Praamsailing at Warten

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Ket and Wendy on arrival at Warten
In the afternoon there was a choice of activities - kitesurfing with Wendy's friend Rowena, or sailing on a praamboat. I chose praamboat sailing partly because I like the water, but also because I couldn't reasonably expect all the kitesurfing instructions and safety advice to be given in English as well as Dutch.

A praamboat is a flat-bottomed boat that, in this case, takes one through a nature reserve that is only accessible by water, and the trip was to begin at Warten, a few miles from Leeuwarden. There is no shelter on the boat, but fortunately the afternoon was sunny and warm; and the engine, I was relieved to find, was very quiet.
Part of the little marina at Warten
My previous experience of flat-bottomed boats had been on an air-boat in Florida, which was powered by an aero engine so noisy that you had to wear ear-muffs. But with the praamboat we could all chat whilst admiring the view, and tucking into the comestibles that Wendy and Rowena, bless them, had provided.

I can say little about the nature reserve itself since the boat's operator and guide spoke only in Dutch (the boat seemed too small to be overseen by such an august personage as a captain). I think he must have found the afternoon a little enervating, since at one point he steered too close to a semi-submerged branch and nearly decapitated some TBs who were sitting on the port side. Although there were no significant injuries, and we laughed about it afterwards, it could have been a nasty incident. Later Ket, who must have drunk too much before we started, was bursting for relief and in agonies, and we waited with interest to see what the solution would be to this little problem.
Lovely old sailing barge
It turned out that there was an impossibly small cupboard containing a water-closet, and of course when he had managed to fold himself in the thoughts of certain TBs immediately turned to the possibility of locking him in; but fortunately wiser counsels prevailed.

We praamsailed happily and without incident for about two hours before returning to Warten; the pictures give an impression of the nature reserve itself. As throughout my stay, I was impressed with the cleanliness of the water; there wasn't a hint of stagnation or unpleasantness. Back at Warten we all piled into cars and headed back to Leeuwarden for the big meet-up dinner later that evening.
Wendyveer says:
good job
Posted on: Aug 08, 2008
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Ket and Wendy on arrival at Warten
Ket and Wendy on arrival at Warten
Part of the little marina at Warten
Part of the little marina at Warten
Lovely old sailing barge
Lovely old sailing barge
Devika, Marloes, Alex and Ket: wha…
Devika, Marloes, Alex and Ket: wh…
Wendy, Sanne and Bartjeh
Wendy, Sanne and Bartjeh
One of the great pleasures of the …
One of the great pleasures of the…
People clearly spend a lot of mone…
People clearly spend a lot of mon…
Nature
Nature
More nature
More nature
Still more nature
Still more nature
At last something I can recognise:…
At last something I can recognise…
Traditonal sail-boat
Traditonal sail-boat
Picturesque windmill
Picturesque windmill
Devika, Marloes, Wendy and Alex
Devika, Marloes, Wendy and Alex
Sometimes the waterway was narrow,…
Sometimes the waterway was narrow…
Another traditional sailing vessel
Another traditional sailing vessel
Pit-stop for boats
Pit-stop for boats
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