Your stay on the 't Wapen fan Fryslân
Port of departure: Enkhuizen
Two-mast schooner 't Wapen fan Fryslân offers the comfort of a hotel and the freedom of a traditional sailboat during your journey. You'll have everything you want on board while discovering the most beautiful destinations around the IJsselmeer, the Wadden Sea and the Frisian lakes. The ship can accommodate a maximum of 70 day guests and 36 overnight guests.
This 55-metre long two-mast offers plenty of space on deck. There is a second steering wheel at the back of the campaign deck. You can laze and relax in the sun loungers and on the couches. The middle deck has four seating areas and the sun deck includes a jacuzzi and a number of lounge cushions.
The high, dense railing ensures that children can stay on board safely.
The luxurious and warm features make the ship a great place for a sailing trip with friends or family, a company outing, a trip on board with your business associates, training sessions, an anniversary or a wedding.
From the beginning of April to the end of September the ship is used for Sail & Bike sailing cruises.
Sailing on the 't Wapen fan Fryslân
The 't Wapen fan Fryslân stands for a hotel experience on a traditional sailing ship. Sailing the IJsselmeer, the Wadden Sea and the Frisian lakes can rightfully be called a sailing cruise. From a day of sailing with friends, colleagues or customers to a two-week cycling and sailing holiday in your own country – it's all possible.
The home port of 't Wapen fan Fryslân is Enkhuizen. From here you can set off in all directions, depending on the weather conditions. In the spring you can opt for a tulip-themed route via Amsterdam, Purmerend and Alkmaar through the Noordhollandsch Kanaal to Den Helder and from there back to Enkhuizen (week trip). But for those who prefer the tranquillity of the UNESCO World Heritage site of Wadden Sea can be there within the day from Enkhuizen. The Frisian coast is also less than a day of sailing away.
The ship has a sail area of 550 m2. That means 'all hands on deck' while sailing. An ideal teambuilding experience to sail this ship, which won't work without mutual communication.
View the sailing area
Your host on board is Erik van Aken. Together with his crew, he ensures that you have everything you need on board. Erik has been sailing for decades and knows the area well.
He prefers to stand outside on the campaign deck and sail the ship to its next destination. Or he's busy smoking the fish for the next meal on deck together with the guests.
The wheelhouse, with large windows all the way around, is also the unique bar, made using a part of an open sailboat. From here you get a full view of the surroundings. In the wheelhouse you can enjoy the comfortable sofa in addition to the bar. You can get to the salon via a staircase. This is equipped with four tables with benches. Three tables can be moved, so the space is multifunctional. Whether it's an extensive buffet, or product presentation or dance floor, the space offers plenty of options.
Next to the salon is the catering kitchen. This is equipped with all conveniences such as a combi-steamer and bain marie warming container. From a simple, hearty meal to an extensive four-course dinner, everything is possible. You can organise this yourself, but we can also organise a professional chef and you needn't worry about a thing.
A staircase leads to the comfortable sleeping quarters via the wheelhouse. All 12 rooms are identical and have two separate box-spring beds, which can optionally also be placed in a double setting. In addition, each room has a folding bed, creating triple rooms. Beds are already made upon your arrival. Each room has its own en-suite bathroom with a shower, sink and toilet.
Facilities on the 't Wapen fan Fryslân
In 1958, the Twente Lek was first put into service as a freighter. The ship, a Kempenaar, was, together with another 10 identical ships, built by different shipyards in the north of the country for the Rederij Twente Rijn. These ships transported salt from Hengelo to Germany and took back all sorts of different cargo. The position of the Dutch salt industry changed radically in the 1970s. From the late 1970s, Akzo decided to sell a number of ships privately, including the Twente Lek.
In 2003 the ship was shortened by 5 metres and turned into a two-mast schooner. Inside the ship was converted into a beautiful luxury charter ship that was put into service in April 2004.