Botter is an old Dutch type fishing vessel with a flat or slightly
V-shaped plane with a net protruding keel and angled horizons which
pass into convex outwardly extending sides, whose boeisel above the
mountain timber to invade (collapse).
Botters fished mainly on the former Zuiderzee , but were also used
for inshore fishing in the North Sea. The type originated in the 2nd
half of the 18th century.
In the original use in the fishing crew consisted of 2 to 4 people,
depending on the fishing method . These were designated as master
and servant (s), which also was the basis of social classification
in many fishing communities.
In the present recreational use is the crew at races often to 6-8
people, to smooth maneuvers and sail changes throughout time. Many
fishing boats are also rented to passengers, usually with a skipper
and a servant. The number of passengers is limited to 12 because of
After the closure of the Zuiderzee, there are virtually no new
fishing boats built. Wood and sail rig were repressed by iron and
engines. Today there are still dozens of fishing boats by sailing
enthusiasts in the region. They are united in the Botter
Preservation Society . Within the association for the restoration
and maintenance of the ships seek to maximize originality in
construction methods and materials.