First published in ACCESS Summer 2016 e-zine
by The Hague Boat
We are Leonie and Jan Persoon, natives of The Hague who have dedicated much of our lives to boating and sailing. Our family-run business, The Hague Boat, provides a fresh experience of the city from the water with our English-speaking tours explaining the hidden histories and special highlights of The Hague.
Our love of boating goes back through generations of Persoons who have worked as sailors in the Dutch region of Westland. They managed farmer ships which transported fresh fruit and vegetables to auction, and also sailed a special Westlander ship bringing peat to the village of Vinkeveen. We honour these authentic ships today, and we still enjoy participating in sailing competitions. Jan’s love of boats comes from these experiences while growing up. He even spent his first three years of life on a vessel. His father was a skipper, he lived on a freighter, and now boats are a central part of his life.
From building a boat behind our family home, to the restoration of a 26-metre Dutch barge, it started with these wonderful projects as a hobby. Gradually, Jan was asked to build a motorboat for an uncle and then to design and build a new tour boat for another company. The hobby was developed professionally. The combination of marine knowledge, and years of experience restoring old ships and designing new boats has paid off – and now the logical next step was to start our own boat tour company in The Hague.
We built our boat Daisy last year and enjoyed hosting our boat tours during the beautiful summer, with Jan as the Captain and Leonie as the friendly guide. Our daughter Laurien also joins us this summer, extending the family business.
Come join our unique boat tours for a pleasant cruise through the canals, or join one of our many special events. The 75-minute canal cruise costs €11 per person and departs from Mauritskade 10 (Caesar Fitness & Spa Resort) daily from Wednesday through Sunday.
Our boat Daisy is open with 28 seats and is also available to be hired privately, whether for a corporate event, family reunion, birthday, brainstorming session or a VIP transportation service.
Welcome on board!
T: 06 39 82 35 46