De Hester

Are you looking for a spacious and comfortable ship, with which you can sail actively, but that is also cosy? Then consider De Hester. And what about the jacuzzi, outdoor kitchen and pizza oven on deck? If that doesn't make for a relaxing sailing trip! Do you like action? Then the 6-person banana and the speedboat are also at your disposal. The Hester is truly a ship for all kinds of groups: families, friends, colleagues, business relations etc. The young and enthusiastic crew is eager to take you on a voyage of discovery across the IJsselmeer and the Wadden Sea.

The early years of De Hester
Built in 1898, this two-master has served as a cargo ship for almost 100 years. In 1993, the former owner decided to convert the ship for charter sailing. It was provided with 2 two- and 8 four-person cabins, excellent sanitary facilities and a fully equipped galley. There was also a cosy saloon, where you can spend time together in the evening or in bad weather.


Skipper: Luca Spano

"As a nine-year-old boy, I used to wander along the IJssel quay in Kampen. The ships moored there had a great attraction to me. I could already see myself sailing on one of those ships. During Sail Kampen, I was finally able to go on board the Stedemaeght, a beautiful barque with its three imposing masts. Gigantic! I was also allowed to take the helm of Summertime during an evening trip. It rekindled my love of sailing even more. There was not a film about sailing boats that I had not seen. Even then, I dreamed of my own boat. I scraped together all my savings and bought one. Problem: I could not sail. The book 'Sailing for Dummies' was the solution! Together with my friends, I learned some basic things about sailing. I learned a lot more at sailing lessons and took part in many sailing races with my boat.

Love for the 'brown' fleet

"Meanwhile, I had bought a bigger boat. One day I met the crew of Summertime and went sailing with them a few times. It was not long before I joined them as a mate.  Then the desire grew to make sailing my profession and become a skipper. Sailing every day, that's fantastic, isn't it?

A ship of my own

"I soon realised that I did not want to work as a salaried skipper for ten years. I would have been old before I could finally buy my own ship. Now I am still young and motivated. Why would I wait ten years?

So I started looking for a ship that I would be able to do something about, to make it better, and that would be enough to generate some turnover. And then the owner of Summertime appeared to have another ship, De Hester. During the sea trial I knew immediately: this one is mine. I was at the helm and felt at one with the ship. Thanks to financing from the bank and the owner, I was able to buy the ship after I graduated from Enkhuizer nautical college. Entrepreneurship suits me well. I like it and now I am the head of the company. This is really my ship.


Number of persons day trips
Number of persons multi-day
2-person cabins
4-person cabins
Sinks in cabins
Central Heating
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Departure ports

Kampen (other departure and arrival ports on request)

Sailing areas

Waddenzee, Friese meren, IJsselmeer


from € 2.655,- day / € 8.595,- week Show price list

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