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  1. #11
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    Default Re: Holland next summer?

    Winds and waves needed carefull watching, auto helm on but was struggling so had to stay up

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    Quote Originally Posted by Athene V30 View Post
    I am lifting out in Monnickendam this winter and probably taking a berth in Volendam next season. About €1500 for a 9m April to October. Hoping to have more time exploring Markermeer, Ijsselmeer and Waddenzee next season apart from a quick trip to Normandy for DDay 75 anniversary.
    With the time available to you, I would also suggest visiting Friesland as well, since it is an interesting area. Our first visit was via Vlieland -Lauersoog and back through the canals, all in three weeks in a Sadler 29 from the Blackwater. The eastern part of Friesland is less scenic by boat, but Groningen is a nice town. For a touch of the exotic, you could even go through Delfzijl to Norderney, a place I always enjoy when it's not too busy.
    Far away is near at hand in images of elsewhere

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    Quote Originally Posted by johnalison View Post
    With the time available to you, I would also suggest visiting Friesland as well, since it is an interesting area. Our first visit was via Vlieland -Lauersoog and back through the canals, all in three weeks in a Sadler 29 from the Blackwater. The eastern part of Friesland is less scenic by boat, but Groningen is a nice town. For a touch of the exotic, you could even go through Delfzijl to Norderney, a place I always enjoy when it's not too busy.
    After a summer on the boat this year I will have late May and June on boat, then we will be doing other things with odd weekends rather than a long summer trip.

    Been trying to find a decent tidal stream atlas for the Islands. Not found one yet!

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    Erskine Childers gives a good account but I'm not sure it's up to date!
    I would sail over one the weekends just before schools are out (weather permitting) and want to be 'inside' a comfortable inland waterway where my small children won't be bothered big seas.
    Knowing zero about it, the Oostershelde looks like it might be more than just a big river in terms of the potential for wind and waves?
    beautiful day, I'm just popping down to the boat...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Athene V30 View Post
    Been trying to find a decent tidal stream atlas for the Islands. Not found one yet!
    I have an excellent Dutch one which I bought over there and I think is easily available. It comes in two booklets, the western one being all you would need. Although not absolutely essential, it is worth having, though it doesn't always pay to be ruled by it. We were tied up in Harlingen next to a charming young Dutch couple and arranged to go to Vlieland in company. To our surprise, he suggested we leave a good 2hrs before the favourable tide. The outcome was that we arrived in good time before the hordes and got a decent berth.

    (As a by-the-way, I had a young Dutch work partner at the time, so I asked our new friends to buy for me a saucy postcard that would embarrass him when it arrived. They got well into the swing and appeared later with a dozen for me to choose from, once they had translated them).
    Far away is near at hand in images of elsewhere

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    Quote Originally Posted by johnalison View Post
    I have an excellent Dutch one which I bought over there and I think is easily available. It comes in two booklets, the western one being all you would need.
    What is it called? Maybe I can get it online here!

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    In answer to the OP:

    First crossing for ages then Harwich - Ostend. Ostend to Middelburg. Don't need to venture too far north - with young kids the Zeeland area is perfect. Many places to stop, including islands with pontoons and a chem-loo. This year I was there with grandchildren on board (8,10 and 14) and they said they had the time of their lives (and these are well travelled kids).

    Just remember that the use of debit and credit cards in Holland is limited so take plenty of Euros.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Athene V30 View Post
    What is it called? Maybe I can get it online here!
    I'd love to reply effectively but it's on the boat and I'm not. The cover is grey. I think.
    Far away is near at hand in images of elsewhere

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    Hi,

    Not often on here but you can contact me on www.svlaurin.blogspot.com or Facebook east coasters group if you want more info and I’m not answering here. We did our first summer in Holland when our kids were 4 and 6 and they did the crossing with us. We did Burnham, Ramsgate, Oostende, Middleburg, Goes and then up into the Grevelingenmere (sp?). We took 4 weeks off work and it was amazing. The kids loved Ramsgate and especially Oostende, in fact Oostende and it’s go Karts, fountains and fireworks is one of their favourite places in the world. We learned from this and went back the following year. Key points.

    If you’ve got the kids with you, maybe skip Middleburg as unless the fair is on there really is nothing for them... beautiful town as an adult but a really long walk to the playground... if you can find it. Much better option is Vlissingen, the tiny marina after the big lock in but just before the first bridge. Really friendly and a small kids playground. I would go from there to wolphaartsdijk on the versemeer for free hot chocolate, cheap duvel, playground, bouncy pillow and free kayak hire or alternatively tie up at one of the islands for free.

    Next up depending on time is Goes, lovely tiny marina just after Bridge (may need to book ahead). 10 minutes walk to Aldi or big swimming complex with slides and a massive indoor play area we haven’t tried yet. 15 minutes walk into beautiful Dutch market town. Then head for Grevelingenmere. Big inland water... approx 12 euros for a week’s permit to moor on the many islands. Kids will have a ball as there will be many other families there. Some islands have beaches, others wild horses! Port Zealand has free kids stuff on at weekends and an amazing big beach over the other side on the west coast. Back South Close to Roompotsluice is Roompot marina where there is a holiday camp that you have access to with your marina fees. Includes pool with wave machine and inflatables and slide, as well as some other kids activities and an underpaid teenager dressed up as a fluffy rabbit touring around the site. Please note this is a German resort and English not widely spoken but we had great fun. Hope this helps.

    Dutch are very kid friendly and it was unusual to find a marina without a playground or in fact a playground without a bar next to it. Rafting up on th Grevelingenmeer is not an issue for the Dutch but this is not an issue and the kids all play together with life jackets on while you relax.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MoodySabre View Post
    In answer to the OP:

    First crossing for ages then Harwich - Ostend. Ostend to Middelburg. Don't need to venture too far north - with young kids the Zeeland area is perfect. Many places to stop, including islands with pontoons and a chem-loo. This year I was there with grandchildren on board (8,10 and 14) and they said they had the time of their lives (and these are well travelled kids).

    Just remember that the use of debit and credit cards in Holland is limited so take plenty of Euros.
    Visa more common than MC, service cards in banks ok to get €s
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