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Although JH 't Wilgerak advertise space for visitors up to 14m they were a little surprised when we arrived en masse, even though none of our party were bigger than 11m. There were very few free spaces, but we were accommodated, albeit in a bit of a tight squeeze. The HM prefers to be phoned in advance, particularly for what he regards as bigger boats, probably anything over 10m, or more than one of you, and is happy to take reservations, unlike many other harbours.

The toilet and shower facilities did not impress my crew, and were the only ones we came across where you are expected to provide your own loo roll, as well as the only ones where we found a slug in residence :-( The €0,50 fee provided a minimal period of hot water, and the temperature was affected by the ups and downs of neighbouring showerers.

By contrast, the launderette facility seemed spotless and efficient - book a slot and pay at the harbour office as it is not token operated. Electricity for the bigger boats was charged at an economical €2/night for an unmetered 10A, whilst those of us squeezed into the smaller berths had to pay €1/2kWh to the meter for a 6A supply.

The Silver Museum proved an interesting visit, and some of the crews were tempted by the range of silver shopping opportunities, but we had to conclude that the boating facilities in Schoonhoven left a little to be desired. Perhaps it didn't help that it rained the whole time that we were there!