Do you get seasick on a houseboat?

Motion sickness on a houseboat: myth or not?

As houseboat enthusiasts we get quite a lot of questions about motion sickness. Today we received another message from Anna, who is thinking about renting a houseboat in Amsterdam. “But I’m quite worried that my mother and sister would get seasick if the boat is moving”, she says. “They tend to get sick in the back seats of a car, not to mention if we take a ferry or a fishing trip on the sea. So please advice about the chances of getting seasick on a houseboat.”


No movement, no sea sickness

Well Anna, the main question to be answered is: will the boat you’re interested in move or not. Without movement, no sea sickness. That means that pretty much all houseboats in Amsterdam are safe for you because all these boats are fixed to the shore and will hardly move or not move at all, even with severe winds. Please bear in mind that most houseboats are very heavy and therefore they won’t be affected by waves too much. And passing boats are held to a strict speed limit of 6 to 7,5 km/hour, also to avoid waves. Long story short: chances of getting seasick on a houseboat in Amsterdam are pretty much zero. Even houseboats on the more open water like De Dageraad are safe to stay on.

 

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The rest of the world

What about other houseboats around the world? Again: you would need quite a lot of movement to get sea sick. We can imagine that a driving boat on one of the great lakes could rock pretty serious in open water. But a good captain would always make sure to be in a sheltered place before the wind gets too bad. So over all you should do fine when it comes to getting sea sick on a houseboat. Sitting on the back seat of a car is probably worse.