On Frisian waterways September 2012

On the water


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Netherlands September 2012



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I relax and watch a self-build powerboat (the only one we saw on our trip) with a 40 hp engine, we have been told, coming in. Meanwhile Willi talks to the son of liveaboards at the outside mooring. Two more ambitious projects are also moored there.

PowerboatReitdjip sluice and bridge









Opposite of our mooring lies ZK4, a historic ship (garnalenkotter) for catching small shrimps in the Wadden Sea, which is still in use for trips with tourists.

ZoutkampZK4 in the back









I have a look at the historic slipway behind ZK86.

Old lock gateSlipway












New lock gateSlipway and Passantenhaven









Then I walk further on over the Reitdiep bridge to the Friese Sluis, where the river De Lauwers joins the Lauwersmeer. The lock is also normally open as is the one in the Reitdiep. There is some current and also a bridge of about 2.5 metres airdraft.

Friese SluisFriese Sluis









View from Friese Sluis to the ReitdjipHein Mader sculpture









On my way back I take a photo of Hein Maderís corkscrew with the fishing port in the back. Zoutkamp was a fishing village on the coast of the North Sea in past times but it is still the centre of shrimp processing. You know most of the North Sea prawns are nowadays shelled in North Africa Ö

Zoutkamp harbour at ZK86Zoutkamp









The evening remains dry but the wind is picking up.

Lauwersoog Max 15.2įC Min 7.3įC Rainfall 0.1mm Sun hours 2.6 Wind E F1 in the morning, F2-3 in the afternoon, F5 with Gusts F7 in the night.



Monday 24/09/2012 Zoutkamp - Pieterzijl - Viesvliet

Length of boat trip: 3.2 hours

Motto of the day: A stormy day on a winding small river

We had a lot of rain during the night and the boat was rolling with the gusts and waves. Itís Monday and some Dutch shrimp trawler and working boats start. Note the fallen flower pot on the first photo.

Bridge opening ZoutkampBridge opening Zoutkamp









Later in the morning the rain stops and we have a walk to the fishing pier where we buy some fresh and smoked fish in the local smoke house (Palingrokerij).

Fishing fleet ZoutkampFishing fleet Zoutkamp







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