Joure Port
Ilst sawmill
Earnewoude nature reserve
Port of Earnewoude

Field report SX20 -Yachtline-: Friesland / Holland

  • Boat model: SX20 -Yachtline-
  • Engine: Honda BF 100 LRTU
  • cruising area: Friesland/Holland
  • crew: Angelika and Toni
  • crew experience: experienced

Since 25.04.2023 we are happy owners of an Öchsner yacht, the SX20 -Yachtline-. In my report I would like to present a few tours that we did with our “Little Sunshine” in the Frisian Lake District / Holland. We love the Friesland region; it is easy to reach from the Ruhr area; in 3 hours we are in Heeg on the Heeger Meer. We were allowed to leave our boat there in the Passsantenhafen Hegerwall (Tel. 0515 443 753) for a few days because we were needed at home, and now we are back here for a good week. Heeg is an inviting little town, lots of restaurants right on the water, boutiques, supermarket, gas station, etc.
We’re going on tour today. We reach Joure via the Jeltesleat, the Lanewarder Wielen and the Jouister Sylroede in around 1 ½ hours. Here you can spend the night in the pedestrian harbor (0622052512). We use electricity because the evenings are still quite cool. We use a ceramic heater for heating, which we always have with us in our motorhome. The pedestrian harbor is beautifully situated, quiet, next to a park and within walking distance of the town. The town is a little larger and offers good shopping opportunities … the butcher is a particular tip because he offers delicious ready-made dishes that you can then eat on deck. Finish off with a glass of wine in the ORANGERIE of the Passantenhafen – the perfect way to round off the evening.

The next day we continue across the Sneeker Meer, through the open lock in Terhorne and back across the Prinses Margrietkanaal to GROU. I love this place, especially because you can eat so deliciously in “het Theehuis”. It is essential to reserve a table, as it is very popular and Dutch people from the surrounding area also like to spend the evening there. The view of the Pikmeer from the terrace is unique. You can spend the night in the Passantenhafen (0653151298). There are clean sanitary facilities here, and washing machines and dryers are also available. The next day we want to go to the Alde Feanen nature reserve and head for the Westerdijk marina in Eaernewald (0511539360). Although there is also a pedestrian harbor there, it is too “hustle and bustle” for us; however, if you love great “harbor cinema”, you can also spend the night there.
We drive across the Piker Meer, then across the Wide Ii, then keep left into the Sytebuorren, then right and we are already in the wonderful water area of the national park … Many individual branching waterways lead along here … everywhere you can moor, have a picnic, anchor, sunbathe or even spend the night if you want to experience island life with a Robinson feeling. Thanks to our SX20 -Yachtline- it would be possible to spend the night on the island, after all it has a closed toilet room, we have water on board and a fridge for food – but today it’s still too cold for us to spend the night. At night-time temperatures of 5 degrees, we need electricity for our heating. The next day we continue to Sneek, a beautiful medieval town which, like many places in the region, is criss-crossed by canals. Its landmark is the twin-towered Waterpoort, which dates back to 1613 and is part of the old city fortifications. There are beautiful moorings within sight of the water gate – definitely a dream in the evening with the lighting – now at Whitsun rather a nightmare! Even driving through the canal de Kolk requires concentration – lots of traffic, big ships, fighting for the last free places … we’ll come back another time during the week! We spend the night in the quiet De Domp marina (0515 755640), where there is also a campsite.

Again, good gastronomy on site. But why? In 10 minutes you can walk to the beautiful city center with lots of life. We have a glass of wine in one of the many restaurants along the canal, preferably one with a view of the moving bridge! Pure harbor cinema! We watch the hustle and bustle as spectators, because tomorrow we want to go through it too! Today the route will take us back to Heeg via Ijlst.
Unfortunately the sky is overcast for the first time today – so much for the weather in Friesland … So far we’ve always had sunshine! We start in Sneek at a cold 11 degrees. Now we have to be brave, we cross Sneek via the small canals and have to cross 3 movable bridges. The adventure begins. There are usually lots of boats jostling in front of the Lemmerbrug – today we’re lucky; the big “pot” in front of us shows us the way and the bridge keeper always opens the bridge for him quite quickly – and we quickly follow! That’s how it works!
We point our bow southwest on the De Geau waterway and reach Ijlst after 3 kilometers. The Uitkijk guest harbor is located on the outskirts of the village, where you can moor. Here you can visit the Holzstadtmuseum. You can learn a lot about the timber industry, shipbuilding and you can also build your own wooden toys here ( Ijlst has a beautiful center with many old captains’ and merchants’ houses. We discovered a bakery and bought a piece of cake – as we had a gas stove with us, we then had delicious coffee (to warm us up) and cake (for the soul). Then we continued on and after another hour we reached Heeg. This concludes our short round trip through the beautiful Frisian Lake District. We will be back!
Best regards, Toni and Angelika

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