Steilsteven Rival is a  comparatively young barge in the fleet of charter vessels; the ship was built in 1929. After her services as a freighter, the Rival was reconstructed to be a sailing passenger ship. She has quite some draught, which makes her stable in the water, even under sail.


What’s the plan?

Sailing from Hoorn, Lake IJssel and the Wadden have plenty of possibilities to design your trip the way you want! Do you want to learn all kinds of maritime skills? You have found your ship! The crew is very experienced and loves to teach you how to handle the ship. Would you rather lie on deck with a book, have some inspiring talks or search the horizon through a field glass? That’s also possible.


Warm ambiance

The interior with its spacious day time area has a traditional, warm ambiance and is fully equipped. Behind the saloon you find two double cabins. In the front of the ship there are five cabins for four persons. Tall people can step on board without concern, because four beds are 2.10 metres long.


Skipper: Harry Stofbergen

Meet the skippers couple


Sarah about Harry:
“Harry was born and raised on an IJssel tjalk. As a young boy he already sailed along with his dad. After he had some experience as a ship mate, he got his skipper degree at the age of 16. At 18, he bought his first ship. Al this time, Harry kept on sailing Lake IJssel and the Wadden Sea with the same amount of passion as 30 years ago. He loves to tell you all aout this unique area and the influence of the tides. Young, old, active sailors or not.. he will make it an unforgettable trip.”


Harry about Sarah:
“Sarah is the driving force. She supports me fully in my passion: sailing. She has a commercial background and took on the administration. Her passion for cooking is inherited from her family. She takes on the challenge of cooking delicious food in all sorts of circumstances with pleasure. Groups that want to cook themselves, she can assist in word and deed. Throughout the years, Sarah got more experienced in sailing. Now she is my right hand on board. She’s in charges of the ropes and the sails and makes sure you are safe on deck.”



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

Enkhuizen (other departure and arrival ports on request)

Sailing areas

IJsselmeer, Friese meren, Waddenzee


from € 1.998,- day / € 7.011,- week Show price list

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