“Staadskanal Shipyards” from Zaandam, Holland, built the schooner in 1902. Originally a cargo ship, the Adelaar sailed between England, Sweden, Norway and Russia, propelled only by the wind blowing into heavy canvas sails. In fact, the historic sailboat’s log book, documenting Adelaar’s early history is exhibited at the “Scheepsmuseum” in Groningen, Holland.

Later during World War II, She was confiscated by the Germans and used to transport war goods. Shortly after, the once proud and peaceful sailing Adelaar was renamed “Heimatland”. After the war, the German Captain Thimian sailed her along the Baltic Sea, as a cargo vessel once again. The masts were removed, and her first diesel engine was installed in 1954.

historic sailboat
historic sailboat


No longer in service, “Heimatland” (now Adelaar) had docked in a little harbor at the Baltic Sea, between former East Germany and Poland. Shortly after, two friends, one from the West and one from the East, attempted to buy the ship’s two large anchors from the old Captain Thimian. Instead, they walked away with the entire 30-meter ship! “Heimatland” was then taken along the rivers and canals to former East Berlin.


In 1981, the owners managed “mysteriously” to sail the “Heimatland” out of East Berlin into the western world. Now “free”, they began extensive renovations, unknowingly at the very same shipyard in Holland, where the ship was originally built. By chance, an old man recognized the “Heimatland” as the vessel Adelaar that his father had built 80 years ago and brought his  father’s original pictures. During the four-year restoration, the vessel received a new yacht-like interior, a 40-ton steel-concrete keel and a traditional schooner rig. Fitted to sail around the world and named Adelaar again, She received Royal Dutch Ship Certification.

historic sailboat
historic sailboat


The Adelaar sailed the Mediterranean from 1984 until 1987, then crossed the Atlantic Ocean to sail the Caribbean. In 1988, She crossed the Pacific Ocean and then sailed to New Zealand, where she won the New Zealand Tall Ship Race.

1991 – 1992

From 1991 until 1992, the historic sailboat underwent a complete renovation, adding cabin space, and a full-service dive center. Then, leaving New Zealand in 1993, she continued her voyage sailing to Indonesia with ports of call at Norfolk Island, New Caledonia, Vanuatu, Solomon Islands, Papua New Guinea and Indonesia.

historic sailboat
historic sailboat


Since 1994, Adelaar, together with her loyal crew of seasoned seaman, has sailed the rich waters of the Indonesian Archipelago, providing amazing diving and sailing holidays. To this day, She remains one of the industry’s leading Komodo liveaboards.

“When one man, for whatever reason, has the opportunity to lead an extraordinary life, he has no right to keep it to himself.”

Jacques Yves Cousteau


The luxurious interior of Adelaar today, bears almost no resemblance of her past self. What started as a small 6 month project in 2008 to add ensuite bathrooms, escalated into a dream for a more exquisite and classical look. When the historic sailboat was unveiled in 2011 after almost 3 years in the making, the results were stunning. She was built to impeccable standards, in classical yacht style, with paneled teak wood walls and high ceilings throughout. Sailing the waters of Indonesia year-round, Adelaar caters to today’s discerning travelers. We have made it our mission for them to experience the best in small group luxury sailing and diving.

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