The grand exhibition of sailing craft that opened in Amsterdam today, at the R.A.I. building,?
The grand exhibition of sailing craft that opened in Amsterdam today, at the R.A.I. building, illustrates an interesting intrusion of the old craft of boat building by science. Plastic materials are being used more and more for the construction of the hulls in sail boats, dinghies and luxury cruisers.
One such boat, a motor cruiser, shown at this exhibition is priced at GBP3,950. Although this material is dearer than the usual woods it has certain properties that make it preferable to them.
An interesting novelty at the Show was a Helicamper. This vessel incorporates the advantages of a helicopter and a double-berth motor boat. It contains two seats and two sleeping berths and is powered by a jet engine. The main drawback being that it can take off and land only on water. The fuel-consumption is about the same as for a large motor car and the take off distance about 200 feet. In the air it can reach a speed of 25 miles per hour and climb 6000 feet.
The costs for the necessary building materials is in the region of GBP200, excluding the engine.
Sailing is a sport near and dear to the heart of every Dutchman. From the earliest years he craves for a vessel of some sort, beginning with a canoe and hoping to end with a luxury cruiser. At this exhibition there is a range of craft to satisfy any Dutchman whatever his age.