Découvrez la vie sur une péniche, principalement



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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.

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    Plans for 2021 / 2022 :

    Well arrived and actually mooring up in Veurne (between Brugge & Dunkerque) on the Belgium coast we skippers call "the coast-canal"...completely touristic today.. I do "the Belgian life" actually... ;-)

    I buy an old barge (24 x 4,20 M), sort passenger-ship. A complicated story, we have first to installe an old beautiful Gardner-engine and prepare the barge. I navigate my own barge from Holland to Veurne to be able to do the works on the little barge, have electricity, water and confortable living space. Maybe we have the barge to tug to the Netherlands... (December '21).

    The little barge and own-barge navigate back to the Netherlands to do the reparations and make it ready (installed engine better, installed a heating system and other reparations). This will goes happen in town Geertruidenberg (Breda NL). Maybe I put my own barge in the centrum of Rotterdam on his official mooring place. (december '21 - Januari '22).

    Intention is to bring this barge from Netherlands to French on river Seine near Paris. ( feb '22 (??).

    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 - in this way I get back the great and cool skippers life of the '80 this means : Time to visit, meet nice people and profit of life on the places where I be. (Notice: in modern inland shipping there is no time for this all, for this I,m in the "boat-trade" now... :-)

    * 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 d'aide et opportunités d'apprendre

    Types d'aide et opportunités d'apprendre

    Pratique d’une langue
    Bricolage et projets de construction
    Cuisine/repas pour la famille
    Aide à la maison
    Entretien général
    Aide informatique / avec Internet

  • Echange culturel et opportunités d'apprendre

    Echange culturel et opportunités d'apprendre

    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.

  • Aide


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

  • Langues

    Langues parlées
    Anglais: Courant
    Français: Courant
    Hollandais: Courant

    Cet hôte propose un échange linguistique
    I want make my English and French better. Dutch is my mothers language.

  • Hébergement


    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 is a WC and shower also in the "Worker-room" but sometimes we are on pleasure boats and you have to accept more basic conditions.

  • Autres infos...

    Autres infos...

    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......

  • Informations complémentaires

    Informations complémentaires

    • Accès Internet

    • Accès Internet limité

      Accès Internet limité

    • Nous avons des animaux

    • Nous sommes fumeurs

    • Familles bienvenues

  • Possibilité d’accueillir les digital nomads

    Possibilité d’accueillir les digital nomads

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

  • Combien de volontaires pouvez-vous accueillir ?

    Combien de volontaires pouvez-vous accueillir ?


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    Nombre d'heures attendues

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

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