You like boats and you like holidays, so why not treat yourself to a charter? From hiring a Linssen in France to bareboating in Thailand, there's a world of choice
Like France, the Netherlands has an intricate weave of waterways, and as most people here have grown up on the water it is perfectly geared to boaters.
Most visitors head to the Ijsselmeer but this big lake tends to be sailing boat territory. Instead explore the many canals and small lakes that make up Friesland. Historically everything was transported by water here so even the smallest towns and villages are accessible by boat. You only need to cruise for 20 minutes between places and once you find somewhere, simply moor up and within minutes you can be sat ashore, beer in hand.
All town moorings have water and electricity, but if you want to escape it all there are some delightfully remote places that you can moor up at for free with only the birds to keep you company. Visit www.marrekrite.nl for more info.
Van Straten Yachts & Charter, based in beautiful Friesland province, is just one company offering high-quality charterboats. It has a fleet of beautifully maintained steelboats, including a Valk 1200 and a Vivante 42.
Van Straten Yachts & Charter
Tel: 0031 (0)515 438 158