Amersfoort - Nijkerk

Leaving Amersfoort for the summer

Amersfoort, our much appreciated winter-mooring city, was left on Wednesday the 27th of March. Our departure was videoed by a fellow boater, who’ll be given all the credits at the end of this little explanation. Hopefully see you all again at the end of coming September. The credits go to: © Nico v/d Kuilen. (Thanks, Nico! Especially your comments!)

  • Harmless stove

    In recent years we have been with the two of us. Since the end of January, however, we are with the three of us, an increase of a whopping 50%. It’s a dog, a lovely one, named Jay. Jay, a male and born on the 3rd of December 2018, is an Australian Shepherd – despite its name an American breed! For more see https://

  • Dangerous stove He loves to be underneath our solid fuel stove (as long as fitting in there) possibly because of the combination warm(ish) coat – cool metal. Last week Jay was unlucky because we decided to fire the stove for the first -and probably last- time this (ending) winter.

Already slightly visible with the video we started with, Jay lives inside his bench when we cruise. The most important reason being the perfect view outside. Apart from that he is of no use when departing, arriving, tackling a lock etc. - highly curious, thus permanent obstructing our intended actions. By the way he’s lovely, and we mean this from the bottoms of our hearts.

The first overnight stop, Wednesday, was next to the Ocrieteiland at Eembrugge/Baarn. We have been there before, see Week 14 – 2017, last picture. The next day, Thursday the 28th we cruised towards the mouth of the Eem-river. That was not the first time either, so search for the second-last picture in Week 36 – 2018. After entering the Eemmeer on Friday the 29th of March the weather was stunningly gorgeous, not a cloud in sight – only sun, sun and sun again. That offered the possibility to make this picture, just after passing ‘De Eemhof’ opposite Bunschoten-Spakenburg. The marina of ‘De Eemhof’ (not visible here, we mean the one on the other side of the buildings) accommodates yachts that need a professional crew to handle them. In short, some yachts of sheik-like proportions. Having said this, what a view!!

Friday the 29th we arrived at the mouth of the Arkervaart, a canal leading into Nijkerk’s centre. We decided immediately to stay here for three nights because there’s (paid-for) electricity, the harbour-master is possibly still skiing somewhere in central Europe and it’s an exquisite spot for the dog.

Jay, discovering the possibilities of playing in/with water for the first time.

What a joy

It's just maximum entertainment to watch a playful puppy.

The dog, looking scruffy after his water-escapades.

This week's statistics

Engine ran during 4 hours and 6 minutes (4,1 hours) – first day 1,6 hours, second day 0,7 hours, third day 1,8 hours. Yes, we are going forward rather slowly!

Generator up till now (Saturday afternoon) 1,6 hours.

Weather: Wednesday: clouded. Thursday: sombre and cold. Friday: sunny. Saturday: mainly sunny. Today (Sunday): a cold wind and an overcast sky this morning; now (11:01AM, it’s daylight saving time since last night) a watery sun, so who knows?

Hope to see you next week again! 


01.04.2019 08:58


Gezellig weer de wekelijkse berichten. Prachtige eerste week om uit te varen. En wat is Jay al groot. En gek op water. Hebben jullie al een zwemvest voor hem?

07.04.2019 09:51

Diny & Simon

Ehhh, nee nog niet. Wij beschouwen hem als een natuurtalent op elk gebied, dus ook zwemmen. Nu even serieus: we zijn zeker van plan om een reddings'ding' aan te schaffen. (Op de groei?)

01.04.2019 04:13


Gisteren de klok 1 uur vooruit, maar jij hebt je blog 1 maand vooruit gezet??? Leaving A'foort the 27th of April???😅

07.04.2019 09:50

Diny & Simon

Hersteld, Ivonne. En bedankt!

01.04.2019 08:59


Scherp van jou Ivon. 😂 Was me niet eens opgevallen.

31.03.2019 19:42

Tineke Heek

Schitterend verslag. Knap hoor en wat fijn om zo onze “overwinteraar-hond” nog te volgen.

31.03.2019 21:48

Diny & Simon

Dank je wel! De hond heeft 't naar zijn zin - denken we. Wij ook. Xx.

31.03.2019 15:05


Geweldig dat er weer een blog is. Ik geniet er van.

31.03.2019 18:42

Diny & Simon

Graag gedaan hoor!

31.03.2019 13:47


Heerlijk om hem zo in het water te zien spelen! Dat wordt duidelijk een zwemmertje❤️ Gelukkig was dit water schoner dan dat van vorige week!

31.03.2019 14:29

Diny & Simon

Oh, hij is zo geinig! En jewel, het water is iets, herhaal: iets, schoner. Drogen en borstelen....

31.03.2019 10:31

Sylvia den Hartog

Goede vaart!! Heerlijk dat de blog weer terug is. Liefs Sylvia en Barry xxx

31.03.2019 14:28

Diny & Simon

Dank jullie wel! Enne, tot van-de-zomer. Xx.

31.03.2019 09:57

Nico en Tineke

Lieve Diny en Simon, het was idd weer een fijne winter in Amersfoort met zn allen. Ook wij kijken terug op een mooie winter ( met wat obstakels 😐) die we gelukkig met elkaar konden delen. Goede vaart

31.03.2019 14:27

Diny & Simon

Ja, volgende winter maar gewoon herhalen! En jullie natuurlijk ook: goede vaart.

31.03.2019 09:26

Vranz van Maaren

Yaaay... Bon Voyage!

31.03.2019 14:33

Simon & Diny

Dank je Vranz!