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Belgium 06 Jul 2018 11:32 #99666

We found the best paper charting is in the de Rouck Geocarts (2 volumes that cover Reims to Rotterdam). There is not much text included and some of the information has not been updated. So most folk add notes as they cruise and when you meet up you can then swop updates etc. Similarly the Imray waterways guide is out of date, but it gives a good background to the various waterways. We managed to get copies of the Belgium yacht club guides which are quite handy with the most recent contact information for the clubs and marinas. We also have navionics charting on our Simrad display. I think there are other threads about AIS, but we would recommend at least receive, capability, but if you can afforded there is a lot for being seen around the corner although you are under 20m.

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Belgium 03 Jul 2018 19:56 #99635

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Yes liscences and courses done (except the bruggee one) and have found waterway guide usefull is there a good book or software for navigation? How impotent I'd AIS and can anyone record one please?

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Belgium 03 Jul 2018 11:49 #99630

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For marinas and other moorings, check out the Waterways Guide , which has nearly 300 places in Belgium. Willemdok is great for visiting Antwerp but one of the more expensive. For licences and lots of other information see the Cruising in Belgium section of the Knowledgebase. The KB is well worth browsing for other info too.

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Belgium 03 Jul 2018 11:48 #99629

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Marinas and other moorings are in the waterways guide John. Licence is needed for Flanders, not wallonie. You can buy one at Dammepoortsluis in Bruges. For my 29m ship for this year it was €130 but I think there might be a short season lower price. No licence needed in NL but there is in France.
Don't forget VHF radio and operator licences plus of course your ICC or equivalent. All in the Knowledge Base.

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Belgium 03 Jul 2018 11:40 #99628

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Ok that's definatly on the bucket list. So in between sampling the beers, very nice (& recovery time) any info on marinas - Willemdok? River liscence etc please?

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Belgium 03 Jul 2018 11:01 #99626

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The better tourist offices have the Belgium Beer map with all brouwerij contact details, visits etc. Well worth trying to get and plan trip and stops to get to the nearest brouwerij.
The Hyghe Brouwerij, home of Delirium Tremens, at Melle, 20 - 30 min cycle ride from Merelbeke sluis, is well worth the 5€. Good tour and 30 odd beers to work through in 90 mins! Next day was a bit of a blur!!!
Their Floris Chocolate beer is surprisingly refreshing on a hot day!

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Belgium 03 Jul 2018 10:53 #99625

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Forgot to say the beer was a big deciding factor! Oh and the mussels....fries etc we do enjoy food & drink

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Belgium 03 Jul 2018 10:31 #99624

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Pete, Oh yes we are quite partial to beer too - having lived in Germany 8 yrs (tho on land) We will endeavour to try them all - or at least give it our best shot!!!

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Belgium 03 Jul 2018 00:08 #99620

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John,

The first thing to learn about Belgium is beer! We have thousands, to meet all tastes. Wine is for the French. Plonk is for the English.

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Belgium 02 Jul 2018 23:59 #99619

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Had thought of Brugge sounds good, we're quite partial to a glass af plonk

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Belgium 02 Jul 2018 20:58 #99615

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Stop in Brugge on the way from Nieuwpoort. The Westhoek is quiet and not as boring as you might think. Dienze is worth a visit just for Bruno's wine bar!
In truth you need to find. What's right for you. Belgium is a real gem when you get under its skin.

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Belgium 02 Jul 2018 19:05 #99612

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Ooops - yea guess thats relevant 19.8m x 3.8 draught .76m
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Belgium 02 Jul 2018 18:55 #99611

Big boat? little boat? If a little boat the big waterways with great big boats can be a bit bouncy, we are 10 m x 3.4m and tend to corkscrew our way uncomfortably along until we can get off the big waterways, For that reason we plan to avoid the bigger waterways if we can. Others will know Belgium and Holland better than we do but, as they say, Enjoy!

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Belgium 02 Jul 2018 17:10 #99605

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New to Belgium and boating in Europe would appreciate advise on routes and moorings. We are looking to have Karma transported across possibly mid August to Niepoort maybe stay there cpl weeks then to Gent another cpl weeks then on to Antwerp in october and over the winter months. In the spring to Holland we are open to suggestions of other areas and any advice welcome please.

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