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Dordrecht

Where to stop:The bridge in the Nieuwe Haven is operated manually by the harbour master as necessary (request 30 minutes in advance for departure).

Facilities ashore: Free holding tank pump out facility - moor at reception pontoon.

See separate update on fuel availability.

What to see: Good shopping facilities including late night opening on Thursdays and a market on Statenplein on Fridays and Saturdays.

Restaurant tip: As well as De Stroper, try Pablos Mexican Cantina close to the KDRZV yacht club, or 't Veerhuis near the ferry terminal on the Merwekade. Fish restaurant Markzicht, on the Grote Market also comes highly recommended, but is even more pricey than De Stroper. The yacht club restaurant, De Koninklijke, offers an all-you-can eat buffet at a very reasonable rate, every evening except Thursdays during the summer.

Heusden

Where to stop: Moorings on the WSV Heusden visitors pontoon near the bridge to the inner harbour are box moorings and water is available only between 6pm and 10am. Daytime mooring free until 4pm. Report at the pontoon immediately on the right as you enter the harbour if you want to request a finger berth. 

What to see: Most shops closed on Mondays but some have half day closing throughout the week. Shops on Hoogstraat include a small supermarket.

Woudrichem

Where to stop: The entrance to WSV Woudrichem is described in the book as just south of the foot ferry to Loevestein at km 247. What should also be mentioned is there is a green buoy directly opposite the harbour entrance, and between the two the depth is very limited, only about 1.5m. It is not clear from the chart whether the buoy is intended to relate to the harbour entrance, or only to the main channel, but care should be taken when approaching from either direction.

Unmetered electricity in the harbour is 10A and there are two bikes available to borrow free from the harbour master.

Moorings in the Stadshaven are limited to both sides of a single pontoon with room for only about 12 boats in total. Arrive early to have a chance of finding a place.

Fuel availability and prices

Dordrecht: Fuel is no longer available in the Nieuwe Haven (KDRZV) and the Slurink bunkerboat nearby only sells red diesel (and not to leisure boaters) so the only options in Dordrecht are from De Graaf watersport on the River Wantij, or the Bunkerboot Papendrecht on the Merwede (heading east from Dordrecht).

For reference, diesel prices per litre at other fuelling places in the area (as at August 2009) were:

Lage Zwaluwe (Amer) €1,10  [Petrol - €1,50]
Numansdorp (Hollands Diep) €1,20
Jos Boone, Middelburg €1,00
VVW Vlissingen €1,05