As a child I always watched this movie https://youtu.be/NatkhA5Wgaw about a girl called Carolientje and her little boat. In Dutch language we do not say little Carolien but Carolientje. Adding “tje” means little. I was always singing this song of Louis Neefs but changing it to Gerardientje and her little boat.
Growing up I started to find the story about Carolientje a bit stupid, why keep on dreaming if you can do it for real! Only for a short period I did not have a boat and it feels like missing an arm or a leg. When I was 17 I lived and worked on my first boat, the Res-Nova. It was a “Tjalk” build in 1893, a beautiful old Dutch sailing barge with the typical wooden side boards that replace a keel. My first husband and I had a charter company with this boat. Below pictures were taken last time I was on board, just before she changed owner.
During the first trip with Tasmin West my present boat, I recalled the song, thinking :
“I did it, YES”.
Tasmin West, former name RP15, is an old police patrol vessel. On the dedicated page you will find a lot of pictures. Probably you can imagine that such an old boat needs lots of maintenance. I am lucky my husband has a yacht wharf. And I made a good deal; if I maintain the website, he maintains the boat. We also have a second principle; he is responsible for the technical issues and I am responsible for styling the boat. And technical issues are always secondary important as the style of the boat. I hope you enjoy the pictures, more will follow.