All locks and lifting bridges in Belgium are tended to by a lock keeper. If you travel during Easter, please note that all lifting bridges and locks are closed on Easter Sunday. You will receive more information about opening hours for bridges and lock upon arrival at the base. Be aware that there are special rules in Bruges. Read more further down this page.
In Belgium you must moor in dedicated moorings which have bollards or rings to tie your lines to. Moorings are plentiful in Belgium and most are even free of charge. However, be aware of the special rules for sailing in Bruges. Read more further down this page.
When sailing to Bruges you follow the Ring Canal (an old moat) around the outskirts of the city. You can moor safely at “La Coupure” canal inlet that is protected by a barrier controlled by the harbour master. It costs a small fee per boat per night.
Locks and bridges in Bruges have other openings hours than the rest of Flanders. They are closed on Sundays and public holidays during the months of April and October. Be sure to get more info at the base.
1.5 km from the base you will find UNIC - a well-stocked supermarket (also fresh bread, meats and vegetables, etc.)
You will find local shops restaurants and cafés in the centre of Nieuwpoort about 2 km from the base
The base at Nieuwpoort accept the following credit cards for payment of risk insurance, fuel-deposit and options: Visa and MasterCard.
Please note that in Belgium you can pay by credit card in restaurants, hotels, shops and some of the big supermarket chains, but not in smaller supermarkets and drugstores. Don’t be afraid to ask when you enter a store.
Fishing is allowed but you must have a fishing license (except for children under 16 years). The card can be purchased at the post office.