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Den Helder

There is a large, new passanthaven in Den Helder, at the north end of the Binnenhaven (close by the museums and shown as an empty basin on the plan in the book).  Well appointed moorings (alongside & box) with water, electricity & WiFi, a supermarket only 5 minutes away and restaurants.  A new lock, the Zeedoksluis gives direct access to the port area, handy if you are visiting Texel.  The lock has 3 opening periods during the day, 8-10 am, early then late afternoon.

Would also recommend a trip to Texel, lovely, if expensive marina in Oudeschild - an island made for cycling.


Goudse glazenStill popular for its three day special mooring deal, Gouda continues to attract visitors from all directions. The bridge and lock details remain as given, but the harbour master seems to have developed a great preference for sending boats to moor in the Turfsingel (straight on from the Rabatbrug) rather than in the more attractive Kattensingel (left under the Pottersbrug), especially if your boat is on the big side. The Turfsingel does have the attraction of the toilet and shower block (now a bit further down the Turfsingel because of a building site near the Pottersbrug - look for a cream-coloured shed with a red roof - no code, but open during the day), but it is close to the road in a not particularly nice part of town, unlike the Kattensingel which boasts the herenhuizen of the Regentesseplantsoen as neighbours, as well as landscaped gardens. In the Kattensingel there are water hoses in the brown metal cupboards - normally kept unlocked, but if not, complain to the HM. You'll find him in the bridge house at the Rabatbrug, and if you don't feel like paying him a visit, expect a knock on the boat between 8 and 8.30am to collect your mooring dues.

The other change since my last visit is the chandlers, Aquarius Watersport, which has moved from its position near the station to a more sensible spot at the far (SE) end of the Turfsingel. The museumgouda has also moved into premises opposite the St Jans church, so when you come out of the Goudse Glazen exhibition, you can't help but fall into their courtyard cafe - extra special coffee served with all the trimmings.


The JH Eijmershof shown on the plan on page 87 seems to have turned into the JH 't Fissertje which, although they advertise visitors moorings (at a rather extravagant €2/m per night) seems more interested in the type of visitors who arrive by sloop to dine at the new Restaurant Benjamin. This has taken the place of what I described as the lower budget cafe/restaurant Eijmershof - clearly they decided that their splendid lakeside position was wasted on the low budget market!

There are still limited moorings round the corner at JH Kaageiland although boats with a beam of more than 3.5m might struggle to find a big enough space. The best option for larger boats wanting to stay on Kaag island would be JH Kaagdoop on the Ringvaart, although this lacks the lake view. We decided to explore the west bank of the Dieper Poel and stopped instead at JH Jonkman, an extensive watersports base just up the Sassesnheimervaart. As well as the usual basic facilities, there is a small chandlers and motor engineer on site. Spaces for larger boats (with electricity) are available on the furthest pontoon from the entrance (turn left at the blue-roofed sheds)!

Rotterdam - Delfshaven

For boats en-route to or from Delft, the Delfshaven is a handy and hospitable stopping place, with access from the Coolhaven via the Achterhavenbrug (5m when closed, or call an hour in advance for openings - number is on the bridge!). The first moorings belong to the WSV Verenigde Liggers Delfshaven and there is normally someone on hand to report to at the club ship next to the bridge (where you will also find the facilities and the club bar). If you want to be in the heart of the action, you could continue through to the old Delfshaven but you will need to negotiate the bridge (again, an hour's notice required) and the visitor berths of the WSV Oud Delfshaven are on the south side of the basin, opposite the windmill. Either way, head through to the old harbour for some of the only remaining original buildings in Rotterdam, the Pilgrim Father's church (open Friday and Saturday) and Museum De Dubbelde Palmboom. There are also plenty of gezellig terraces and of course, De Pilgrim bar-restaurant, still drawing the crowds after all this time so I stand by my recommendation of five years ago!

The cruise up the Delfhavense Schie and on up to Delft is a popular one with motor boats and aided by some longer than advertised opening hours, and a new rail bridge with increased clearance.