Living onboard a 109 year old "tjalk" boat



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    Attention,....for several reasons we dont take volanteers this year.

    There is something changed.... the tjalk is SOLD..... (01-11-2016)
    We are now considering to take no volanteers for this moment thats gonna be earlyest end of 2018 or 2019
    (Update: busy to buy a new one)

    We are a couple who have a beautiful home in Lelystad. We live partime in Lelystad because of our profession.
    Together with my JM and 2 cats named Kees & Koos we navigate along the Rhein. Because we enjoy life on the canals and rivers so much we decided to buy a recreative barge ourself. But a beauty as she is on the outside we need to renovate the inside up to this decade. Our dream is cruise to France in a couple of years maybe with guests or ... So in the meanwhile we are working our butts of the repaint, remodel the inside with a lacking of talent to do things like carpenting, electric stuff etc etc..
    We are " bon vivants professionel" we love that someone helps us with the refitting of our guest room on the barge and we give you the uppertunaty to enjoy living for a short periode of time in our country near the city of Amsterdam ( about 40 minutes traintrip to the city)

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    WE CAN ONLY OFFER SHORT STAYS PER MONTH MAX. 10 DAYS FROM FRIDAY TILL SUNDAY A WEEK LATER.. because of our proffessionel work it's not possible to stay longer.

    So if you are a creative gifted carpenter who likes the challenge of refurbishing our " achteronder"
    The guestroom needs a new bed , shower, small kitchen and renewed walls.
    And if you can also do plumbing and electrical jobs that would be awsome.

    Because we live 50% per month in our home we only can offer 10 days periodes for volunteers.

    The other 50% of the month we live at our work which is in another country.

    When you stay on the boat the idea is also that you cook for yourself....

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    English, a bit french and german and of course Dutch

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    On the barge is a "master bedroom" and a already new built kingsize bed with a very very old fashioned bathroom with bath and a brand new kitchen
    Note if you're up to almost 2 metres tall then there's a problem the ceiling height is aprox. 1.95 metres
    We are still working on the boat so its still a bit "spartanic" ;))

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Our city is not a beauty she is built about 50 years ago but if you like green surroundings, sailing and a big lake (formely a sea named Suyderzee) then you will enjoy your stay here. Personaly I like to cook and serve a nice meal JM loves to chat with people who live in foreign countries
    We live at that lake near a yacht harbour, the VOC Batavia (ancient rebuilt wooden barge) and outlet (shopping) center. By train you can easily travel to Amsterdam or northern parts of Holland.
    If you come to stay I will help you with your siteseeing plans or anything that you need.

    TILL 1april 2016 we dont work,....its wintertime..;((

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    • Limited internet access

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    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

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    (max 5 per day, 5 days per week)

This is the " achteronder" that needs to be renovated with new small kitchen shower and bed

Host ref number: 116676188465