History of Waterland
Waterland Yacht Charter has been the base for the company when it was established in 1985 by Jan and Trees Zetzema. Jan was born and raised in the Frisian village Grouw. His father had a yachtcharter company and a small boatyard. Trees comes from a family with bakeries.
The nice thing about our business is that you are working with your hobby. We find that a privileged situation. However due to our work we have not lost touch with our hobby as we are keen sailors ourselves.
Marina Waterland was born after the takeover of "Jachthaven van Goor". In 2002 the oppertunity came to take over the marina where we held office for 12 years with Waterland Yacht Charter. The marina was originally established in 1975 jachthaven. Previously is was a shipyard and a pickle factory was located in the buildings on the marina.
Waterland Yacht Charter
The idea to charter out sailing yachts came by coincedence. When we where cruising with our own yacht, a Contest 25 "Waterjoffer", we regularly received enquiry if our yacht was available for charter. These yachts where populair in the early 80's, however never available for charter. These enquiries jumpstarted our charter company.
We first gathered boat information, collected price lists and HISWA conditions on our dining table. On the 4th of december 1985 Waterland Yacht Charter was officially started. Trees was running the charter company and raising the family where Jan helped out next to his fulltime job as a teacher.
We started chartering out private yachts and our own yacht. Soon after our own fleet doubled with the purchase of a Victoire 22 "Waterjoffer".
During the first season we already found out that the private owned yachts where from a different standard than our own yachts. They requiered more maintaince and budgets where always limited. Our company slogan " Active sailing and comfortable sailing" didn't really match with the private owned yachts. After a year of chartering we took matters in our own hand and started expanding our own charterfleet by aquiring our first Dehler Duetta 94. Eversince we have only worked with yachts whom we own ourselves.
After 28 year we've grown in boat sizes and currently have a fleet of 16 Dehler and X-Yachts. Very well build yachts with a second to none finish, excellent sailing abilities which enables you to sail actively and cruise in comfort.
Waterland Sail Training
Next to our Charter company we also offer the possibility for sailing courses. This enables sailors to charter a yacht and also learn how to sail under guidance of an experienced instructor. We are a HISWA and CWO recognized training centre and specialize in private sailing courses.