Kemeling builds a westlander sloop
History of the Westlander
The original Westlander is made of wood and was used to transport horticultural products to the auction. Initially, these boats with wooden 'paddles' were pushed from the quay by horses or by hand. From 1880, the boats were also made of steel and later, at the beginning of the 20th century, the boats were fitted with a motor. As a result of the crisis, the last original Westlander was built in 1932. In the 1970s the construction of the iconic boat started again, although only for recreational purposes. This year Kemeling Kunststoffen will take up the challenge to use their expertise to breathe new life into this iconic Westlander boat!
Update VII - The 'foundation'
We started building the Westlander! The rafters are connected to each other and form the basis for the sloop. HDPE is a flexible material so in order to make it a bit stiffer, we wrapped a number of steel profiles in technical plastic. We also regularly use this technique for rectangular tanks. The next step is to reverse the sloop so that the outside (the skin) can be attached to it. This process requires some dexterity and precision on the part of our production staff, but after the welding you really start to get a good idea of what the sloop is going to look like.
End of 2019
Update VI - Preparation of the construction
Now that the design has been optimized by the findings from the test piece, the parts can be taken out. Many parts of the sloop need to be milled and the preparation of this work is done digitally. Partly in SolidWorks and partly in AutoCAD. The construction will start with the rafters that will be kept at the right distance by connecting strips. This will be built up on a frame that has the outer shape (curvature) of the sloop. This frame will be built by steel farmer Gijs Knoll and will be the base during the production of the sloop.
Update V - Test piece
We could not wait any longer, so we have already built a piece of the Westlander sloop! It's a cross section of the middle segment. Not only is this start good to test the construction, it also shows how much space you have for your welding machine, what the construction sequence should be and how the parts should exactly fit together so that construction can be done accurately and smoothly.
End of 2018
Update IV - Digital design
Now that the wishes for the interpretation are clear, the next step is to approach experts. They can give tips on good length-width ratios, manoeuvrability and drive. For this purpose, 2 experts have been approached. Thanks to their input, the 3D drawing work can begin. Of course building from HDPE is the expertise of Kemeling itself. So as far as the thickness of the parts and the amount of rafters are concerned, the knowledge is already in house! View the computer model:
Update III - The design proposal
Everybody thinks about the design
The three concepts from the previous update were presented to the Kemeling team by Kordaat. After this presentation they gave feedback about the concepts. A lot of useful remarks and tips came out of this. The messages on social media quickly showed that the traditional Westlander is preferred by most people. Kordaat made a design proposal in which all feedback after the presentation was incorporated. Everyone's wishes were incorporated into the custom design. Based on this drawing, the sloop will be further prepared for production.
Features of the custom design
- The picnic table in the front is adjustable in height to create a large lying area.
- Increased rear seat so the driver looks out over the foredeck
- Rudder is collapsible so it doesn't get in the way of passengers
- Electric drive and therefore a sustainable choice
- Bow thruster for optimum ease of use
- Cooling area for food and (soft) drinks
- Generous storage space
Update II - exploration and first sketches
In the previous update you could read how the idea to build a sloop came about and why Kemeling is going to take this step. In this post we explain our first ideas.
With the new year approaching, the Kemeling team has decided that it is time for a new challenge.
A project with three goals:
1. Show what is possible with the plastic HDPE
2. Bringing the Kemeling team's passion for plastics to the outside world.
3. Going to the extreme of HDPE and using all the joint production knowledge. Also of our machines.
The choice was quickly made: Kemeling is going to build a Westlander sloop in 2018, based on a Westlander. Because what could be nicer than an HDPE boat in the style of the original Westlander for the whole team to use? Right; nothing at all. The intention is that the Kemeling team will start building the sloop this summer. Until then we will post regular updates on the progress of the project. So, stay tuned!