A sailboat is probably the most sustainable transportation option to travel around the world.  To make optimal use of wind energy we time our travels according to the wind patterns. Since Lucipara² was built in 1965, the renovation has significantly lengthened her total life cycle. We believe she’s fit for purpose for at least another 50 years!

During the renovations we paid special attention to energy efficiency and renewable energy. The whole interior has improved insulation (Rockwool 6 cm), and a modern diesel engine and central heating system were installed. We aim to minimize the use of diesel and are looking into the use of biofuels. A wood stove further reduces the diesel we need for heating. Most of our electricity is generated by the wind generator (350W) and solar panels (150W).

Scroll down for pictures and a video of the renovations and the story behind the boat’s name.

Luci sailing

Picture by Erwin Berkhout, IJmuiden 2015



Name: Lucipara²

Home: Amsterdam, Netherlands

Type: Buchanan 47 ketch
Design: Alan Buchanan
Construction: J. van der Molen & Zonen, Zaandam (Netherlands), 1965
Length: 14.20 m
Width: 3.90 m
Draft: 2.0 m
Weight: 20 tons
Vertical clearance: 18 m

Hull: steel
Water tank: 800 liters
Diesel tank: 350 litres
Masts: 2
Sails: De Vries Enkhuizen, mainsail (43m2), mizzen (16m2), genua (35m2), jib (20m2), cutterjib (11m2), genaker (100m2)
Engine: Daewoo 90 hp, 4 cylinders (2006)
Propeller: Maxprop 3-blade
Cruising speed: 7 kts
Max. speed measured: 10.2 kts

Energy: wind generator (350 W), solar panel (150 W)
Heating: Dickinson Newport wood stove, Kabola central heating

Batteries: Super-B lithium-Ion starter pack (2 x 45 Ah) and service pack (2 x 160 Ah)


When Ivar bought Lucipara² in 2004, he thought he’d renovate his new found love in five years. It proved to be wishful thinking: timing and budgeting-wise the whole project could be compared to the NoordZuidlijn in Amsterdam… In the end only the hull and masts were left unaltered. We added comfort, space, light. And of course we made the boat more sustainable by improving the insulation, adding a wind turbine (superwind), solar panel, wood stove and watermaker.

Here are some impressions (before, during and after pictures).


We are often asked where the name “Lucipara” comes from or what it means. Its origin is in the Banda Sea in Indonesia – the Maluku (Moluccas) archipelago. The Lucipara islands form part of the Maluku archipelago and it is where the Dutch steamer “Willem I” shipwrecked in 1837. On board were the governor of the Moluccas, Mr de Stuers, with his pregnant wife and children. All 140 passengers and crew found refuge on the tiny Lucipara islands and were saved after one month.

Shortly after being rescued Mr de Stuers’ wife gave birth to a daughter, Cornelia Govertha Elisa Lucipara de Stuers. Cornelia and her descendants continued to use the name Lucipara in the names of their children. Our boat was thus named after an “Aunt Lucipara”. The boat has kept its name since it was built.

source: son of first owner of Lucipara² and website on names (in Dutch)