Credit to: The then owner of the Volharding
Content from: The then owner of the Volharding

The Volharding, as seen in 'If I fall'
Built in 1890

Dutch sailing tjalk "VOLHARDING"

Sailing Barge "Volharding"
Dutch Oostzeetjalk
Built 1890 - Hoogezand, Holland
Length - 24.42m \ 78'6"
Beam - 4.82m \ 15' 10"
Draft - 1.4m \ 4' 7"
Air draft (approx.) - 3.84m \ 12'7"

"Volharding" was brought from Holland in 2000, she has been used for residential and cruising on the Thames and sailed in the Thames estuary in 2001. She has been well maintained and has beautiful proportions and size.


Main entry is through the amidships well deck, which has been fitted with teak edging and teak laid decks. There is a large teak table to the centre of thewell deck, with space for six people to dine alfresco. Steps lead down from the well deck to the full size teak\half glazed stabledoor and into the main saloon.

The spacious saloon has three windows on both sides, making it very light and airy, and offering good visibility of the world outside, with an opening covered window onto the well deck. Storage cupboards line both sides of the saloon, two of which contain full size fridge and freezer. The saloon is laid out informally with a leather chesterfield and Edwardian chase lounge. There is also a sideboard which has a drinks cabinet, storage for glasses and a dual brass beer pump.

Descending the steps forward from the saloon, one enters the main dining area, with large comfy fixed seating for 8 people, with glass fronted display cabinets, blue painted shelving and brass hanging oil lamps, it has a real ship's feel.

The galley is opposite and is equipped with a small fridge for everyday items, a full size dishwasher, combined oven\grill\microwave, four ring stainless steel gass hob with stainless steel extractor hood and a stainless steel gas oven. Laminate worktops with a granite chopping section and numerous cupboards. There is also a large porthole for light and ventilation.

A central companionway with a full length roof light, leads to the forward accommodation. On the starboard side, the bathroom is lined throughout with mahogany. Opposite the bathroom is a small cabin (1) fitted out with a double bunk, and a porthole. Forward of this cabin on the same side is a larger cabin (2) also fitted with a double bunk and porthole. On the starboard side is another large cabin (3) with a double bunk, which was originally designed with a double bed. This cabin has 2 portholes and an opening roof light.

Returning to the saloon, steps lead off the port side down to the astern accommodation, passing on the right a large coat cupboard, also containing the hot water tank. Continuing along the companion way the washing machine and tumble drier are located on the right behind a curtain. Opposite this is the entrance to cabin (4) and (5). Cabin 4 contains a double bed and 2 portholes, cabin 5 contains a sofa\single bed and a fold away single bunk, and 2 portholes.

Leaving cabin 5 and returning to the companionway, opposite is a bathroom with a porthole. Next you come to an area with cupboards leading off containing all the ship's electrics and a seperate cupboard containing a central heating boiler. Also there is a ladder leading up into the roof cabin and on out to the stern deck

continuing along the companionway on the port side is a private bathroom for cabin (6) with a porthole. The comapnionway then leads onto the stern state cabin, occupying the whole stern, with 2 portholes and 2 opening windows looking out over the water to the rudder. this cabin contains a double bed.


The large forward deck features the original anchor windlass\main mast winch and offers lots of space for working the ship and ropes when cruising. The inflatable is also stored on this deck and has its own winch for launching.

Over the amidships section is the main saloon roof, rising up into a wonderful double curvature\saddle roof.

The well deck is surrounded by low teak capped sides with entrance gates to both sides and there is a large outside dining area for at least 6 people. The sailing winch for the mizzen mast is also contained within this area.

To the rear of the well deck is the roof cabin, which has steel shutters to the windows and twin portholes facing forward. This cabin is the navigation cabin and access to the engine room.

The aft deck has the large tiller steering and access hatch into the roof cabin, with the engine dials mounted to the rear of the roof cabin for easy viewing when steering. All the sails have self tacking horses, making the Vorharding an easy boat to sail short handed.

Plan View of the Volharding. (click for larger image).

At the time of the video shoot, September 12th 2002, the Volharding was moored on the Thames, in Wraysbury.

The Thames at Wraysbury is particularly attractive, with the Runnymede nation park just around the corner. The mooring is full of sunlight throughout the day and benefits from a riverside lawn with a raised patio area and concrete river banking. There is also an upper, more secluded lawn away from the river. The garden is stocked with many trees, including two apple trees. a substantial summer house and garage are also on the premises. (see image above, click for larger view)

The Volharding has a speed of about 6 to 8 knots, with facilities to carry 8000 litres of water and 2000 litres of fuel, central heating throughout and running hot and cold water. Since the Video Shoot for 'If I fall', the Volharding has been sold on to a lucky buyer.