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....and, unlike the English Channel, the southern North Sea would probably silt up.  The Dutch would probably drain it and quadruple the size of their country.  And before you knew it.....Europe would find itself permanently connected to the British Empire! 🤣

Mind you, at least the issue of the French trying to fish it would become moot! 😉

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7 minutes ago, Gareth said:

Sorry, was that serious?!  I thought Solo was having a laugh when he said that!

I can’t believe we’re discussing this as a serious proposal.  The idea of closing off the top of the North Sea is ludicrous - it would require about 500 miles of dam!

300 miles according to the original article. 

 

9 minutes ago, G4rth said:

Not if get rid of the moon at the same time.

Well you could use the rubble as building materials. 

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Slightly off topic and in the interests of some local colour, driving tthe Afsluitdijk is quite an experience. We have done it twice, the second time en route to a few days in the Northern Netherlands which is a wonderful place to visit and off the usual beaten track. There is an observation tower about one third the way across which enables you to appreciate this engineering achievement.

 

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4 minutes ago, cvabishop said:

Slightly off topic and in the interests of some local colour, driving tthe Afsluitdijk is quite an experience. We have done it twice, the second time en route to a few days in the Northern Netherlands which is a wonderful place to visit and off the usual beaten track.

 

For once, off-topic is welcome relief! 🤣

You’re spot on about the northern NL Colin.  Have you ever sailed it?  Visiting by boat is an even better experience - start with the Frisian islands and then work through the dijk into the Ijsselmeer.  Great sailing, great country, great for kids, great food.  The Dutch are lovely people.

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Agree completely. Not sailed it but we stayed in a marinal hotel at Galamadammen and just loved it.  Difficult to think of a more relaxing location and there are so many places within easy driving distance to visit. Top class destination. It is a different world to what we are used to in the UK and really repays a visit. Definitely a special place.

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2 hours ago, cvabishop said:

Agree completely. Not sailed it but we stayed in a marinal hotel at Galamadammen and just loved it.  Difficult to think of a more relaxing location and there are so many places within easy driving distance to visit. Top class destination. It is a different world to what we are used to in the UK and really repays a visit. Definitely a special place.

Spent a night there some years back bringing a Swan 42 through from Delfzijl to Stavoren, before putting the rig up, out at Ijmuiden and cold February run to the Solent. Not enough depth in the Galamadanen marina, so moored just east of the bridge. Excellent dinner!

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2 hours ago, cvabishop said:

Agree completely. Not sailed it but we stayed in a marinal hotel at Galamadammen and just loved it.  Difficult to think of a more relaxing location and there are so many places within easy driving distance to visit. Top class destination. It is a different world to what we are used to in the UK and really repays a visit. Definitely a special place.

Colin if this is the road which has a petrol station about halfway along, we used it to travel to a campsite next to a cemetery in Holwerd and remember being passed by convoys of mini busses packed with cubs & scouts.

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Can't recall to be honest..We just found it an interesting area to explore unlike anywhere we had previously visited.It had a charm of its own,

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Sorry, missed you were referring to the dyke. Yes that is the spot although it is nearer the western end than the eastern. There is an observation tower with all round views.

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