Steenwijk to Zwartsluis via Blokzijl – Part 1

Steenwijk to Zwartsluis via Blokzijl – Part 1

Netherlands waterway cruising On the Steenwijkerdiep On Sundays the bridges and locks here only operate from 9 am, so we had a slightly later start, and got going about 0945. We planned to go the slightly longer way round to Zwartsluis, via Blokzijl, still a fairly...
Finding direction – Zwartsluis to Meppel

Finding direction – Zwartsluis to Meppel

Exodus from Zwolle The trip back from Zwolle to Zwartsluis was pretty uneventful, except for the fact we left on a Sunday, and the bridge operator must have overslept, as us, and the 16 or so other boats trying to leave Zwolle had to hang about for nearly half an hour...
Zwolle, funfairs, fireworks and holes in the water

Zwolle, funfairs, fireworks and holes in the water

Shangri La berthed at Zwolle, Netherlands The trip down to Zwolle started off fine. I first took on 100 litres of diesel, mainly to help mix in the fuel additive which is necessary to prevent diesel bug. I particularly wanted this done, as the diesel on board has been...

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