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Dolphins 11 Oct 2017 19:32 #95348

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If these dolphins had a pontoon connecting them, it would indeed suggest that recreational boats would normally be able to use them. However as you were asked to move off, was this from maintenance boats that would be requiring moorings on a temporary basis? Also perhaps you could have asked if it was OK to moor on the inside of the pontoon as this would presumably be unsuitable for commercials?

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Dolphins 11 Oct 2017 18:56 #95347

To be fair to the original Moorings guide poster ( and myself as author of the extract below) the Dolphin moorings that we used did indeed have a new wooden pontoon, effectively joining them up and enabling bank access pretty easily. So giving even more of the appearance of "tourist" moorings. Apart from services, the only thing they lacked was an official mention on the latest ANWB Waterkaart. I do agree that many Dolphins we see could be perhaps modified to increase the number available at little cost, especially in France where there seems so little commercial traffic nowadays.

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Living with Commercials 10 Oct 2017 11:19 #95335

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> Dolphins are often only usable by commercials because of their spacing but are not necessarily only for commercials.

I have always considered dolphins are for commercials only, except for short stops awaiting a lock opening. However there are lots of canals that have no little or commercial traffic but the dolphins stand forlornly and never get used because they are too widely spaced and often have no shore access. Would it be worth our while to campaign for simple pontoons to be installed between some of these to provide (comparatively cheaply) suitable moorings for recreational boats? If maintenance work is being done, the contractor could easily erect a "No Mooring" notice if he temporarily requires these moorings for his vessels.

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Living with Commercials 10 Oct 2017 02:05 #95334

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A recent update to the Waterways Guide for Alphen a/d Rijn in Holland says

I have always assumed "Dolphins = Commercial" but, encouraged by the previous listing,we tied up here easily as per comments. Only to be "moved on" half an hour later (very politely) by the crew of a huge steel carrying butty plus tug - with more boats promised overnight. There was a lot of maintenance work going on along waterway so this could well have been the once a year moment. But we moved - luckily mid pm and no hassle.

Dolphins are often only usable by commercials because of their spacing but are not necessarily only for commercials. In the Netherlands any boat over 20m long does count as 'Beroops' and are generally permitted to use 'B' moorings. However the real commercials and work-barges have much a bigger problem for mooring so should be given priority, which may simply mean tying up outside them. We all have to share the water and moorings and they mostly understand - and like to see their 'grandfathers' boats in use.
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