Noord Hollandsche canal

Dan Tribe

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I've sort of started thinking about this summer's meander. I have a notion to explore the Noord Holland canal from Zaandam to Den Helder via Alkmaar.
Has anyone got any views on this?
Is it worth doing? Is it yacht friendly with our 1.8m draught & fixed mast? Are there many places to stop without going into marinas?
My books & charts are unavailable at present and only have the Vaarkart thing on my phone. Not very helpful as it's a bit vague about depths, it seems mainly aimed at motor boat users.
 

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I've sort of started thinking about this summer's meander. I have a notion to explore the Noord Holland canal from Zaandam to Den Helder via Alkmaar.
Has anyone got any views on this?
Is it worth doing? Is it yacht friendly with our 1.8m draught & fixed mast? Are there many places to stop without going into marinas?
My books & charts are unavailable at present and only have the Vaarkart thing on my phone. Not very helpful as it's a bit vague about depths, it seems mainly aimed at motor boat users.
I have done it north to south, no issues the tea coloured water does stain white grp, depth no issue we have similar draught, We stopped in Aalkmar, box`s are narrow , charts we used a AWNB over view chart let that worked ok, the only slight detour was the southern end we took a wrong turn. Zaandam is very nice & we should have possibly stopped but the whole trip was windy & we opted for shelted in the Haarlem Canal
 

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We did it quite a few years ago. We stopped in Alkmaar for a look around, but stayed overnight at a little boat club. I expect you can moor up to the banks, but we didn't do so, and I can't remember well enough to be positive (see below, though). It is pretty boring! We haven't done it again, because it is much more fun to sail through IJselmeer and visit the little towns like Hoorn, Edam, Enkhuizen etc.

I have just found that it is in our edition of the Stande Mastroute booklet. (Pub. ANWB and available in most NL boaty places) It marks quite a few mooring places where you can stay for free for up to 3 days. That booklet is exactly what you need for everything about it!
 

Dan Tribe

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We did it quite a few years ago. We stopped in Alkmaar for a look around, but stayed overnight at a little boat club. I expect you can moor up to the banks, but we didn't do so, and I can't remember well enough to be positive (see below, though). It is pretty boring! We haven't done it again, because it is much more fun to sail through IJselmeer and visit the little towns like Hoorn, Edam, Enkhuizen etc.

I have just found that it is in our edition of the Stande Mastroute booklet. (Pub. ANWB and available in most NL boaty places) It marks quite a few mooring places where you can stay for free for up to 3 days. That booklet is exactly what you need for everything about it!
Thanks. I think you've confirmed what I was starting to suspect.
We had a lovely trip around the Ilselmeer & Markermeer last year, getting as far as Sneek. Loved most of the towns although I doubt I'll want to re-visit Volendam.
We will probably do some more of that, perhaps going a bit further into Friesland, but 1.8m draught is not ideal for that.
 

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We will probably do some more of that, perhaps going a bit further into Friesland, but 1.8m draught is not ideal for that.
It ought to be possible, and plenty of boats do it. I'm only 1.5m allegedly, though nearer 1.7 when I have tried to measure it. Most of the canals should be OK, but sometimes the moorings are a bit shallower at places like Leeuwarden and Dokkum, where there is a deeper pontoon reserved for sailing boats.. Both towns are worth seeing but I prefer the route via Harlingen and Franeker.
 

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I've sort of started thinking about this summer's meander. I have a notion to explore the Noord Holland canal from Zaandam to Den Helder via Alkmaar.
Has anyone got any views on this?
Is it worth doing? Is it yacht friendly with our 1.8m draught & fixed mast? Are there many places to stop without going into marinas?
My books & charts are unavailable at present and only have the Vaarkart thing on my phone. Not very helpful as it's a bit vague about depths, it seems mainly aimed at motor boat users.
We did north to tgr notgswa cansl aboyt 20 yra ago. The qarwe is black tea coloured abd stauned the hull toosudea zandam i quaint. We lijet alkmar plus lots of old halftiles farm hoyses on the canal side once thriugg alkmar.
 

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We did it quite a few years ago. We stopped in Alkmaar for a look around, but stayed overnight at a little boat club. I expect you can moor up to the banks, but we didn't do so, and I can't remember well enough to be positive (see below, though). It is pretty boring! We haven't done it again, because it is much more fun to sail through IJselmeer and visit the little towns like Hoorn, Edam, Enkhuizen etc.

I have just found that it is in our edition of the Stande Mastroute booklet. (Pub. ANWB and available in most NL boaty places) It marks quite a few mooring places where you can stay for free for up to 3 days. That booklet is exactly what n ia aqyure bice .powwrp9ibts availavle .edam a short bike ride sway ib tge gewsa camp sutw beside the canal with shiees est on euro slot ti grt hit water
 

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Beware that the Coenbridge near Koog aan de Zaan is out of order. Max height 6.2 m. Repairs seem to take considerable time
There is an alternative route (bypass) through the Nauernasche Vaart, max depth said to be 2m and max height 18.3 m (electricity cables)
Alkmaar is a nice city to visit and in Den Helder I would advise to stay at the Willemsoord Harbour.
Happy sailing
 

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I've sort of started thinking about this summer's meander. I have a notion to explore the Noord Holland canal from Zaandam to Den Helder via Alkmaar.
Has anyone got any views on this?
Is it worth doing? Is it yacht friendly with our 1.8m draught & fixed mast? Are there many places to stop without going into marinas?
My books & charts are unavailable at present and only have the Vaarkart thing on my phone. Not very helpful as it's a bit vague about depths, it seems mainly aimed at motor boat users.
no issues thst i recall. Qith 2.1m undeep qnd w6m sir sft. About 18 yrs ago with sn out of date pilot book
 
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