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Inverness to Hoorn – A North Sea Crossing

  • Vessel: Steady
  • Where: Scotland
  • Duration: 12 days
  • Embark: Inverness - 25 August 2019, 17:00
  • Disembark: Hoorn - 5 September 2019, 10:00
£900 ( Deposit: £225 )
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Twin cabin single occupancy£1,170 £293
Twin cabin shared occupancy£900 £225

Join Steady as she crosses the North Sea from Scotland to the Netherlands on her final voyage of the 2019 season!

Set sail from Inverness to Hoorn in the Netherlands for a Indian summer time passage crossing. This fabulous voyage offers the opportunity to experience sailing the North Sea – keep your eyes peeled for whales and other wildlife. The total voyage is roughly 550 miles, and Steady will travel this under sail as much as possible, even at night which means you will have the chance to experience a night sail – something which many of our guests count as a highlight of their voyage. During the twelve days at sea, you will have time to visit towns like Whitby (the home of Dracula!) and Eyemouth. As with all passage crossings, there is plenty of opportunity to get to grips with handling Steady, taking turns at the helm, keeping watch and learning the basics of navigation.

This voyage begins in Inverness. Be sure to take some time to see this beautiful city – the capital of the Highlands. See the historic castle, built in the 1800’s on the site of an 11th Century defensive structure, or wander through one of the city’s many museums. After leaving Inverness, Steady will call in at different ports along the East coast of the UK – Whitby, Eyemouth, Stonehaven and Cromarty. Each of these towns has plenty to see, and you’ll enjoy dinner at a couple of them. Of course the exact itinerary is weather dependent, so if the ship is behind time then Steady may need to skip one of these towns – but the crew will do their best to accommodate whichever places their guests want to see. The following few days will see the passage get well and truly underway, with the ship gliding through the waters of the North Sea as you get to know your vessel and your fellow shipmates. The final stop will be Den Oever, a sheltered harbour after the open waters that Steady will have taken on in the previous days. Your voyage will come to an end in Hoorn, less than an hour from Amsterdam and Schipol, the international airport. It’s quite a small city, but there’s a museum and a few other attractions – and of course Amsterdam is well worth a visit too if you wanted to combine some sightseeing with your voyage!


VoyageSet SailDaysCost p/p
Inverness to Hoorn – A North Sea Crossing25 August 201912£900Enquire now


Guest berths: 8 Rig: Staysail Ketch

Join Jan-Willem and Mariëlle Kerkmeer aboard their 1993 Dutch ketch as they sail the seas of Scandinavia and Scotland.

Since she was built, Steady has been used as a charter vessel, so is fully kitted out with her guests comfort in mind. She sleeps eight people in four comfortable twin cabins, with two bathrooms and a spacious living area below deck.

There’s plenty of room on deck too to take in the surrounding views and if the weather should turn, Steady has Musto sailing suits available for her guests.

Mariëlle & Jan-Willem also make full use of the well-equipped kitchen, making varied meals for all the guests on board – these are all included in the price of your voyage. For seven-day voyages, you will also be able to enjoy one meal ashore, and longer voyages (ten and twelve-day) there will be two dinners ashore – (these meals ashore are not included in the price of your voyage)

Onboard Steady, most guests like to lend a hand with the sailing of this eye-catching vessel, and Jan-Willem and Mariëlle are excellent teachers if you do want to get involved. They will cater for all abilities, so if you’d rather sit back and relax with a book, then that’s fine too!

Steady’s voyages explore the islands of the Inner and Outer Hebrides and St Kilda; an area of unspoilt wilderness and breathtaking beauty in the Western Isles of Scotland. Her trips give you access to the most captivating and remote hidden secrets of this incredible and beautiful place. As you cruise through this stunning marine landscape you will likely be lucky enough to experience close encounters with rare wildlife and have time to soak up the unique and fascinating history and culture of the Hebrides and St Kilda.

Watch this short video of Steady sailing around Oban.

More about Steady


  • Are all meals included in the price?

    Yes - all meals (except the one or two meals that you may have ashore) are included in the price (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Soft/Hot Drinks) Please note that Alcohol is not included.

  • Can you cater for dietary needs?

    Yes, please let us know at the time of booking.

  • What language is spoken on board?

    Jan-Willem and Mariëlle are Dutch, however they are fluent in English too.

  • What are the sleeping arrangements?

    There are four cosy twin bunk bed cabins. (Please remember that you're on a boat!)

  • How many bathrooms/showers does she have?

    Steady has 2 toilets and 2 showers.

  • Is there WIFI aboard?

    No, but you should easily reach 3/4G from the shore.

  • Are there Life Jackets provided?


  • Are there Waterproofs available?

    Yes, Steady has Musto sailing suits available if needed.

  • Do I need sailing experience?

    No, absolutely not! Just a love for adventure.

  • Will I be seasick?

    Everyone reacts differently but if you are unsure we recommend you take seasick tablets 24hours before you board.


From: Inverness

To: Hoorn