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Familie de Rycke-Boeleart

Wij zijn Guido de Rycke en Martine Boeleart, Belgische eigenaren van de SK 362 (SK 12.50 Sedan). Naam; Mas d’O. Thuishaven: Terherne. Woonplaats: Geraardsbergen in België. Waarom zijn wij gek van onze SK? Zeer jong zot van boten, uren heb ik vanaf de kade naar bootjes gekeken. Blankenberge, Nieuwpoort…

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…Zeebrugge, St. Tropez, Hyères, amaai wie hee?? ooit zoveel bootjes gekeken? Op 18-jarige leeftijd kochten wij samen onze eerste boot. Vier boten later waren we zonder schip, maar wel op zoek.

Verliefd
Bij een bezoek aan Dordrecht en weeral bootjes kijken hielden wij een schip in het oog waarvan wij meenden ‘t ziet er een toffe boot uit’ na uitleg van de opvarenden vernemen wij dat dit type een Valkvlet betrof. Volop op zoek op internet Valkvlet vallen wij op de site van SK jachtbouw. De site onderste boven gekeerd, drie keer, vier keer en nog meer, komen wij te weten dat er in Sneek een botenshow plaats vond. Ik wou dat SK-schip van dichtbij zien, voelen en ruiken. Dus wij 350 km naar het Noorden. Het viel ons onmiddellijk op dat SK schepen afgewerkt zijn tot in de puntjes met oog voor detail. Ook de SK 362 lag toen aangemeerd aan de steigers van de SK-werf. Bij de eerste stap in de open kuip werd ik zo verliefd op deze boot dat ik zei “Deze is natuurlijk niet te koop, maar zo wil ik er één”. Toen kwam Hein te voorschijn die ons op zijn beurt de snufjes, de pluspuntjes, en de goed overwogen extra’s van zijn Mas d’O liet zien.

Ja maar deze boot is niet te koop Mr. Sleven? “Misschien wel, maar nog niet onmiddellijk”, was het antwoord. Na overenweer gepraat zijn wij tot een overeenkomst gekomen en zouden wij volgend seizoen (2014) in augustus de boot kopen.

Ganse winter dromen
In de herfst hadden wij met Hein een afspraak om eens te varen met de Mas d’O. Onze eerste trip op de Friese meren. Voor ons lag er een nieuw vaargebied voor de voeten. Wij bevestigden nogmaals ons mondeling akkoord. Een ganse winter dromen van een bijna nieuw schip genaamd Mas d’O en een SK Kotter. Prachtig. Op 4 juli 2014 was de officiële overdracht een feit. Onze kinderen en kleinkinderen waren mee getuige van onze eerste trip, met nu onze SK, onze Mas d’O. Tussen haakjes wij vonden de naam van het schip zo uniek dat wij hem meteen mee kochten. Dus de Mas d’O blijft in de SK-vereniging alleen met een andere eigenaar. En dat zijn wij. Ondertussen hebben wij in juli, augustus, september en oktober ongeveer 200 uren gevaren op de Friese meren. Wij zijn er gewoon weg van. Onze SK 362, die het fantastisch doet, de mooie dorpjes, de prachtige aanlegsteigers stelen meer en meer onze harten. Wij hebben ook onze eerste kras gevaren, deze doet een beetje pijn, maar een reparatie moet het terug goed maken. Wij kozen er voor om nog minstens vijf jaar op de Nederlandse wateren te varen, nadien zien wij wel. Wij kijken er naar uit om volgend vaarseizoen te starten. De SK 362 ligt in ieder geval klaar.

The rating for our ship: 11
The rating for our sailing pleasure: 10

The De Kraker family

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The rating for our ship: 8
The rating for our sailing pleasure: 10-

The Betten family

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The rating for our ship: 9
The rating for our sailing pleasure: 9

The Vendelbosch family

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The rating for our ship: 8
The rating for our sailing pleasure: 10

The De Waal family

We are the De Waal family who own the SK 352, an SK Kotter Sedan 12.50 . Name: Chantiky. Home waters: Ooltgensplaat. By now we have sailed for at least 30 years. For approximately seven years we lived on our sail yacht: first on the Mediterranean Sea, then in the Caribbean…

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…Venezuela and North America. We had a lovely time and it was a wonderful experience. Five years ago, when it was no longer possible to sail for health reasons, we decided to sail on a motor boat. Again it was our intention to live on board for a considerable part of the year (at least 5 months) and sail. We wanted to have as much comfort as possible! Although we miss the dolphins and the relaxation that sailing gives us, with our SK Kotter we did find what we were after. Now we enjoy sailing on the waterways of the Netherlands, Scandinavia, France and Germany. The big advantages: our own say in the process of building the ship, the large rooms and lovely wide gangways, the reasonable price compared to that offered by other shipyards. It is a no-nonsense ship which allows us to sail comfortably and enjoy long cruises. This ship makes us feel safe on bigger lakes and seas too. Disadvantages: I cannot think of any.

The rating for our ship: 9,5
The rating for our sailing pleasure: 10

The Van den Berg family

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The rating for our ship: 9
The rating for our sailing pleasure: 10

The Leeuwenkamp family

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The rating for our ship: 10
The rating for our sailing pleasure: 10

The Coster family

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The rating for our ship: 8
The rating for our sailing pleasure: 9

The Holtackers family

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The Van Schoor family

We are the Van Schoor family who own the SK 334 (12.50 Pilot). Name: High Noon. Home waters: Numansdorp. We have sailed for nearly all our lives: Willem for at least 55 years and Anneke for at least 35 years. Sailing has a comforting effect on us, gives us the opportunity to enjoy the fresh air and…

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…new routes every day. We always used to sail on a dual-mast ship, but had to give that up due to back problems. First we rented a motorboat. When we moored opposite the SK Jachtbouw we saw the Bravo Tango (SK Pilot 12.50 metres) moored in their harbour. It was love at first sight! Gorgeous lining, windows that are on exactly the same level as the ship itself, classic appearance, a lot of space inside, many beds (6 of them!), a beautiful and practical kitchen, a lovely bathroom with a separate toilet and a spacious open hull. We never regretted it! We want to make longer cruises: the Netherlands, Germany, Belgium and France. We both look forward to the next sailing season, because we both finished our professional careers. And we would love to go to Berlin. Advantages: solid ship with good sailing features, low air draught (2.48 metres), comfortably wide gangways and every inch has been utilised. In short: a great ship! Our disadvantage was something which does not concern the boat, however, it concerns the time of delivery. This was soon resolved, though, because they lent us an exchange ship. We wish to thank the staff of SK Jachtbouw once again for that!

The rating for our ship: 10
The rating for our sailing pleasure: 10

The Zuidam family

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The rating for our ship: 8
The rating for our sailing pleasure: 9

The Branderhorst family

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The rating for our ship: 9
The rating for our sailing pleasure: 9

The Lagendijk family

We are the Lagendijk family of the SK 296 Cosmpoliet, 2nd owner of the the SK Kotter AC 1250. Home waters: Kampen. We have sailed for about 20 years and we love it. As a former professional sailer we have chosen an SK Kotter, because it is a heavy and solidly-built ship that…

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…has very good characteristics. In the meantime our third season has started since we bought this ship. Our sailing plans consist of making long cruises on the European waters. In 2011 we sailed to the Mediterranean Sea, via the Maas, Saône, Rhône to Sete, a part of Canal du Midi and back via the Rhône, Doubs and the Rhine to Basel, via Neckar we sailed down the Rhine again towards Kampen (3,600 km including 377 locks). In 2012 we made another trip in France, including the Maas, Saône, Doubs, Rhine, Saar, Moesel, Rhine and back to “our” harbour at home (2,588 km and more locks than in 2011). This year we plan to sail to the Baltic Sea, via Berlin. Advantages: the ship has very good sailing and manoeuvring characteristerics. Disadvantages: the access to the engine room, small chain storage room, the exhaust pipe is noisy, there are no manholes in the tanks.

The rating for our ship: 8,5
The rating for our sailing pleasure: 8,5

The Guadagnin family

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The rating for our ship: 9
The rating for our sailing pleasure: 9

The Huisman family

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The rating for our ship: 10
The rating for our sailing pleasure: 10

The Kaptein family

We are the Kaptein family, proud owners of the SK 318 (SK 10.00 metres Cabrio (Convertible)). Name: Captains Cabin. Home waters: De kaag. Before we owned the SK Cabrio we sailed a Maril 880. It is a big, impressive open sloop: really a tremendous boat that…

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…has all the luxury one could think of. For years it has given us so many wonderful sailing trips. However, in our opinions it lacked that little bit of extra comfort, whereas we did not want to lose the ‘open feel’ of the sloop either. We had a good look at every Cabin that we saw on the waters. It was in Weesp where we came across an SK Cabrio and it never escaped our minds. For that reason we have visited the boats exhibition at the SK shipyard. Unfortunately, no Cabrio had been displayed. So when a Cabrio was for sale and moored at their shipyard, we immediately checked it out to experience its ‘feel’.

At the time we could not have expected this visit would lead to a purchase. The no-nonse appearance and height when standing upright were important, but so was a fixed bed. The toilet and shower which are separated, the layout of the cabin and the hull which looked like the builders thought through well. Moreover, let us not forget the beautiful finish as well as the cool no-nonsense appearance: all these aspects gave us a special feeling. It resulted in a purchase which happened sooner than we planned. We came up with several adjustments ourselves and this, too, did not pose any problems for the SK shipyard. This way it really became our ship. Early July we collected our ‘Captains Cabin’ in Sneek. We immediately inaugurated our ship by sailing to De Kaag. On the IJsselmeer the weather changed, the wind got stronger, well up to 6 Beaufort.

The Cabrio sailed through all weather conditions without any trouble and everything kept working well. What else could one expect from a thoroughly built and heavy ship= We immediately knew what this ship is capable of. That day we decided to sail on to Amsterdam: the dust got washed off completely. For a long summer we enjoyed our new ship, made beautiful cruises. While we were still on holiday we sailed back to the fantastic waterways of Friesland. We only have to wait a little longer before our ‘Captains Cabin’ will be towed out of the indoor winter docks. We have already started counting down again… What adventures will be in store for us this year? We can be sure about this: an SK Cabrio is not to be sailed, it is to be experienced.

The rating for our ship: 8,5
The rating for our sailing pleasure: 9