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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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  • 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. 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.

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

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, thistime into a charter ship.

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

Despiteits 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 atotal 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 afresh 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 makean inquiry and we will get back to you with a detailed proposal on short notice!

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Property type

Sailing ship

Check in/out time

Please, ask owner


6 Bedrooms, 20 Sleeps

Single bed: 20


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

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Number of bathrooms: 2
Number of toilets: 2

Holiday type


Sporting activities


Fully equipped kitchen
Linen provided

Towels provided
Dining table & chairs


Music system / CD player

Heating / cooling

Central heating


Sea views

Panoramic views

General information

Paid parking
No pets allowed

Smoking not allowed
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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Houseboat owner

Hans and Maria

Looking forward welcoming you on board!

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

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