Ninety per cent of both Dutch and foreign beach visitors travel by car. A travelling time of many hours in a more stationery than moving, overheated car, is by no means an exception. But why has the trip to the beach become a necessary evil? Why begin the holiday on arrival at the beach? Cannot the trip and the destination be brought closer together?
Whether the boat is quicker than the car is no longer important, because the boat has become an attractive destination in itself. the holiday begins and ends in the many inland harbours. These home ports can share in the profits of the downstream box-office hit: the coast.
The boat as a means of transporting passengers or as a place for recreation is not new. The combination of both, however, is rare. The boat envisaged here is a cross between a goal-orientated Fast Ferry and a wandering Spido or a waterbus and a party ship. The boat should be more than a means of transport and comprise elements that link up with, and are essentially part of, the past or future beach experience. passengers on the outward journey should be able to swim a few laps and sunbathe (warm-up), and on the home journey bathe in the evening sun and enjoy a beer and chips (après-côte?). All this against a background of river landscapes, harbours and cities.