This page is an attempt to keep interested people informed on the whereabouts and
progress of the sailing vessel De Liefde:
The name of the boat comes from an early Dutch exploring ship. The name was bestowed by my immediately previous owner, and I saw no reason to change it.
- Island Packet 485, 52ft LOA, 5ft3in draft, 15ft4in beam
368055110 (unique vessel identifier)
- USCG documentation number 1289255
- Call sign WDK4430 (currently not used)
Staying in touch
We have two satellite phones on board, and propose to check each for incoming text messages at least daily:
In addition, you should be able to reach us by writing to
Be aware that texts and e-mails to the boat address are shared among all the people on the boat at the time, so are not particularly private. Private messages should be conducted by voice, or (when in port) over WiFi.
- Inmarsat +870 776 225 438
- Iridium +881 6524 03678
A note on S/V versus S/Y.The US sometimes refers to sailing vessels, or S/V for short. The rest of the world, where this boat will be much of the time, refers to S/Y or sailing yacht, without any connotation of pretentiousness. See for example a Cruisers Forum thread. However, the name sydeliefde is already taken in many contexts (Gmail, myiridium.net, etc.), possibly by the previous owner of this boat! (Looking into it.). So: be aware that some of these identifiers and addresses are spelled with a v.
Or write to Eric at my snail-mail address.
Last updated: 30 November 2018