After dismasting, ‘Jacob Meindert’ rises again
HARLINGEN _ The 38m Jabob Meindert that was towed into port last September was a sight to make any sailor cry. Strong winds off the Dutch coast had blown both masts off the schooner. A salvager had strapped them to her side. No one was injured. Today the Jacob Meindert _ based on the hull of a former German icebreaking tugboat _ is back as one of the fastest charter ships in European waters. She made a flying start at the 2013 Race of the Classics.
Says Hinke de Vries, one of the ship’s owners: “The goal was to return the ship to its former state as much as possible, while working within the budget of the insurance company and the rules of Register Holland,” the Dutch agency that certifies sailing passenger vessels. “And this had to be done on time.” An assessment was made of what could still be used, what had to be replaced and what should be designed differently. The naval design bureau Olivier van Meer drafted repair plans and did new power calculations. Since 1985, it has worked on over 600 projects: from new builds to renovations to refits. It was Van Meer who, in 1989, drew the schooner, based on the hull of an East German icebreaking tugboat