On July 23 and 24, during my stay there, I could visit Punterbouw Schreur, one of the two historic boatyards of the place with a history dating back to the early eighteenth century.
The yard has two parts. A more traditional, housed in what was supposed to be starting in a barn, and a modern and larger one where more innovative work is done.
Of course my interest was especially for the traditional one, where the "punters", the tipical local boats, are born.
I would call the punter a solid, stable, elegant and versatile boat at the same time.
The name of (dutch) Punter includes actually a family of small boats that can be pushed forward by the "punteraar" with a long stick, through narrow channels with shallow water (a second persons is needed to stear the boat).
But in the open spaces they usually mount a sail. Currently they are all generally adapted to mount an outboard motor.
The traditional local punter (Giethoornse punter) has a length of 6.30 m, width 1.50 m, depth 15 cm.
In Ghiethoorn's shipyards are built also other small kinf of punters such as the Kamper, the Beulakermeer, the Zeilboatien and punters a bit bigger such as the Noordwesthoek (7.9 x length 1.90 wide), IJsselmeer (7.45 x 2.10), the Kuunder (8.85 x 2.90).
These crafts are still made of strong and solid oak wood and typical of Giethoorn is the shape of the rudder.
At the site are currently also built boat tours (rondvaartbok), up to 50 seats (I have seen two under construction). The hull is actually made of aluminum with cladding made of oak wood and is powered by an electric motor.
Boat tour around Giethoorn: