During summertime it’s always really busy on the Amsterdam canals. It’s therefore always a good idea to go through the boating rules and regulations before getting into your boat. After all, it would be a shame if your day out ends with an expensive fine?
- – Do not exceed the boating speed limit of 6 kilometres per hour. Only on larger waterways such as IJ, the Amstel route and the Kostverlorenvaartroute, the speed limit is 7,5 kilometeres per hour;
– Boats longer than 20 metres always have the right of way;
– One-way traffic regulations apply to both the Grimburgwal and the Prinsengracht (3,2 kilometres in length), one-way traffic regulations apply;
– Don’t blast amplified music on your boat;
– Always stick to the right-hand side (starboard) of the waterway;
– A skipper should not drink any alcohol;
– Want to moor your boat? Mind the etiquette and make sure that your boat doesn’t block others. You’re also not allowed to moor underneath bridges.
You can also find a complete overview of the boating rules and regulations on the police website.