PASSAAT Dutch for “Tradewinds” is a gaff-rigged sailing schooner built in 1911 in Hasselt, Holland.
In her 100 years of existence she has had quite a life, starting her career a pilot schooner on the North Sea. During World War II she was in German hands spotting for airplanes. After the war she came back to Holland as part of the war settlement. An engine was installed, she was dismasted & her wooden hull was replaced with steel. She then worked as a fishing boat for almost 20 years.
In the early 70’s she was completely refitted as a training sailing vessel and in the 90’s after another refit turned into a luxury, long term charter ship. sailing out of Antigua.
When Pieter bought her most of those classic features remained intact.
Passaat graced the Caribbean waters between Trinidad & the Virgin Islands for more than 10 years taking guests sailing from island to island.
In 2008 the change was made to day sail cruises and St.Maarten became home. Now many people can enjoy the unique experience of sailing a classic schooner.