The yachts which are chartered within the Linssen Boating Holidays network are steel motor yachts bearing the Linssen Yachts brand. These yachts are developed and built entirely at the company’s production facility in Maasbracht in South Limburg (Netherlands). They are eminently suitable for wonderfully peaceful cruises on the rivers, canals and lakes of Europe’s interior. At a relaxed cruising speed of 5-7 knots (10-13 km/hour), you will slide through the countryside – with all the time in the world to enjoy it.
What type of boat do I need?
The type of boat that is chartered depends on the charter partner. They boats come in different lengths and beams. A bigger yacht will have more cabins (more sleeping berths) and will often have more living space and technical equipment on board.
What aspects should be borne in mind?
AC or SEDAN?
Generally speaking, the yachts can be divided into two types: the AC yacht and the SEDAN yacht. The photograph and accompanying layouts below show two identical Linssen yachts, in terms of length. The yacht on the left is an AC type and the one on the right is a SEDAN. This example is for a yacht in the 40ft (13 m) segment with three cabins (AC) and two cabins (Sedan). The Linssen 30 ft (10 m) and 35 ft (11 m) segment yachts have two (AC) and one (Sedan) cabin.
|AC and SEDAN||AC||SEDAN|
|© Linssen Boating Holidays®||* A yacht may or may not have these options, depending on its type, length and layout. View the specifications for each yacht,|
Forward cabin with double bed, cupboards and storage space
|Forward cabin with double bed, cupboards and storage space|
|2||Second guest cabin* to port; toilet and shower to starboard. The toilet can be reached from the forward cabin and, for guests, from the corridor.||Second guest cabin* to port; toilet and shower to starboard. The toilet can be reached from the forward cabin and, for guests, from the corridor.|
Saloon with the galley in the forward part to starboard and the dinette to port.
Behind it is the seating area with a spacious bench seat and table to starboard and a large cupboard unit to port.
|4||Aft cabin with large double bed, toilet and separate shower*. A lot of cupboard and storage space as well.||The Sedan section, also known as open cockpit. With a large bench seat, table and large hatch under the cockpit with a lot of storage space.|
|Other features||The captain stands outside – on top of the aft deck – to steer, protected against the weather by a folding roof or bimini*||The captain stands inside to steer.|
|You have excellent visibility of what is going on around you from the high aft deck. The excellent visibility makes manoeuvring especially easy.||When steering inside, you are somewhat lower and closer to the water.|
|To go inside, you go down the steps from the raised aft deck.||You can easily walk inside through the large outward-opening double teak doors from the large open cockpit, all on the same level. Even if you are steering inside you have excellent contact with family and/or friends sitting on the bench seats behind you in the open cockpit.|
|Tips for when you are sailing|
Once you are enjoying life on board and happily sailing along, the on-board electronics provide for the necessary comforts and your safety:
|Living on the water means that you are completely free to go and stop where you like. However, you have to take account of a number of practical matters when underway:|
|Water||Your Linssen yacht is provided with a water tank (between 220 and 660 litres, depending on the model). You use this water for washing yourself and the dishes, flushing the toilet and showering. At home, we use an average of about 120 litres of water per person per day. So you will have to be somewhat more economical when on board your yacht. If you have four people on board, you will quickly get through between 100 and 200 litres of water a day. It is therefore essential to always check the tank in the marinas you call in at and if necessary top it up.|
Just like your car, your yacht also needs fuel, which is always standard diesel. The tank contains an average of between 240 and 840 litres of diesel (again, depending on the model). Your boat is fitted with particularly fuel-efficient marine diesel engines. A few comparisons:
You will therefore consume about 200 litres of fuel during a week-long charter trip in which you travel about 5 hours a day.
A motor yacht has multiple power supplies on board. In general, a 12 V supply will be used for lighting and other small consumers. This electricity is produced by the batteries of the on-board power system which are charged by the engine’s dynamo, just like your car.
There are also 230 V power sockets (on most yachts*). You can use them, for example, to connect a coffee machine or charge your mobile device or laptop.
This all sounds very complicated, but you will hardly notice it in practice. The systems have been designed to switch on and off automatically as required.
- length between 8.20 and 15 metres
- number of sleeping berths between 2 and 6 (a bench can often be converted to a double bed to provide additional sleeping berths)
- one or two toilets
- one or two showers
- fully equipped galley
- saloon with seating