Harlingen, Kampen

Pouwel Jonas

Step aboard the authentic two-masted topsail clipper Pouwel Jonas, and skipper Henri and sailor Pascal will welcome you with open arms. Under their expert guidance, you may help sail the beautiful sailing ship to the most beautiful places on the IJsselmeer or the Wadden Sea. The wind in your hair. The adventure on the horizon. From the spacious deck you can enjoy the breathtaking views. This is freedom.

Magic in the kitchen

Thanks to the large windows in the nautically decorated saloon, you need not miss anything of the surroundings, the most beautiful sunsets and the activities on deck, even when you are inside. Hungry after a day in the open air? Then dive into the fully equipped galley and create the most delicious meals for your group. That will be easy thanks to the large gas cooker and the large oven.

Sailing on a green ship

Sustainability is important on board the Pouwel Jonas. For example, you will find biodegradable cleaning products and toilet paper. In the morning, you wake up to the delicious smell of fair trade coffee. A water cooler with flat, sparkling and filtered water on board prevents an excess of plastic bottles. 

In service for almost 125 years

The Pouwel Jonas was built in 1897 and sailed as a cargo ship for many years. One hundred years later, converted into a comfortable charter, this clipper has been on the move on IJsselmeer, Ketelmeer, the Wadden Sea and the Frisian inland waterways for many years.


Skipper: Henri van Dijk

Henri van Dijk is the owner of two ships: the Utopia and the Pouwel Jonas. He himself usually sails on the Utopia.

Especially youth groups and schools know how to find both spacious and comfortable ships, much to Henri's delight. "I have a lot of patience with them and they are allowed to go almost anywhere on the ship. If some youngsters want to come and have a look in the wheelhouse, or stand at the helm, they are very welcome."  

Feeling at home on board
"I like to make my guests feel at home on the ship. I also like chatting with my guests." He also has some special conversations with the teachers during such a school trip. "They are always in direct contact with the next generations and are forced to think about it. They accompany these young people for a longer period of time during an important period in their lives. I find that special, so I like to talk to them about that. As long as I keep the ship on course, I have plenty of time to pay attention to my guests on board." 

Continuous improvement
Henri is always working to make his ships even better and more comfortable, and he certainly keeps the environment and sustainability in mind. He uses biodegradable cleaning products and has a chilled water system, with and without carbon dioxide. This means that guests do not have to bring their own plastic water bottles. Henri is considering installing a solar panel on the roof of the wheelhouse and is looking into other ways of saving energy. "A big investment, but definitely worth it."

"Do you know what is fun for the guests? On the Pouwel Jonas, we have four two-person kayaks on board. If the wind drops for a while, or if we have to wait somewhere, we can drop anchor. Everyone has fun with those kayaks. And not just the youngsters ;-)".


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

Harlingen, Kampen (other departure and arrival ports on request)

Sailing areas

IJsselmeer, Friese meren, Waddenzee, Markermeer


from € 3.500,- day / € 8.900,- week Show price list

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