Help me build my own aluminium catamaran, close to the city of Amsterdam, Netherland

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  • Last activity: 19/01/2023



 Min stay requested: at least 2 weeks



  • Description


    --► I Dont do workaway in the cold wintertime, so please, dont ask for it! When i have a free host, i write it in my calendar!

    Ahoi Workawayer,
    I’m Marcel, a Swiss design engineer in mechanical. Since many years I’m on my way to build my own aluminium catamaran (a boat with 2 hulls) for to sail around the world. The idea is to travel independent of petrol, only with wind, electricity and gas. Also the engines work with electricity. I want to show that it is possible to travel in an ecological way without disturbing our planet.

    I found 2015 in Amsterdam a casco of a catamaran (only the hull) in a good condition, perfect for my project. The catamaran is in a shipyard in Amsterdam Nord, very close to the city of Amsterdam. I hope to start my World trip soon. Up to this milestone it’s a lot of work. And I am looking for nice workawayer to help or collaborate me and my project.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    DIY and building projects
    General Maintenance
  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    You learn, a lot about boats, sailing and living in a shipyard. You enjoy the life from dutch people. Beware you are part of a big project, the ship grows with your helping hands.

    If my project is completed, all helped workawayer are invited to sail with me for free. How long, depends on how long you have helped.

  • Help


    --► I'm looking ONLY for craftsman or handyman with crafting skils !
    --► I'm looking for workawayer with experience in using power tools on metal or wood
    --► I'm looking for workawayer from the age round 25 and older

    2022-23 = Help with aluminium, stainless steel, wood, epoxy, insulation, electric pipes (cutting, sawing, sharpening, drilling, welding, filing, cleaning, sandpapering)
    2023-25 = Help with wood, insulation, electricity (24V DC, only for pro´s), sanitary, …Workawayer will only pull all cables in the tubes, mark them. etc. the real installing will only I do, or a professional.

    Don’t worry about aluminium welding, that I do by self or a professional welder!

    It's sometime a hard work, but the most of time a filigran work, so you need the sens about details. But step by step you can see it growing. Sometimes we work together, sometimes you work on your own.

    We build windows, stairs, floors, walls, ceiling, plumbing, sits, furniture, kitchen, bathroom, mast, sailboat stuff, …

    I need helping hands with experience in this kinds of work because to work with some machines can be dangerous, when you hav'nt enove experience. Also think about this: This work is not a game, my life and the life from my crew on sea depends on your work! So your help is a worthwhile.

    We share also to cook.

  • Languages spoken

    German: Fluent
    English: Fluent
    Dutch: Beginner

  • Accommodation


    I have space only for 1 workawayer, sometime 2. A very clean and modern bathroom is close to my yacht in the shipyard. I live in my catamaran, sometime in my caravan next to. The space is quite calm and the surrounding is beautiful. It’s a place with holiday feeling.

    The city of Amsterdam is very close. You can reach it in 20 minutes by a free ferry. A bike is available for you. Enjoy the nearby “In-Places” of the shipyard with cool partys, concerts, festivals, Art, markets, cool people from around the world, ….

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Beside work you can discover life in one of the best towns of the world. You live very close to the city of Amsterdam. The city offers you a coloured picture of people, culture and nightlife.

    --► I looking for non-smokers and I DONT want drugs around or drunken peoples!
    --► I Dont do workaway in the cold wintertime, so please, dont ask for it! When i have a free host, i write it in my calendar!

  • A little more information

    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

    • Can host families

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?


  • ...

    Hours expected

    4-5 hours a day, minimum 2 weeks

Host ref number: 954438475287

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