The gift-wrapped yacht, a Wajer 55 of the Wajer brand, had driven that day from the shipyard in Heeg, Friesland, to Amsterdam for a photo shoot, says Dries Wajer (35). “We enjoyed taking a picture of the ship for our annual Christmas card at this location. Because where can you buy beautiful gifts? In the PC, of course.”
With the help of two escort vehicles, the sixteen meter long ship drove through the city, over narrow streets and busy tramways. A video shared online shows that traffic has to wait a while while the Wajer column on Hobbemastraat makes a turn into PC Hooftstraat. Bystanders are making footage of the scene with their phones.
It was ‘centimeter work’, according to Wajer. “We had checked in advance whether it would fit, but you still have to do it. Fortunately, the drivers were very good at assessing that.”
It is not the first time that the Amsterdam company Wajer has pulled off a fun Christmas stunt. Last year they left a Santa behind a yacht to water ski. The year before, a decorated tree sailed over the canals.
The Wajer 55 – with a price tag of 2.5 million euros – was finally photographed unscathed, and then returned to Heeg. “He’s safe again between his friends, until someone gives him a present.”