Traditional and sustainable ship 'Unexptected'

The 'Unexptected' is one of the most traditional sailing ships of the Netherlands. Explore this beauty!

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Sailing ship highlights

  1. Fast and strong sailing ship
  2. Perfect for different kind of trips
  3. Experienced and enthousiastic crew
  1. One of the most traditional Dutch sailing ships
  2. Well maintained ship

Sailing ship summary

Sailing ship de Unexptected is a beautiful clipper, built in 1908. The sailing area of this stunning traditional ship, departing from her home harbor of Makkum in Friesland, covers the IJsselmeer and the Wadden Sea. On day trips, up to 26 people can come aboard. A maximum of 20 people can sail along on multiple day trips. The experienced crew will make the most of your trip on this amazing ship.  

Sailing ship description

The Unexptected was built in Zwartsluis, a small harbor village in the East of The Netherlands, in 1908. It was originally used as a cargo ship. Later on, she was rebuilt into a boathouse. In the nineties, the ship was renovated again, this time into a charter ship.

The Unexptected is very well maintained and has a traditional and unique character. The ship is fast and strong and sails perfectly under harsh weather conditions. A trip on this historical sailing ship is an unforgettable experience. 

Despite its traditional appearance, below deck, the ship has a contemporary look. The salon and galley are well maintained and matches all your wishes and needs. We offer fully catered trips. Your meals will be prepared by your very own private chef. It is also possible to use the kitchen and take care of your own meals. 

On the same floor, six cabins are located, and a total of 20 bunk beds is present. You only need to take a sleeping bag with you. It is also possible to rent duvets. Every cabin has its own small window. Enjoy a fresh sea breeze while lying in your cozy and comfortable bed! In every cabin, a sink is present.  

The ship has a quality mark for sustainability. Together with four other ships, the Unexpected belongs to a select group of 'green' ships in the Netherlands. 

You can book several types of trips with us: a sailing weekend, a weekend with your friends, family or colleagues, a sailing holiday, a school trip, or a teambuilding boat trip. Sailing trips for larger groups and arrangements or individual trips are also possible. 

Sailing experience is required.

Note: prices depend on your personal requests, duration etc, so please make an inquiry and we will get back to you with a detailed proposal on short notice!

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6 Bedrooms, 20 Sleeps

Number of single beds: 20


There are two showers and two toilets present. Every cabine has its own sink. 


Number of toilets: 2

Holiday Type


Sporting Activities


Dining Table & Chairs
Fully Equipped Kitchen

Linen Provided
Towels Provided


Music System / CD Player

Heating / Cooling

Central Heating


Sea Views

Panoramic Views


Child Friendly

Activities Nearby

Swimminig / Watersports


How to get there



About the area

The departure and home port of the ship is Makkum. Due to the favorable location near the Afsluitdijk, you can explore the IJsselmeer area and the Wadden Sea. The Frisian lakes are also within reach. These lakes are very popular spots to practice watersports. 

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Sailing ship owner

Hans and Maria


Response time
Normally within 8 hours
Language spoken

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