First time on a houseboat

First time on a houseboat

A houseboat holiday is suitable for everyone. See for yourself!

You've never driven a boat?

Never mind! You don't have to worry. You don't need any license or previous experience to drive any of our houseboats. Before you pick up your boat, you will be prepared for your cruise by an experienced team at the marina who will explain and demonstrate everything thoroughly. Of course, you will learn the technique of mooring to shore and how to safely navigate through the locks. You will become a trained skipper in no time. Operating a boat is commonly compared to driving a car, only with a houseboat it's even a little easier and more comfortable. River boats are also very stable on the water, so you don't have to worry about seasickness.

If you have any questions about a boat holiday, you can contact us at any time. We are here for you. And not only when we help you to choose the right area and houseboat.

How to choose a houseboat?

We strive to satisfy every customer who desires a boat holiday. For this reason you will find a wide range of houseboats in our offer. The most demanding among you and those who are looking for a compromise between comfort and price.

How to find your way around our range of boats? We have divided all our houseboats into several categories to make your choice easier. You can filter the boats by:

  • size
  • comfort class
  • destination
  • companies

The size of the houseboat is a key parameter. The smallest boats we offer are suitable for two people. However, we can easily provide you with a boat that can comfortably accommodate up to twelve people. So planning a trip with your family or a group of friends won't be difficult. Before ordering a particular houseboat, however, make sure that the interior and exterior layout of the boat, especially the beds, are suitable for you. You should also be interested in the possibility of dual steering (inside and from the upper deck), which will increase your comfort on the boat.

The boats of all comfort categories that we offer are stylishly and efficiently equipped. The interiors of the boats are bright and airy to make you feel comfortable inside. On board you will find everything you are used to from home — a fully equipped kitchen including dishes, gas stove and fridge, running hot and cold water, a lounge with dining table, bathroom with shower and toilet. The most luxurious boats boast superior amenities in the form of a TV, DVD or air conditioning. Also on board are all the tools you need to make your cruise carefree and to be a goodfrom navigational charts to mooring accessories to life jackets.

How to sail through the locks?

Locks are an integral part of your cruise. You don't have to be afraid of them, they are easy to navigate. You'll find that once you've passed your first lock, you'll find yourself laughing at your own nervousness.

Locks are usually divided into two categories – automatic and manually operated. Always navigate through the chambers slowly and with the utmost caution. Don't be afraid to involve all crew members. If the lock is already full or closed, be patient until your turn comes. The locks are free to pass through, only in the Netherlands will you pay a nominal fee at the bridges. Always have this ready. It is important to respect the safety rules, so never jump on or off the boat at the lock. Check carefully that your ropes are not tied tightly so that the boat can sink smoothly with the water in the lock. Always climb the ladder in the lock with the utmost care.

Remember that manned locks are closed on public holidays. We recommend that you prepare an alternative programme for these days. How about exploring the surrounding towns or villages by bike?

Don't let the locks stress you out. Remember that locks are primarily places where you can meet other skippers, exchange information and experiences, and sometimes even have fun. At selected locks you can also find small shops or museums.

What to bring?

The boats we offer are fully equipped, so you will find everything you need to live on board. Despite this, we've put together a list of personal items that will make your holiday more enjoyable, and you should take them with you.

  • Binoculars.
  • Flashlight or headlamp.
  • Comfortable shoes with rubber soles that don't make smudges.
  • Gloves (leather or gardening) – for handling ropes.
  • All-weather clothing.
  • Sunglasses, sunglasses, sunscreen and headgear.
  • Cosmetics, medicines, toilet paper.
  • Kitchen and cleaning products.
  • Food, drinks.

Pack everything in soft bags or backpacks that can be folded. Traditional suitcases might get in the way on board.

Read more in the separate article What to take on a houseboat.

Now all you have to do is pick the right houseboat. I'd be happy to help you. Let me know.