16.00 hr it would be one way traffic from IJmuiden to Amsterdam. No freight was allowed at all during the parade.

Directions were given that the absolute speed limit would be 6 km/hr for everyone.

RWS 70 is a patrol vessel of Rijkswaterstaat. Sometimes Rijkswaterstaat is called a state within a state. It was founded in 1798 as the Bureau voor den Waterstaat. Currently it is as an agency part of the Dutch ministry of Infra structure and Environtment. As it is incorporated long before Trains and Cars became en vogue, waterways were the way to transport people and goods. From there Rijkswaterstaat has 3 tasks: Make and maintain the Dutch waterways. Protect The Netherlands from the water by creating and maintaining water defence works (think dikes and dunes) and create and maintain roads.

It is clear to me that the RWS 70 is speeding here at minimal twice the 6 km speed limit without apparent signs that it was on duty. Moreover as the maximum speed of this class of patrol vessels is around 28 knots, I fail to see why it doesn’t give an example.

By this bad example the two small boats following it also apparently believe they are in their right to speed.

Kaboom – Pirates of the Dutch Canals

Kaboom – Pirates of the Dutch Canals

Reasonably big ships can reach almost every city of some importance in The Netherlands via its vast network of canals, even square rigged pirate ships.
In Haarlem a pirate ship passes a bridge in the railroad and hits the electricity cable of the train with its rig. Promptly it causes a real lightning and thunder.
I have an idea this recent You tube footage may get viral.