Exploring the tidal flats

Afbeeldingen/Divers/Droog engelsmanplaat.jpgWandering over the bottom of the sea is a wonderful experience.

We will sail towards a tidal flat during the ebb-tide. Once we are there, either we drop anchor or we manoeuvre the ship aground. The time between 'grounding' and the water being all gone depends on the location, however it is relatively fast. Soon it will be possible to walk around the ship without getting your feet wet. This is one of the great features of a flat bottomed ship, it is comfortable, no heavy listing and within a couple of hours she will refloat and sails will be set again.

How could such a trip look like?

  • Approximately 5 or 6 hours previously of ebb-tide you will arrive aboard. General instructions will be given and we will leave port.
  • We will sail over the Waddenzee for some hours
  • Somewhere around 3pm a good spot will be picked to ground. Important is a place without any swell and preferably a nice hard sandbank, not a muddy flat, in order to walk comfortably.
  • While awaiting low water there are several options, enjoying a meal, listen to some of the skippers wonderful stories, read a book and so on.
  • As soon as the water is low enough a nice walk around the tidal flat can be made. See the marine life, feel the sand, wonder about nature and explore!
  • As soon as the flood-tide starts running you will need to get back on board, because the water comes quickly. We only need 1 meter of water to sail again

Planning: 

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As you can imagine, the time of low water is very important in planning these trips. Please contact us for any options or questions. In the example we chose for a 10 hour trip, exploring the tidal flats could be done in a 7 hour trip, however sailing will be much shorter and the tidal flat will not be entirely dry. If you have gotten curious about tidal streams or wish to take a look for any options you could visit this tidal website and pick a location from which you would like to depart.