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Schagen's municipal harbourWV Jan van Ketel did not build a new marina in the Oude Industriehaven as stated.  The Recreatiehaven of Schagen however, is established by the local authority in the Oude Industriehaven. There are visitor’s berths available on pontoons or alongside, with plenty of metered electricity and water points.

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Drecht waterway

The Drecht waterway which joins the Oude Wetering to the junction of the Aarkanaal and the Amstel at Tolhuissluizen is no longer a permit-only waterway and can be freely cruised by visiting boats. The Drecht is an attractive rural waterway and a useful shortcut from the Braassemermeer to the Amstel.

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The visitors harbour at Uithoorn has been developed to provide better facilities for visiting pleasure boats, and recent visitors report a warm welcome from the harbour master and no problems with a size limit.

The Sjiek aan de Amstel restaurant on the quay comes highly recommended with a couple of courses, a decent bottle of wine and coffee for two costing just €60.

There is a public toilet and shower facility for visitors at Koningin Julianalaan 54A, open from 0700 to 2300 during the cruising season (April - October), and facilities for disposing of boat waste. Harbour dues (€7.50 in 2013) are collected by sloop hire firm Aemstel Boating.


As one of Holland's largest cities i would have expected a bit more effort to welcome visitors by boat, but despite an enthusiastic reception from the harbour office staff we couldn't really find anywhere suitable to moor for the night. Now, I know there are those of you thinking, well I've never not found somewhere to moor, and if you were happy with an unserviced spot by a busy road, then yes, you could find somewhere.

In the first edition of the fabulous tome, I wrote that the moorings along the canal in the town centre are public, noisy and dusty, and re-reading it I thought I might have been a bit harsh.

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