Is it possible to choose the route in advance?
Naturally you can discuss your preferred route and destination with the skipper or with the office staff. However it is never possible to completely plan a route in advance. The tide, the weather and other nautical factors, such as unavailability of a harbour, will sometimes mean that an alternative route must be taken. On the day of departure you can plan a route together with your skipper. Of course we will do our best to make your ideal sailing trip possible.
Does the ship sail in bad weather?
The ships remain in harbour only in extreme bad weather. This is due to the conditions of our insurance. The ship can safely sail up to wind force 7. It is rare for a ship to remain in harbour as the wind is, after all, rarely at wind force 7 or higher for a whole day.
Are there special insurances available?
It is possible, to take out extra insurance, such as cancellation insurance or storm insurance. The maximum price for a complete supplementary package is 8% of the hire price of the ship.
Can we also walk to Terschelling or Vlieland?
Walking over the sandbanks (“wad walking”) is only possible in the eastern part of the Wadden sea (Ameland and Schiermonnikoog). It is possible to visit these islands on a longer trip. The channels between the mainland and Terschelling and Vlieland are, even at low tide, too deep to allow a crossing on foot. Beaching and a short walk on a sandbank are possible. This unforgettable experience takes a lot of time – after beaching the ship, it takes 6 to 8 hours before the water has risen enough to continue sailing.
What clothing is suitable on board?
We recommend that you cater for every eventuality. Light clothing to sunbathe on deck and warmer clothing for the evenings and colder days. Bring waterproof jackets and trousers to be on the safe side. Wellington boots or other sturdy shoes (preferably with profiled soles) will keep your feet warm and dry.
Can we bring our pet on board?
We strongly advise against this. Most animals find tacking and a sloping – and sometimes slippery – deck very unpleasant.
How do I avoid seasickness?
Almost no-one experiences seasickness on the Wadden Sea. This is because we are always sailing between sandbanks. Any high waves break over these and result in a calm sea. Should you unfortunately get seasick then stay on deck and concentrate on the horizon. In most cases you will soon feel better.
How long does the trip to Terschelling take?
The time a trip takes depends on the weather, the wind direction and the tide. Usually the crossing takes between four and six hours. If you need to arrive by a certain time it is, of course, possible to start the motor.
Can we cook on board?
On the Zeemeeuw is fitted with complete kitchen. A professional stove, a fridge/freezer and a complete kitchen inventory mean it is possible to cook for yourself. If you prefer it is also possible to hire a caterer. For more information contact us.