Anchorages in The Netherlands

For sailors who enjoy tranquility of secluded anchorages we have prepared this map of anchorages in The Netherlands. You will find various anchoring locations in the Dutch waters on the map below, with description and their approximate position on the map.

Anchorages in The Netherlands per sailing area

Are you looking for anchorages in a specific sailing area? Choose from one of the following pages:

Word of caution: these anchorages are listed by sailors based on their experience. They are not officially designated by local authorities or governmental bodies. Therefore, always verify the locations with up-to-date sea charts and take into account and comply with local signs if any are displayed. 

Water depth: 2.5-3.5m
Close to Lelystad, one can anchor in a protected basin. The anchorage Lelystad haven is a good shelter from pretty much all wind directions.
Water depth: 1-1.8m
A spacious anchoring location close to Amsterdam, at the entrance of a harbor. The anchorage Durgerdam is relatively shallow, there is small beach at the east side of it.
Near the harbor of one of the most beautiful towns on the IJsselmeer, but still away from the crowd buzz: the anchorage Buitenhaven Hoorn is a combination of peace, nature and cultural experience. One stays at an anchor here [...]
Water depth: 2-3m
The harbour Oude Zeug is a refuge-/work harbour without facilities for cruisers. Yachts can moor at the quay or anchor on the south-side of the harbour. The water depth is not even through the harbour, check the latest charts and [...]

How do you choose an anchorage?

While choosing a suitable anchoring location, take into account the following factors:

  • Protection
  • Weather
  • Seabed
  • Depth
  • Currents, tide
  • Your anchoring gear

That is why not all anchorages are equally good for a specific boat or situation. Always study the weather forecast for the whole period that you plan to stay at anchor. Choose preferably a not too deep place in a lee of a high shore to ensure good shelter. Is your anchor suitable for the type of seabed? Is the location tidal? (this will obviously mean currents and changes in water depth).

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