The most beautiful and fastest sailing ships were built at the end of the nineteenth century. Windschip I is based on the lines of Kosmopoliet III, the clipper that was designed and built in 1871 by C. Gips from Dordrecht.
If the government plus private individual(s)/company are willing to launch a Windschip on the water, a feasibility study will first be started just to realize the construction. The Windschip must be realized as cheaply as possible.
A market investigation will also have to take place. This research will only focus on the transport of sustainable products. However, this research cannot be decisive when deciding whether to build a windship or not. There is so much uncertainty now, both in the freight market and in the financial world, that a balanced decision is impossible. That is why the ship, after the launch, will explore the market conditions in a kind of discovery voyage.
1. The hull will be built using the wood core system, a wooden skin made of cedar reinforced on both sides with fiberglass and epoxy. All timber such as trusses, deck beams, etc. (larix) will be laminated.
2. The rig will consist of hollow wooden masts and support masts (larix) reinforced with glass mat and epoxy. Due to the trapezium shape, the masts are very easy to construct.
3. There are only two types of yards. One mold is made from each. From the two molds the yards are made from one piece and from very light material.
The connection between yard and mast will also consist for a large part of laminated wood.
4. Sails. The canvas of the square sails (nine large ones and five small ones) and the three stay sails, in total 2.500 m², will have a thickness between 9 and 12.5 oz.
5. Winches. There are two types of winches to operate the sails: sail winches and bras winches.
All winches are operated independently of each other by electric motors.
The anchor winch plus anchors is conventional.
6. The mechanical propulsion is hybrid. In addition to a main engine, an E-propulsion system will be installed. This requires an electric motor and batteries. In addition, a generator will be installed on the propeller shaft.
Wind generators and solar cells are also used where possible.
7. Passenger and crew areas are soberly furnished but must fulfil the most modern safety requirements.
After several journeys, form, material and rig will be assessed.
In addition, it will be considered whether the type of ship is suitable for the market in which it has sailed.
Where must the ship be to transport sustainably grown products? Are the products delivered as bulk cargo, general cargo or container? For which type of transport is the Windschip the most suitable? What infrastructural problems did the sailing cargo ship encounter on its discovery voyage?
Measures will probably have to be taken in ports, so that a sailing ship with fixed masts can be easily loaded and unloaded.
The ship's owner (s) will also assess the transport market for sustainability. It may be possible for the shipping company to influence the market to transport certain products.
Once all this has been investigated, various windships will be built using the wooden mold (molds) of the cheapest and lightest materials.
Main dimensions Windschip I
Length (L.w.l.) 57,12 m
Beam 12,96 m
Depth 9,40 m
Draft 7,00 m
Displacement 3.017 tons
Deadweight 1.900 tons
Sailing area 1.751 m²
Type of sail plan: Dyna fregatschip