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    Posted: 17 November 2017 at 07:37
I have seen a comment in another forum about single handed yachts traversing the Dutch standing mast route flying the code flag for No. "1"

I have never heard of this practice before. Can any Dutch forumites please confirm that they do this this & whether it is a legal requirement & whether it actually helps in locks etc.   Should it be flown from backstay or shroud etc?

I ask as I will be visiting the southern part of the Netherlands this year & may well be single handed

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Edited by samuel - 17 November 2017 at 07:40
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Flag No1 is not required in netherlands. You definatly do not need it.
There are some singlehanded sailors who fly Flag No1. The main reason is, that others can see (if they know) that you are alone on the boat. Maybe someone will be more helpful when you enter a harbour. But most people do not know the meaning of flag No1. Usually they think that there is someone from Japan on board ;-) as it looks like the national flag from Japan.

You do not have any benefit or rule on your side, when using it.

I do not have one, i sail very often singlehanded in Netherlands as my boat is berthed there.



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Peter
how do you get on in the locks?
i have been through over 300 lock passages & a third of them SH.
However, the Dutch ones do seem a bit daunting & can be quite busy. I have been as far as Amsterdam several times.
But I also worry about berthing between piles - ie Middleburgh where one moors bows in & then ties the stern between 2 piles.
How do you manage that SH without incurring the wrath of the owners on the adjoining craft?
Some hints would be appreciated.
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Here are my points:

The locks are quite easy.
I usually enter the lock and fix always at first the sternrope to the wall. Than i engage the motor forward an push the boat to the lockwall. While the motor is engaged forward i fix a second rope (Middle ore front). At the end i disengage the motor. This works perfect with my Hanse 370 as the stern is pretty wide. Even if i sail with my family i stay to this procedure!

In some locks you have to look for some current (Saltwater to sweetwater!) normally you will find a info when entering the lock (Example is Lauwersoog). Than you have to follow the sequence shown on the sign. But mostly my standartprocedure works pefect even in these locks - you just have to be fast and you have to give enough power to the motor.

If the lock is quite busy, try not to use a spot at the lockwall. Try to berth alongside another boat. Much more easy, and there are helping hands from the neighbour for sure!

In netherlands it is quite standart to have a berth with 2 piles at the stern. In my case, i try to get a berth which is a little bit longer than my boat (ca.1m) Than i work with the same procedure as written above. First try to get the windward pile and put the sternrope on it. fix it to the boat. Than use the motor as your "second rope". I am able to fix my boat even in stronger winds this way in position without drifting away, so i have time to get to the front to fix both frontropes. At the end i fix the last rope on the stern. When everything is fixed, than i disengage the motor. I nerver touched another boat when doing this! But normally others have fenders out! My fenders are lying fixed on the boat, and i kick them out of the railing when inside the box.



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