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Eco friendly sailling ship Tranquillum - Sleeps 14

We warmly welcome families and groups who want to enjoy peace and space while sailing the IJsselmeer and Wadden Sea.

Excellent! 5/5 (2 reviews)


  • Your money is safe, we pay your host 2 days after check-in.
  • 100% refund in the unlikely event the host cancels.
  • Changing booking details is always free.
  • Access to urgent phone line during your booking.
  • Book Co2 positive, we compensate 3 times more than we emit.

Sailing ship highlights

  1. Departs from:, Monnickendam, Makkum
  2. Type & Length: Tjalk 21.5 m.
  3. Capacity day trips: 20
  1. Nr of beds: 14
  2. Sailling area: IJsselmeer, Frisian Lakes, Waddensea

Sailing ship summary

Sailing with the Tranquillum - meaning 'calm weather' in Latin - will get you in a relaxed mood as soon as you get aboard. This wonderful historic ship, a 21,5 meter long Tjalk built in 1890, is perfect for friends and families who appreciate a calmer pace. We sail both the IJsselmeer and the Wadden Sea, as well as the Frisian lakes. This can be discussed with Zeger and Emilie who run this family business. They will accompany you during the trip, so no sailing experience is required. But there is a good chance that you will be a pretty good sailor at the end of the trip thanks to the enthusiastic guidance you will get from the skipper and his mate.

Would you like to rent this ship for your group? Ask for a free quote.

Sailing ship description

The options of this eco friendly sailing ship are huge. Departing from the harbor of Monnickendam, you can book a one-day sailing trip on the Gouwzee and Markermeer, simply enjoying the stunning surroundings these waters have to offer. Or sail a whole week on the IJsselmeer or Wadden Sea. When going out for a single day this Tjalk can accommodate up to 20 people. On multiple day trips the capacity is 14.

Back to the basics

When you go out with the Tranquillum, there are a lot of things you should not expect. Don't expect a high-end 5-star sailing yacht, don't expect a TV and stereo-set, and don't expect airconditioning. What we do offer is a very stable, characteristic, cosy and environmental friendly piece of Dutch heritage. Get ready to go back to the basics with us and enjoy what life is really about. Since 1990 the crew of this ship has been sailing with much joy on traditional sailing vessels. The crew makes sure you have a great time and any questions you might have about the ship they will be happy to answer.

The layout of this sailing ship

This ship is a great option for trips with children as it has a flexible bed layout. In total there are five 2-person cabins with bunkbeds. Also we offer two 2-person cabins with double beds, of which one can be turned into a 3- or 4-person cabin.

This ship is a very stable tjalk which allows also people with lesser stability to sail with her. You will find a comfortable and cosy main room with a warm and nostalgic feel. This is the perfect spot to have an enjoyable evening with your company.The width of the vessel is 5 meters and the depth is 1,2 meter. The electricity supply is 12V and 230V.

Our eco-friendly philosophy

A sailing holiday offers one of the smallest carbon footprints possible, and with our eco-friendly philosophy we make it even smaller. We use our sails as much as possible and this way try to use as few diesel as possible. Aboard we are conscious about water usage and we only use environmental cleaning products to keep our ship in the wonderful condition she is in. Furthermore we separate our waste and use as much organic products for our wonderful catering service as possible.

Flexible catering service

If you want to be spoiled to the bone, you are more than welcome to use our all-inclusive catering. You will be served a wonderful breakfast, snacks, lunch, a 'safe arrival drink' with Dutch herring and a wholesome evening meal with dessert. But you can also participate in preparing the meals and get a 10% discount on the catering price. On request you can also choose to let us do the shopping and get recipes so you can do the cooking yourself. All this we can discuss of course.

Winter Trips and Kids- and Family Cruises

We do offer special trips during the winter period (do we still have real winters, you may ask, but at least the weather is good enough most of the time to go out). And during the summer we organize special Kids Cruises. Just enquiry about the options and we will get back to you on the shortest notice with further details.

Rates and availability

Prices are dependent on the requirements of your party. Therefore we kindly ask to fill out the enquiry form on the right side of this page and we will get in touch with you as soon as possible.

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Property type

Sailing ship

Check in/out time

Please, ask owner


7 Bedrooms, 14 Sleeps

  • Twin beds (2 linked single beds): 1
  • Single bed: 12

There are two toilets and one shower. Each room has its own sink.

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Number of bathrooms: 1
Number of toilets: 2

Holiday type

Lake / riverside

Fully equipped kitchen


Dining table & chairs

Music system / CD player


Barbeque / braai

Outdoor facilities

Central heating

Heating / cooling

Sea views


Paid parking

General information

No pets allowed
Smoking not allowed

Swimminig / watersports

Activities nearby



How to get there

This ship has three homeports, contact the shipper about the location you would like to start your sailing journey. The ports are the following: Enkhuizen, Monnickendam, Makkum. Both Enkhuizen and Monnickendam can be found north of Amsterdam with quick public transport available. Makkum can be found in Friesland, the most northern Province. It’s easiest reached by car or public transport from the city Leeuwarden.

About the area

Monnickendam can be found in North-Holland about 30 minutes from Amsterdam. We always reccomend visiting Amsterdam when you're this close. It's rich history and beautiful canals are worth the trip.

The inner-city of is riddled with canals and is surrounded by settlement walls dating back to the 17th century. You can see these historic sights when you stroll through the city which has a lot of authentic buildings.

Makkum is a small town in Friesland with about 3000 residents. However it’s very popular with tourists. Makkum is well-known for her Makkumer earthwork.

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Houseboat owner


I’ve been sailing since my 10th birthday. My parents definitely had nerves of steel. After a few jobs I got tangled up in sailing with flat-bottomed boat when a friend asked me on a sailing trip with him. After that I’ve been hooked on anything with sails. In 2003 I got my certificated in sailing big sails.

For anything geological, astronomy or meteorological you can always wake me up! Of course for a drink too.

Response time
Normally within 8 hours
Language spoken
Dutch, English, German, Turkish

2 Reviews - Eco friendly sailling ship Tranquillum - Sleeps 14

Excellent! 5/5

  1. Jeff - Australia

    07 Dec

    Classic sailing ship

    Me and my family loved sailing on this historic sailing ship. The crew was very friendly and of great help explaining everything we needed to know. absolutely loved it!

  2. Roos - the Netherlands

    07 Dec

    Great school trip

    Sailed on this lovely ship for a day with our class. The kids loved they sailing and had a day they won't soon forget.

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