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About the Mars

Let the classic charm of sailing ship Mars make you experience sailing like you have never felt before!

The Mars is an authentic vessel with a rich history.
From the year 1924, this Groningen built ship frequently sailed the Baltic Sea and the English coast. In the Second World War, the Mars was part of the large operation in Dunkirk, that saw 592 people evacuated from France to England by the English army.

She was rebuilt for sailing as a charter ship and a floating holiday home in 1996.
Skipper Jan Velthuis, artist and current owner of the Mars, loves to sail you to the very best spots on the Wadden Sea, Lake IJssel and the Frisian Lakes.

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Aboard the Mars

A high and closed railing make the Mars an ideal choice when going on a sailing trip with small children.
The enthusiastic and skilled crew take great pleasure in teaching you all there is to know about setting the sails, navigating and of course sailing the ship.

To shield from rain and sun, the spacious on deck seating area can be covered with a tent.
Below deck, the homely day room with cherry wood and copper elements, offers a wonderful view outside, to enjoy throughout the whole trip.
Central heating keeps the temperature on a pleasant high and a stereo set, cd-player and games are available for use.

The open kitchen is equipped with all necessary cooking utensils, such as pans, glasses, plates, cutlery, a 6 burner stove, an oven, a fridge and 2 coffee machines (filtre 4).
Another great feature is the bar, from which you can even tap your own cold beer!

All 13 comfortable cabins have their own sink with hot and cold running water, central heating and sufficient storage room.

Aboard the Mars you will find a total of 3 toilets and 3 showers.

Additional information

  • home port Harlingen
  • the crew speaks Dutch, English, French and German


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Weekend € 3,950.00
Short Weekend € 3,590.00
Daytrip € 2,600.00
Midweek € 5,950.00
Week € 8,250.00
3 Holidays € 5,350.00
4 Holidays € 6,475.00

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Properties Mars

Type Ship Schooner
Capacity 52 persons (day trip)
34 berths
Length 32.00 meter
Width 6.20 meter
Sail Surface 370.00 m²
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Extra information about the Mars

Port Harlingen The majority of our sailing ships set out from our home port Harlingen. Located right near the beautiful Wadden Sea, port Harlingen is the best place to start your sailing trip. With the Afsluitdijk closeby, Lake IJssel and the Frisian Lakes are easily reached as well. Step aboard our traditional ships and explore the Netherlands! Port Harlingen is the most important harbour of the province of Friesland. Around the year 1157, the monks of monastery Ludingakerke in the small village of Almenum decided to dig canals to improve the looming trade by water. This smart piece of landscaping made Ludingakerke one of the wealthiest monasteries of Friesland, which turned out to be most profitable for the nearby township of Harlinga. In 1234, Harlingen gained its city rights and 1644 saw the Dutch Admiralty move from Dokkum to the blooming Frisian harbour. Craftsmanship and industry formed the city’s main…

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Sailing week For those who can not get enough of sailing, booking a sailing week is the way to go. Sailing for a week will give you the opportunity to really take your time and explore the Wadden Sea, Lake IJssel and the Frisian Lakes. The ideal sailing vacation for the whole family! Weektrip Sunday 8 PM to Sunday 3 PM. Friday 8 PM to Friday 3 PM. Suggestions for a week sailing From Harlingen At 8 PM, a welcome aboard the ship awaits. We will sail to Vlieland the next morning, with a detour to the seals on the banks between Ameland and Terschelling. Vlieland has numerous sights to see and tons of activities to do, simply ask your captain the best spots on the island. After breakfast we will head for Texel. Here you can learn everything about the Wadden in Ecomare or climb the Eierland lighthouse. Next…

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Step aboard a traditional sailing ship from Rederij Vooruit and discover the true beauty of the Netherlands.

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