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SHIP & CREW

HISTORY OF STEADY

As she was only built in 1993, Steady is a relatively young ship with a simple history.

After being designed by American George Beuhler and built in Gdansk in 1993, the steel-hulled Steady has whiled away her days as a charter vessel, taking her guests in comfort and style. Barely 20 years old, this makes up most of her history, leaving her open for plenty of memories to be made in the capable hands of Jan-Willem and Mariëlle. Become a part of Steady's history and join her as she sails through iconic waters – including the Caledonian Canal, the North Sea crossing and making the journey out to the fantastical St. Kilda.

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specifications:

Designer:

George Beuhler, America

Year:

1993

Builder:

Stocznia Wiswa, Gdansk

Displacement:

53 tons

LOA:

22 m

Draught:

1.90 m

Beam:

5.40 m

Rigging:

Staysailketch

Sailarea:

about 175 m2 + gennaker 145 m2

Number of sails:

5

Crew:

2

Number of beds for passengers:

8

 

SKIPPER PROFILE

Dutch husband and wife, Jan-Willem and Mariëlle Kerkmeer have been skippering Steady since 2010.

As a young boy Jan-Willem was taught to sail by his father. Together, they made adventurous trips from the Netherlands to the English coast, Shetlands and Norway.

Sailing became his first love and he’s worked at sailing schools in the Netherlands, crossed oceans and worked in Greece as flotilla leader. In the meantime he met Mariëlle and together they sailed to UK & Scandinavia with their Rival 34, completing an ocean crossing from Sint Maarten via the Azores to the Netherlands.

In 2009, Jan-Willem obtained his Commercial Sailing License at the Nautical college Enkhuizen. Seeing his enthusiasm for life as a skipper, Mariëlle followed suit in 2010. Jan-Willem sailed for two years as the first mate on board a square-rigged Tall Ship with Marielle as deckhand. Here the idea arose to embark on a life-long dream; sailing our own charter ship. After looking for a ship that we could man together, in 2010 we bought Steady and chartered our first summer in the Netherlands.

After a lot of maintenance and renewals, Steady has been MCA certified since 2015. With our love for the Scottish West Coast they now love sailing in this fantastic area of outstanding natural beauty.

We love Steady’s traditional look and she has the bonus of being comfortable and easy to sail. She has four sails: mizzen, staysail, jib and headsail. Under good wind conditions she has a speed of 7-8 knots. For spacious courses with little wind we have a gennaker of 145 m2.

 

USEFUL INFORMATION

What to bring on board?

  • Shoes with a good grip
  • Rubber wellies or a 2nd pair of shoes for wet weather 
  • Warm clothes, hat
  • Sun protection (sunglasses, sunscreen)
  • Swimsuit,towel if you want to swim!
  • Passport or identity card
  • Travel insurance
  • Use soft travel bags. We cannot stow suitcases or riged bags.
  • Binocular, if you own one

     On board are standard:

  • Sailing suits for men and women in various sizes
  • Life jackets
  • First aid kit with the most common means.

     Transfer to and from the ship:

  • You provide your own travel to and from the ship

LIFE ON BOARD

STEADY

Sailing Steady is designed to be as enjoyable as possible - with amazing wildlife, great food and stunning scenery.

The day starts with a hearty breakfast, after which everyone will prepare the ship for the day’s sailing. Below deck, everything is cleared away and above deck the sheets and sails are prepared before you get under way. Sailing experience isn’t necessary, but everyone is actively involved – Steady’s crew are happy to show you the ropes. Departure is around 9.30am to make the most of the day, and we often have a destination in mind, but the weather will influence the decision. We want to sail as much as possible rather than motoring into a gale! As most vessels in this area, Steady will go where the wind takes her.

Whatever the weather, it is wonderful to be out on the sea. Enjoy the beautiful views and the clean air that fills your lungs – not to mention the exhilaration of seeing Steady’s full rig being filled by the wind. Steady has a spacious deckhouse with surrounding views so you can still enjoy your surroundings when the weather isn’t behaving. Usually lunch will be enjoyed outside when under sail, which is really wonderful: being outside works up an appetite like nothing else. The number of hours of sailing can vary between 4 and 7 hours a day.

You will then usually spend the evening and night in a calm anchorage. Being close to shore means you’ll be able to be dropped off by dinghy to stretch your legs on a beautiful costal walk if you’d like.

A day of sailing makes you hungry so dinner is served at around 7pm. The evenings are relaxed; chatting with new friends or finding a quiet spot on board with your book.

After a full day in the open air, you can sleep peacefully in our spacious and comfortable beds, ready for a new day of seafaring adventure.

Being at sea means you’ll spot an abundance of marine life, including occasional sightings of very rare or endangered species such as Sea Otters and Basking Sharks. The birdlife is incredible as you’ll be able to explore uninhabited islands that are a real haven for Alken, guillemots and puffins, among other species. In the water, you’ll often spot dolphins and porpoises who love to come and play in the bow-waves. Perhaps a rarer marine mammal is the minke whale, but we do see them occasionally.

In addition to watching diving gannets grabbing their dinner straight out of the ocean, keep your eyes peeled for Sea Eagles and Golden Eagles– if you’ve got binoculars, we highly recommend you bring them!

Both Jan-Willem and Mariëlle love good food and cooking. The menu includes meat, fish and vegetarian dishes. Throughout the day guests  can take their own coffee & tea and soft drinks to keep hydrated in the salty sea air.

Breakfast is varied each day, often including bread, cheeses, jams and spreads in addition to yoghurt and porridge or granola – sometimes there’s boiled eggs, or fried bacon and eggs on offer if you’re doing a longer sailing day.

Lunch is a relaxed affair on deck, normally consisting of soup or salad, served with a selection of different breads. Examples include pumpkin, tomato or lentil soup, fish chowders, tuna salad or couscous salads; all made with the finest fresh produce.

Dinner is heartier to really fill you up after a day of being in the fresh air. It’s really varied but makes use of the best ingredients and draws influence from cuisines around the globe, from Morrocan lamb stew with apricots to a simple lasagne or an authentic chicken curry made with fresh herbs and spices. Sometimes if the skipper has bought some fresh fish, it’ll be barbecued up on deck. Dinner is always served with  vegetables or salad.

There is of course dessert, which includes Greek yoghurt with fresh fruit, a selection of ice creams or simply coffee and chocolates. During an 7-day trip you will eat 1x dinner a shore at your own expense. For the 10 and 12-day trips 2x.

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Drinks. Water and soft drinks are included in the price. Beer, wine and whiskey are available on board. The bar is accessible to everyone and you keep track of what you drink. At the end of the trip, this will be paid in cash (EUR or GBP) on board.

It is allowed to bring your own drinks on board. | For safety reasons the bar is closed during sailing.

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