Volendam

“It’s all Japanese,” we were told twice, by two different Dutch friends.  Japanese?  “Tourists,” they had continued, “taking photos,” they motioned ‘click!’ ‘click!’ with their index fingers taking a snapshot of both me and Brian using their pretend cameras while we listened to these descriptions of Volendam.  Hmmm, tourists.  Usually we avoided these locations.  “But nice to…

Wadden Islands – Vlieland

Our nine-mile trip to Vlieland was a good test of Detour‘s capability for motoring upwind in 20-knots, through confused waves and opposing current.  The deck was doused several times.  We learned Detour‘s motion in these conditions, very different compared to s/v Rode Trip’s rocking horse motion; much more comfortable, but when waves smacked the flat bottom of the hull’s design it felt…

SAIL Detour

Anyone else tired of that overhanging mast and accompanying, X-shaped support post getting in the way of all our photographs?  We sure are!  It’s about time we get that out of the way and…RAISE THE MAST! We spent several days at the town of Weesp, on the Vecht River, which had been our staging point…

Fun Facts

We chose to travel the Vecht River thanks to a tip from a Dutch couple who we’d met in Belgium; we’d selected it based on most direct route for our plans, little did we know at the time it is also one of the most scenic canals in Europe. Getting local information is often the best…

Navigating to Venlo

Traveling the Maas River into the Netherlands we’d entered a very different watery world in comparison to France and Belgium.  The river was wide and the surrounding scenery flat with scatterings of homes, trees, and livestock.  There was much commercial traffic, large locks, and oodles of pleasure boats.  We’d been maintaining a tally of commercial…