Experience life on a barge or boat in Netherlands, travelling around France




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    I'm traveling by inland river barge (boat) through Europe, especially Holland, Belgium and France. The barge is an original Dutch built péniche and made for the old French channels. I still transport sometimes cargo and I am the third generation of a shipper family from both sides of my parents. I live and work alone on the barge sometimes accompanied by my girlfriend and daughter.

    There is a simple separate -little- room for guests in the front of the barge which is not suite. (no sanitaire, but there is a chemical toilet and lavabo) Also a heating system, fridge/freezer and micro-wave. I live on the back of the barge in the skippers logement.

    The tasks to do depends on the person, cleaning, housekeeping, shopping and preparing meals? ? ? And serving the aperitif of the skipper of course at 18h00 exactly..LOL.

    My intention is to make contact with other people and have an exchange of cultures.

    Kind regards,



    Plans for 2021 :

    The barge is actually mooring up in the Netherlands. I have to find pleasure-boats in the Netherlands to buy and make ready for sell in French but complicated (to expensive) with Corona but I hope in winter it wil goes happen ;-)

    I right-no buy a boat from 12 x 3 M who has to be painted and prepared.

    Also I buy a barge in Belgium on the coast in city Nieuwpoort. A complicated story, we have first to installe an engine and prepare the barge. I go with my own (transport)barge from Holland to Belgium close to this barges to be able instal the engine. After we move the 2 barges back to Holland.

    From 9 september up to end Oktober I have already a young worker out of the USA. Maybe I can use a second Worker in this case. And of cours a Worker in Oktober when the first Worker leave.

    With periodes I go also by car to French for maintenance on the boats mooring up on different places in French. My pleasure boats are actually mooring up 20 km south of Paris on river Seine, Marne and Bourgogne.

    Notes :

    * Plans can suddenly completely change !!!!!!!! In fact plans change every day....So don't ask my what go happen in future : I really don't know (however I always can explain how to come/travel to the boat and I will pay the local ticket). One thing is sure : There happen always something ! It can be everywhere in the city, town, village or countryside...in the Netherlands, Belgium or French.

    * After 30 years traveling and transport on the barge I set up another activity : I buy boats in Holland and sell the boats in French. It is interesting also, I see a lot of nice places and different people. The tasks for the "Workawayer" are the same. This is the best way of the skippers-life of the '80 : Time to visit, meet nice people and profit of life. (in modern inland shipping there is time for nothing, only closed industriel areas and a lot of boring securities rules).

    * For the question "minimal stay for Workawayers"...complicated to explain : If it fit really well between us a long stay is possible (this will be happen in a mix of countries NL, BE, FR) on the barge and/or pleasure boats. But shorter stays is also possible. Feel free to contact my for short stays, sometimes I can use a Workawayer immediately to move a boat, but this will be always last-minute.

    * Sometimes "Workers" don't show up on last moment so....feel free to contact my if available on last moment.

    ** Covid 19 : I'm full vaccinated. In Europe (NL, BE and FR) more and more freedom when you are vaccinated, life is almost back as normal.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Language practice
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Help around the house
    General Maintenance
    Help with Computers/ Internet

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    I see a lot of different places and different areas... It is a quiet special life......sometimes chaotic but not boring. Even in the middle of a city it is or you live on the country site.. I meet a lot of different people.

  • Help


    The tasks to do depends on the person but cleaning (boats), housekeeping and shopping. For good engineers/sailors there are maintenance projects, in this case no house chores to do.

  • Languages

    Languages spoken
    English: Fluent
    French: Fluent
    Dutch: Fluent

    This host offers a language exchange
    I want make my English and French better. Dutch is my mothers language.

  • Accommodation


    There is a simple separate -little- room for guests in the front of the barge which is not suite. (no sanitaire, but there is a chemical toilet and lavabo) Also a heating system, fridge/freezer and micro-wave. (the situation on the pleasure boats is a bit the same as on the barge between very good up to very basic, it depends of the boat). Note: From Mars 2021 there will be a WC and shower also in the "Worker-room" but sometimes we are on pleasure boats and you have to accept more basic conditions.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Offen there is time to visit the area. Somethimes several days off/free for visit and local travel. There is a bike on the barge. For good cooks there is a quit large budget for food and wine, in fact I like good food and meals......

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    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

    • Can host families

  • Can host digital nomads

    Can host digital nomads

    I have quite good (mobil/cellular) internet everywhere for normal use. No (long) streaming.

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?


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    Hours expected

    4 to 5 hours a days, it is like this on a barge

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