These are the adventures of Andy and Sally Rawnsley on their narrowboat "The Puzzler". We have been living on the boat for over nine years now and are still loving it. Our Ulster born Shih Tzu, Shannon, has grown up, and has taken over the boat! After three wonderful years in Ireland, we transported The Puzzler to The Netherlands, and spent a year there. In 2015 we went southwards, to reach the north of France by June. After glorious weather throughout the summer, we arrived in Roanne in late October, and enjoyed our winter in this friendly port. We cruised extensively in France in 2016, 2017 and 2018, returning to Roanne each winter.

Tuesday, 7 October 2014

4th - 6th October. On across the Markermeer to Muiden, then on to the River Vecht.

By Sunday morning the wind had changed, to come from the north, so we were very sheltered on our mooring. We walked to the far end of Hooft Island to see how rough our crossing was likely to be. The waves were rushing past the end of the breakwater, so we waited until late afternoon to cross over to the mainland at Muiden.

It was a very unusual sky later on, when we were out on the Markermeer, but the water was much calmer for our crossing.

On the approach to Muiden, we passed the Royal Marina. This white boat is the Green Dragon, which belongs to King Willem Alexander, the king of The Netherlands.
Muiden is a pleasant town, and we managed to fit in, backwards, on to the visitor mooring. Last night there was a converted lifeboat in the space next to The Puzzler, but we were socialising on his boat until late, and he left early this morning. It was a fascinating boat.

Update here! Rob has sent us this pic of both our boats at Muiden.
Walking back to see Muiden lock in the morning, it had lost the busy atmosphere of last night, when all these chairs were full of gongoozlers. (These are interested non-boaters, watching boaters!) The castle can just be seen beyond the yachts, which are moored beyond the lock.

We are on a staithe mooring on the river Vecht. These moorings are free but, as there is no access to land, they are not great for Shannon!

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