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Navigation Safety & Regulations
Amsterdam

When sailing in Amsterdam, the following
rules and regulations apply.

Navigation Safety & Regulations
Amsterdam

When sailing in Amsterdam, the following
rules and regulations apply.

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Regulations for a safe and comfortable sailing trip

  • Safety first, so never take any unnecessary risks.
  • Always stick to the right-hand side (starboard) of the waterway.
  • Do not exceed the boating speed limit of 6 km/h (3.7 miles/h).
  • Commercial shipping (like a canal touring boat) always has right-of-way, whether coming from left or right!
  • Boats bigger than our Ecoboats always have right-of-way, regardless of their course.
  • Be clear on your sailing course. Approach bridges in a way in which potential oncoming traffic will clearly see your boat.
  • It is prohibited to steer the ship under influence of alcohol and/or drugs.
  • Respect the privacy of the local inhabitants living on and around the canals. Make sure to minimise the nuisance.
  • The boats cannot enter Amsterdam’s waterfront, which consists of the ‘IJ’ and the harbor in front of Amsterdam Central Station.
  • It is prohibited to moor the boat under/to a bridge, on corners of waterways, to houseboats, and to areas pointed out by a sign.
  • Playing amplified music is prohibited at all times.

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