Dream Once upon a time, far far away, in a tiny little country called The Netherlands, there was a sailor who wanted to build a yacht that could sail self-supporting. Be off grid. Endlessly. No diesel needed. No petrol, no gas, just by generating your own energy. No water from hoses ashore, but rainwater caught by the deck. Living by the wind.
Plan He gathered some enthusiastic people. They formed a team. Sponsors supported the project.
Do A Duurzaam Jacht (Sustainable Yacht) was designed, developed and built. Hi-tech and low-tech, and everything ‘from the shelf’. Many people followed this. This stage ended by baptising the Sustainable Yacht and calling her ‘Ya’.
Sail The Ya started sailing a fossilfree circumnavigation – the first ever! She drew a lot of attention. Every Dutchman, sailor or landlubber, wanted to know how it was done. The Ya became a real demonstration yacht. She was invited on boat shows in Holland, but also in the international Dutch Maritime Museum in Rotterdam. This yacht has demonstrated successfully that everybody can sail a sustainable yacht and any wharf can build it. From a demo yacht the Ya has grown to a fossil free sailing globetrotter. She departed from the Netherlands and sails all over Mother Earth.
A pictured history of Sustainable Yacht the Ya
Here the highlights of the development of the Ya, the dreaming, designing, doing, from recent to old.