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Spes Mea

The Spes Mea, a Groningen tjalk (sea-going barge), was built in 1902 at the Boerema yard in Martenshoek (near Hoogezand, Groningen). Until 1938, she operated as a sailing coaster, transporting salt, wood, coal and livestock to England, Norway, Sweden, Denmark and Germany. Later, the ship could no longer compete at sea against the larger freighters and was therefore used as a barge for transporting bulk goods.

In the 1990s, the ship was finally converted into a comfortable charter vessel and has since been considered one of the most authentic tjalks in the Netherlands. The ship is ideal for groups of up to 20 people for multi-day trips on the Wadden Sea, IJsselmeer and Frisian inland waterways. During day trips, a maximum of 25 people can sail along. A sailing trip as a company outing or as a holiday with family and friends. School trips, club outings and youth trips are also regularly organised on the Spes Mea. For individual travellers, various sailing and theme trips are offered every year.

The Spes Mea is a spacious, practical and comfortable boat. Relax in the cosy saloon and make use of the excellently equipped kitchen to cook for the whole party. Here you have a large cooker with 6 burners, good pans, kitchen appliances, plenty of plates and much more at your disposal. Next to the stairs is a beer tap where you can tap a cool beer at any time. Spes Mea also has two toilets and two spacious showers.

Ship Type
Ship type
Flat-bottomed ship
Sailing area
Wadden Sea, IJsselmeer

Prices for groups (for max. 20 persons)

You can hire the Spes Mea for a group trip on the Wadden Sea and IJsselmeer from Harlingen.

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. 5% discount in low season (October to April).

Weekend (Fri. 20:00 to Sun. 17:00):€ 2900
Week ( Sun./Fri. 20:00 to Sun./Fri. 17:00):€ 5950
Midweek (Mon. 10:00 to Fri. 16:00):€ 3950
Day trip (working days only) € 1500
Overnight stay:€ 380
Extra day:€ 920

Included in price

Personnel costs for skipper and sailor
Port charges and tourist tax
Gas, water, electricity
Engine hours
Fitted sheet and pillow with cover
Insolvency insurance (VZR Garant guarantee fund)

Not included in price

Food & drinks (can be booked on request)
Final cleaning (€ 120)
Travel to/from the ship
Travel/cancellations insurance

Extra's (Optional)

Duvets (€ 15. p.P.)
Towels (€ 6 p.P.)
Beer, 20L cask( Grolsch € 95 or Horeca beer € 70)
Reception buffet (€ 30 p.p., menu choice on request)
Grocery delivery service (cost of groceries + 10% service charge)
Cook (quote on request)


  • 6x 2 bed and 2x 4bed cabins
  • Sink with hot and cold water
  • Central heating & 220V sockets
  • 2 different size tables
  • Stereo
  • Beer tap
  • Board games
  • Small board library
  • Gas cooker with 6 burners
  • Oven (gas)
  • Refrigerator
  • Freezer
  • Coffee machine


  • 2 toilets
  • 2 showers
  • Washing machine
  • Children’s swimming vests


Ship Type


Year built/shipyard

1902 / Broerema, Martenshoek (NL)


26,00m / 5,40m / 1,20m



Sail Area


Standard Sails

Mizzen, mainsail, foresail, inner and outer jibs

Extra sailing

Water sail


DAF 1160, 186 HP

  • Rain canopy
  • Barbecue