15th of May (if weather permits) we leave for IJmuiden with a nice crew. I found 3 people to join me in this escapade.

The first 2-3 days are used on the Markermeer (maybe IJsselmeer) to give the crew the possibility to get to know the boat.

After that the course is set for Amsterdam and IJmuiden where we will stay the night over, in Seaport Marina.

After breakfast is cleaned up, Zephyr motors out and hits the salty water of the North Sea, heading for the warmer region of the Mediterranean. Total length of the voyage is about 1.500Nm.

Falmouth and Leixoes Marina is the goal (both depending on circumstances). We stay there 1-2 days to have the posibility to visit the area.

Well rest and slept we continue to Caleta with a small celebration on the route. 

Even though alcohol is a no-go on board of Zephyr while sailing, one glass is emptied when passing the most western cape of Europe, Cabo da Roca, Portugal.

We expect to arrive in Caleta de Velez around 2 weeks after departure in IJmuiden.


Thrilled and excited we (Ineke and me) drove to Antwerp on Saturday the 29thy of November.

The day before I had arrived from Greece where I was overwintering and where I read about this boat.

After we arrived and found Zephyr I got a good feeling: this was the type of boat I was looking for, the motorsailer that would allow me to live on and explore (some of) the 7 seas.

visitsAfter driving around half of the year, visiting Spain, Italy, Croatia, Austria, Germany, Netherlands, Denmark, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria, I ended up in Greece.

My plan was to stay for some months in a small house that I rented in the Peloponesos. See the places I stayed on trhis map.

After all, the Peloponnesos is one of the warmer places in Europe and it gave me the possibility to invite some friends over to visit me.

In April I would start driving towards Italy and continue the vanlife as planned.