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The Ryvar has a fascinating history dating back to 1916, when she was built at the renowned Boot brothers’ shipyard in Leiderdorp, the Netherlands. Originally designed as a herring lugger for the North Sea, she was named De Mervede and was a loyal companion of fishermen off the coast of the Netherlands. For the first two years of her life, she operated exclusively under sail. Today, she is carefully maintained as a traditional sailing ship under the German flag to preserve her original splendour and keep the spirit of days gone by alive.

The Ryvar embodies the desire for adventure on the high seas and the romance of days gone by. With her 2 masts and a length of about 40 metres, she offers not only an imposing appearance, but also a cosy atmosphere on board. Everywhere are cosy spots to enjoy the tranquillity of the sea or to experience beautiful moments in the company of others.

As a fellow sailor, you will be actively involved in what happens on deck, whether you are experienced or not. The operation of the rigging is clearly structured so that everyone can lend a hand. The experienced crew will expertly assist you and guide you through the art of sailing a traditional ship.

For longer sailing trips, a total of 28 berths are available on the ship, divided into six cabins. All cabins are comfortably equipped with central heating and laundry facilities to ensure guests a pleasant stay, while the inviting saloon can accommodate up to 30 people at two large tables, perfect for communal meals and convivial gatherings during the voyage. In the well-equipped galley on board, you will find a professional five-burner gas cooker, two ovens and a spacious fridge and freezer, providing all the necessary facilities for preparing delicious meals at sea.

Ship Type
Herring logger
Ship type
Sailing area
Baltic Sea

Prices for groups (for max. 28 persons)

You can hire the Ryvar for a group cruise on the Baltic Sea from Flensburg.

Prices shown are the rental for the entire ship for the season of 2024 on a self-catering basis. A price surcharge may apply for 2025. Send us your request with your desired date. From a day to a week... anything is possible.

Weekend (Fri 8pm to Sun 4pm): € 3.300
Midweek (Mon. 10.00 to Fri. 16.00): € 5.300
Week (Mon 10am to Sun 4pm): € 7.500
Overnight stay:€ 560
Day trip (09.00 to 16.00)€ 3,100 (possible price surcharge for events)
Evening tour (6 to 10 pm)/ half-day tour (4 hours) € 1,600 (possible price surcharge for events)

Included in price

Personnel costs for captain and sailor
Sheets and pillowcases
1 engine hour per day

Not included in price

Catering (can be booked on request)
Port fees (approx. €50 - €65 per port)
Final cleaning (€ 145)
Additional engine hours (€ 50/hour)
Travel to/from the ship
Travel/cancellation insurance

Extra's (Optional)

Duvets (€ 20 p.p.)
Catering (adults €25 p.p./day, school classes €18 p.p./day, vegetarians €28 p.p./day)
Flat rate for port charges and engine hours (€600 - €800)


  • 2x 2-berth, 2x 4-berth and 2 x 6-berth cabins
  • 220V European sockets
  • incl. bed linen and pillow with cover
  • For rent: Duvets
  • 4 additional berths
  • Wood stove
  • 2 large tables
  • sockets 220V
  • board games
  • Central heating throughout the ship
  • Gas cooker
  • 2 ovens
  • Refrigerator and freezer
  • Pantry
  • 2 toilets
  • 2 showers


Ship Type

Herring lugger

Year built / yard

1916 / Gebr. Boot, Leiderdorp (NL)

Home port


Length / Width / Draught

38,40m / 6,64m / 2,85m



Sail Area


Standard sails

Mizzen, mainsail, jib, inner and outer jibs

Additional Sails

2x topsails


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