About Once Upon a Boat

The idea for ‘Once Upon a Boat’ arose in the summer of 2014 when we, Hugo and Marlot, decided to dive into an adventure together… A shared love for the sea, Ibiza and a sense of freedom made us decide to become the owners of a classic sailing yacht. To show the beauty of Ibiza and Formentera from the sea, we started to organize sailing tours. For us, nothing beats the feeling of hoisting the sails and to let the wind carry you on the waves.

Over the past years many happy memories have been created on our tours and Once Upon a Boat did grow. For 2020 we therefore decided to expand the Once Upon a Boat ‘family’ and spend at least one season ashore ourselves after five years of living and working on the boat. In order to not to lose our personal approach, we have chosen to only collaborate with skippers who sail with their own ship. They have the same love for sailing as we do and will ensure that everyone has an unforgettable day out at sea. In 2021 we will continue working like this and it will also be possible to sail with Once Upon a Boat in Mallorca.

Once on board, there is time to enjoy the scenery, have a drink, catch some sun and enjoy the feeling of being at sea. We hope that everyone feels like home with us on the boat. With friends or family aboard you get the chance to spend time with each other and be completely ‘off the radar’ for a day.

Always be yourselfunless you can be a pirateThen always be a pirate.”


Boat Ibiza Formentera

Sailor Marlot

Marlot – Founder

Making your booking you will be in contact with Marlot. Anthropologist with a love for foreign cultures and southern realms. Born in Holland, but did previously learn Spanish in Andalusia and worked in Costa Rica for a travel agency.

In order to finish university in Holland she decided to come to Ibiza and write her thesis about sustainable tourism. Ever since she is hooked to a life in the Spanish sun.

Sailboat skipper

Norbert – Captain

Norbert is originally from Germany, but his open and friendly character suits Ibiza really well. He can call the island home for many years now and has completely mastered the Spanish language and culture.

Norbert is happy to tell you about the ins and outs of owning a traditional sailing yacht. His hospitality and sociability will make you feel very welcome guest on his boat.

Sailing Ibiza Formentera

Gonzalo – Captain