This so called ‘Tjalk’ combines 17th century local craftsmanship with modern-day comfort. While having your breakfast in the light and airy living room it’s hard to imagine you’re in a structure built for transport. On the other hand, the shiny wooden interior will definitely not remind you of home (or any ordinary hotel room). It’s truly a wonderful mix of industrial heritage and metropolitan design. Undoubtedly, the Amsterdam wall-paper stretching from starboard to larboard, showing life size historical canal houses, is everyone’s favorite detail. If one boat could ever carry the name of our capitol, it’s definitely De Amsterdam!
Year: 1923 Type: Tjalk Size: 23×4 meters
Max. Guests: 6 Bathrooms: 1 Bedrooms: 1
One double bed (160 x 200 cm) in a separate bedroom
Two single beds (90 x 200 cm) also serving as settee in the living room
Two single beds (80 x 200 cm) also serving as lounge (connected)
A Tjalk is a historic sailing cargo barge mainly used to transport goods within the Netherlands using inland waterways. These ships, first built in the 17th century, are easy recognizable by the wooden lee boards on both sides of the vessel. They were fitted to stop the ship from drifting. The first Tjalks were constructed from wood. Later versions have been built using (cast) iron and steel. Originally the ship was powered by wind having a mast and a sail. During the Industrial Revolution Tjalks were equipped with mechanical propulsion making the sails disappear.
If you are the impressing type of traveler De La Soul is your ship without a doubt. First of all, the ship is big, spacious, airy and light. The panoramic views from the wheelhouse annex kitchen annex living room will probably never make you leave the boat. Strangely, that’s not even the highlight: De La Soul features a red velvet cinema! Obviously, this multi-media heaven comes with a huge screen, amazing sounds and comfy daybeds, but our favorite gadget, useless as it may be, are the remote controlled red curtains! Now tell us honestly, what could possibly stop you from entering this ship?
Year: 1954 Type: Cutter Size: 22×5 meters
Max. Guests: 6 Bathrooms: 1 Bedrooms: 3
One king size bed (180 x 220) in the forepeak
One double bed (140×200) in a separate bedroom
One double bed (140×200) in a separate bedroom
De La Soul was originally built as UK15 Grietje. Two brothers of the Bakker family financed the construction that has been carried out by the NDSM wharf approximately a nautical mile west from where the ship is docked today. De La Soul is a sea going kotter (cutter) designed to catch fish in the former Zuiderzee and the coastal areas of the North Sea. The letters UK refer to the famous Dutch fishing village Urk. Once an island in the former Zuiderzee, and now part of a polder called Flevoland. Still today Urk has the biggest fishing fleet of the Netherlands.
Who truly believes size doesn’t matter? The Holland VII is the biggest and toughest of our fleet. Embarking is for the brave ones, the explorers, the hero’s… Yes. We are exaggerating. This ‘Haringlogger’ has been fully renovated to offer all the comfort you need. Nevertheless, we have left quite a bit of rough industrial steel for you to get carried away. Just like us.
One double bed (140 x 200 cm) in the wheelhouse
One double bed (140 X 200 cm) in forepeak
Two additional single beds (70 x 200 cm) in the living room
Apart from its impressive length (27 meters!) the Holland VII also has quite a long history. Let’s take it from the beginning. The ship has been constructed for 6.500 euros at the Boot shipyard in Leiderdorp, a village approximately 22 nautical miles south of Amsterdam. After Christening the ship in 1911, it was docked in the close by harbor of the coastal fishing village Katwijk. From May to September yearly the Holland VII sailed the North Sea for driftnet herring fishing. In 1932 the sailing rigs were replaced by a ‘modern’, read: loud and smelly, diesel engine. The Kriegsmarine confiscated the boat during WWII and after the war it continued fishing for herring as if nothing ever happened. In 1969 the Holland VII was caught up by modernization. If it wasn’t for Mr. Ad Pas, the current proud owner, the boat would have silently disappeared as an occasional day-tripper for sports fishermen. Thankfully that didn’t happen and now the Holland VII is officially registered as ‘Floating Dutch Heritage’. But even better, Mr. Ad Pas, showing impressive patience and passion, turned his ship into a house boat. Many original details were fully renovated and reinstalled and the spacious cargo hold has been changed into a modern-day living room with an urban and vintage feel. Big hurray for Mr. Ad Pas. Not only did he create the possibility to overnight in ‘Floating Dutch Heritage’, he also made sure we can do so in great style and comfort.
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