The landscapes in the Netherlands are flat and therefore there are only few locks – but you will find a lot of bridges. The bridge guards will most often await a line of boats to pass on the same time. Keep change ready for the bridge guard. Often the bridge guard hands you a fishing net for you to put the agreed coins in. Sometimes a large Dutch clog hangs in which you make the payment.
Designations that are good to know:
- Brug and Bruggen = The Dutch words for bridges. All bigger bridges have a number and a name.
- Kunstwerk = Construction/bridge
- Naam = Name (of the bridge)
- Trefwoord = The place where you will find the bridge in the map
- Bijzonderheden = Special information about whether the bridge is managed by a bridge guard, is automatic or manual, when the bridge opens etc.
The locks in the Netherlands are as well-preserved as the bridges. Keep some change ready, as the lockmaster will demand a smaller fee for letting you pass. Often the lockmaster hands you a long rod with a small bag to put the agreed coins in. In other cases, he or she will leave a big Dutch clog for you to put the coins into. The locks are often closed during lunchbreak and for a short coffee break during the afternoon.
In the marinas you will be charged a smaller fee for accommodation. The amount is usually settled bu the length of the boat and number of people on the boat. In peak season, the marinas are often densely packed, so don't arrive late if you want to spend the night in a marina.
- In Amsterdam the marina is located close to the city center, yet in a quite area. If you are careful, it is possible to sail on the canals in the center of Amsterdam. This is a great way to experience the attractions in Amsterdam.
- In Gouda the marina is in the middle of the old city center.
- In Utrecht you can moor at the riverbank or across the cathedral. It is possible to retrieve a map showing the canals and many bridges of Utrecht. You will have a to pay a small fee when passing through the first lock – this is also the place where you can get the beforementioned map.
The base offices accept the following credit cards for payments and blocking of the fuel and boat deposits: Visa og MasterCard.
Please note that although credit cards are commonly accepted in most restaurants, hotels, boutiques and supermarkets, it often is not the case in smaller supermarkets and grocery stores.
This section is particularly for those of our guests who would like to sail to Amsterdam via the base in Vinkeveen.
- Experienced sailors can moor at the private marina Six Haven (also the only possibility). The marina is located across Amsterdam train station on the other side of the Rijn Canal. From here you can take the free ferry (regular departures to the city center).
- It is not recommended to sail on the Rijn Canal due to the heavy traffic. If possible, you should moor in the city of Weesp (close to Muiden) and take a train to Amsterdam. Trains run about every 10 minutes.