Read on for a summary of boating regulations in force on King's Day.

King's Day sailing rules

Boats up to 10 metres long may sail through Amsterdam's canals on King's Day, but it's important to be aware of the rules. Alongside the general regulations that always apply to boats travelling on Amsterdam's canals, a number of additional regulations come into force on King's Day. These rules and other relevant information can be found on the Waternet website (in Dutch). 

For additional information, check out Waternet's 'Vaarwater' app (available in Dutch and English). Available for iPhone and Android, it's the ultimate app for water-goers featuring boating routes, toilet locations, refuse collection boats, rules & regulations and handy tips - and it turns orange just for King's Day!

King’s Day boating regulations

Alongside the general regulations that apply to boats travelling on Amsterdam's canals, a number of additional regulations come into force on King's Day. Below you will find the most significant regulations to keep in mind when taking to the water:

  • The maximum permitted speed is 6 km/h. If your boat causes excessive wash even when travelling less than 6 km/h, you are required to further reduce your speed.
  • Always stay on the right.
  • In order to ensure safety during busy periods, additional boat traffic measures will be put in place, including a one-way system on certain canals (see map - in Dutch).
  • Drinking alcohol while in control of a boat is not permitted.
  • Amplified music is not permitted (i.e. music shouldn't be audible 10 metres away from the boat). This rule will be enforced by law. 
  • Flat-bottomed boats and pontoons are not permitted within the Singel canals (with or without a towboat or push tug).
  • Boats longer than 10 metres are not permitted on the Zoutkeetsgracht, Prinsengracht, Rokin, Grimburgwal or Oudezijds Voorburgwal.
  • Refuse should be gathered in bin bags and deposited at one of the four waste collection boats.