Enkhuizen

by Adrian on May 27, 2012

Sandra and Geoff wanted to visit a traditional Dutch town preserved as a museum at Enkhuizen, so we got up early, sailed north up the inland sea to the locks joining the Ijsselmere.

Locks are pretty straightforward with the simple Dutch technique of sloely motoring against a short stern line between the lock wall and the boat to spring the well fendered bow in to the lock wall. The line also needs to be slipped as the lock water moves up or down.

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We anchored off the town and whizzed into the dock by tender.

The town itself was fairly interesting – if you like that kind of thing. It portrayed a snapshot of Dutch life in the late 19th century including everything traditional and handmade.

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Later that day we had a great 20 mile sail up north to Den Oever on the northern edge of the Ijsselmere where the sea is kept out by a huge dam and locks.

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