Duyfken has been designed as an authentic replica. Installation of modern machinery and extra ballasting to comply with current survey requirements were undertaken after initial sailing trials. Duyfken performs well under sail. She easily makes 4 knots in moderate conditions and frequently reaches 7 knots.
Although the rudder is small and the tiller turns the rudder through a limited arc, the ship maneouvers well and tacks easily. Sails are flax and rigging, including the standing rigging, is hemp rope.
|Length between Stem and Sternpost||19.94m|
|Length Beakhead to Taffrail||25.2m|
|Height of Stern above waterline||5.5m|
|Draft, deep laden||2.45m|
|Depth in hold||2.3m|
|Estimated displacement, deep laden||110 tonnes|
|Sail area||2902m (31002ft)|
|Rig||Three masted, square fore and main, lateen mizzen|
|Planking below waterline||60mm|
|Planking above waterline||40-50mm|
|Framing timbers||200 x 200mm, 400mm "room and space".|