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Tips when buying a houseboat

Tips when buying a houseboat

Tips when buying a houseboat The Dream of Living on the Water Living on a houseboat offers a unique lifestyle, whether you choose the tranquility of the water or the dynamics of the city. But before you dive into this adventure, it is important to consider several aspects. Different Types of Floating Homes There are various types of floating homes: Houseboats : Traditionally these were converted ships that were adapted for habitation. They often retain their characteristic ship appearance and can sometimes still sail. Houseboats : These resemble houseboats but are often larger and more luxurious. They are intended for permanent residence and are usually no longer seaworthy. Houseboats : These are floating houses without their own propulsion, built on a floating pontoon made of concrete or steel. They are usually spacious and modern, with all the comforts of a traditional home. Schark : A mostly metal ship, often a disused inland vessel or barge, on which a wooden, stone or plastic supe

Customized Luxury Houseboat: an Odyssey of Art, Architecture and Innovation

Customized Luxury Houseboat: an Odyssey of Art, Architecture and Innovation

Navigating Luxury on Water: An Odyssey of Art, Architecture, and Innovation A Vision Blossoming on Water In a world burgeoning with terrestrial architectural marvels, the venture of Luxus Na Vodě elegantly sails into the realm of aquatic living. Nestled in the serene embrace of nature, these houseboats are a testament to a dream that burgeoned in the heart of Martin Šturma, who longed for a secluded yet luxurious getaway with his wife. This unique project transcends conventional living, offering a blend of freedom, technological perfection, and self-sufficient houseboats that echo with the whispers of luxury and uncharted creativity. Architectural Excellence Meets Individuality At the heart of this venture lies a collaboration of esteemed minds. Architect Anna Šlapetová, a name synonymous with innovative design and architectural brilliance, lends her expertise to tailor a houseboat that resonates with the personality of its owner. Her architectural journey, enriched by an odyssey from

HolidayHack: make choosing accommodation together easy

HolidayHack: make choosing accommodation together easy

Introducing HolidayHack: Your Ultimate Way to Choose your Holiday Accommodation! When it comes to planning group holidays, we all know the drill. Endless chats and emails, sharing links to various accommodations, and trying to consolidate everyone's preferences can be a daunting task. But what if I told you that there's a new web app on the block that promises to make this process not only streamlined but also fun? Enter HolidayHack! What is HolidayHack? HolidayHack is an innovative web application designed to make the process of choosing holiday accommodation for groups a breeze. Gone are the days of lost emails and confusing chat threads. With HolidayHack, all your options are neatly organized in one place, making decision-making efficient and democratic. Try HolidayHack.com How Does It Work? The process is as simple as 1, 2, 3! Create Your List: Start by creating a list. This will be the place where all the magic happens. Add Listings: Once your list is created, you can begin

The 2023 bed and breakfast guide for your stay in Amsterdam

The 2023 bed and breakfast guide for your stay in Amsterdam

Bed and Breakfast Guide and History Amsterdam Let's start with the basics. What is a bed and breakfast? A bed and breakfast is a small, intimate accommodation that offers overnight stays and sometimes breakfast, but no other meals to its guests. The B&B is most often in the same house or apartment as where the people who run it live.   Now let's go back in time: "What is the origin of the bed and breakfast"? The concept of a bed and breakfast, often abbreviated as B&B, has been around for centuries. Originating from the early European custom of opening one's house to travelers, B&Bs have evolved over time but have always held at their core the notion of hospitality.   Medieval Europe and Monastic Lodgings Historically, monasteries and inns throughout Europe would offer lodging to travelers on religious pilgrimages during the medieval period. These establishments provided a bed for the night along with a meal in the morning before the travelers continued on their journey, very similar t

How can houseboats be environmentally friendly?

How can houseboats be environmentally friendly?

People have different ways of incorporating more environmentally friendly options in their ways of living. From actions as simple as recycling and composting, to choosing to make the switch to plant-based diets. Such diets can be made up of a flexible menu consisting of sustainable ingredients sourced with a smaller carbon footprint. Choosing to live a zero-waste lifestyle, which involves striving to use as few single-use products as possible and reducing the amount of waste one produces and throws away, is another way of incorporating an environmentally friendly lifestyle. Others may choose to make the shift to more renewable sources of energy through using solar panels or wind turbines, while others may choose to build or move to a more environmentally friendly living space. Some examples of more eco-friendly living options are prefabricated homes, zero-carbon homes that leave no carbon emissions, or earth-sheltered homes that are built into the side of a hill. Another eco-friendly l

B&Bs on houseboats available for Corona helpers / volunteers

B&Bs on houseboats available for Corona helpers / volunteers

First of all, we hope that you are doing well in these confusing times. The corona crisis hits the holiday rental market very hard, resulting in many vacant B&B's. At the same time, we expect a big increase in the number of professionals committed to coping with this crisis in many cities in the near future. Think of employees in healthcare, but also logistics managers and civil servants. Not all these professionals can go home every day, for example because they live (far) outside of the city. As Bookahouseboat.com we see an opportunity to give something back. Our plan is to not leave these B&B's unused, but to make them available to those who need it most. The condition for you as owner is that the B&B has a separate entrance so that physical contact, and therefore the chance of contamination, is as small as possible. The starting point is that the accommodation is offered at cost price (cleaning costs). If the professional's employer has a budget for subsistence allowance, you can d

The Amsterdam light festival - Hand in hand with our houseboat rentals

The Amsterdam light festival - Hand in hand with our houseboat rentals

AMSTERDAM LIGHT FESTIVAL   When you think of Amsterdam, colorful tulips, people sitting along the sunny canals, bikers everywhere, are just some thing that can come to mind. But Amsterdam has so much more to offer than these stereo types. When you hear 'Amsterdam and festivals', you'll probably think of the hundreds of food and music festivals the city hosts every year. This festival is different, the Amsterdam Light Festival is doesn't have any music or DJs nor does it offer food. It does host about 25 incredible works of art that light the city's canals in the evening and night. During the months December and January, the cozy Dutch wintertime, The Light Festival is something unique you should visit. This year at its 8th edition, new artists and amazing installations are now waiting for you to visit!       General info   Didn't yet have time to plan when to visit Amsterdam? Why not this winter?! You are still on time to enjoy the Light Festival as it starts on November 28, 2019 and

Woodstock love, peace and happiness on an Amsterdam houseboat

Woodstock love, peace and happiness on an Amsterdam houseboat

Woodstock couple falls in love with the houseboat life  In the summer of 1969 Bobbi and Nick Ercoline were, unknowingly, photographed during the legendary Woodstock festival. This picture became the cover of the iconic album Woodstock: 'Music from the Original Soundtrack and More'. Now, in the winter of 2019 the couple are the guests of honor of ‘Woodstock The Story – 50th Anniversary Tour’. During their stay in Amsterdam, they lived the most bohemian, hippie-esque life possible: on a houseboat. And they fell in love, head over heels, again.   Text and photo's: Juul Steyn    Bobbi and Nick Ercoline fell in love all over again both with each other and the hippie lifestyle on a houseboat (photo: Juul Steyn / Bookahouseboat.com)   A trip down memory lane What a contrary this trip to Amsterdam was compared with their visit to the festival of peace, love and great music 50 years ago. Time for a trip down memory lane. Back then they had not even planned on going, but there was some magic bu

5 Reasons why you should rent a houseboat in Amsterdam

5 Reasons why you should rent a houseboat in Amsterdam

Why you should rent a houseboat in Amsterdam Let’s be honest; we all try to do something different when we travel but mostly, we wind up doing the same thing. It’s true, walking tours and hotel chains always seem to feature on a city break but when do we really venture out to try something new?   Now: that’s not to say there is anything wrong with either of the above but there’s only so many times you can do the same thing and expect a different outcome. In other words, travel is supposed to be about new experiences and booking a houseboat in Amsterdam is surely a lot more exciting than another night at the Best Western or any other hotel in the city. In this interview we ask Robert, award winning host of a floating B&B in Amsterdam, why houseboat holidays are so appealing. And we take a quick look at what makes Amsterdam so special.   Amsterdam houseboat rentals   Reason #1: Get a new perspective on Amsterdam “Amsterdam is quite a contrast to most cities in Europe. As you know, bicycl

Hip and eco friendly houseboat design

Hip and eco friendly houseboat design

Eco friendly houseboat based on container Acquiring good low-cost housing is often quite an endeavor for young people who are looking to buy their dream house. Which preferably is environmental friendly as well. McMurdo – an eco-designer – proved it is possible: he turned a 40ft shipping container into a floating home. By Linh Vo   Mc Murdo finished his degree in product design and visualization at Bournemouth University. He worked as car designer for some time in Cologne, Germany, but soon found out German culture is way ahead of Britain in terms of recycling. So back to the UK, chasing his dream – he designed an astonishing eco friendly houseboat along the way. ‘No need for mud and hemp’ Back in his motherland he founded the company Reestore. This is when he explored his designing and manufacturing ideas from waste destined for landfill. Designing environmentally friendly is not easy, especially if you want to make it look good. But McMurdo has upgraded this way of designing to the n

EAT, SLEEP, FISH, REPEAT

EAT, SLEEP, FISH, REPEAT

Le Koroc: the ultimate fisherman’s houseboat   By Linh Vo   If you’re a fisherman, you probably recognize the feeling of just not wanting to get off the water when time tells you to end your fishing trip. Well, from now on you don’t have to anymore. Owners of a ‘Le Koroc’ houseboat can stay on the water 24/7 and still enjoy a home cooked meal and a good night rest. Want to move to a new fishing water? Just hook your floating fishing home up to a medium sized trailer and off you go!   The ultimate fishing houseboat enables you to fish, sleep, cook, wash and cruise the waters. Pretty much the fisherman's wet dream. (photo: Daigno.ca) 'Le Koroc' is built by Daigno, a company located in Quebec, Canada. Recently, the company successfully launched this ultimate fishing houseboat. According to the company this driving houseboat is best described as “a unique and refined craft for nature lovers and fishing aficionados.” For those anglers who can’t stop exploring the rest of the world, this dr

The amphibious houseboat project

The amphibious houseboat project

The ultimate car for houseboat owners Amphibious vehicles – great stuff. To buy one however you pretty much need a military budget, and building one will cost an obscene amount of money as well. But now Theon Parseghian has changed the game. He transformed a Volvo station wagon into a houseboat to conquer both land and water.    Article by Linh Vo Down the line an amphibious vehicle is the ultimate type of transport for houseboat owners. Picture yourself driving away from your floating home in your 'boat', then climbing the ramp and hitting the road, off for a pick-nick in the park. Unfortunately there is a good reason why you don’t see this scene too often: it requires a huge investment, even if you would build one yourself. Not only financially, but also in terms of time and energy. Like for finding the right materials, building and testing.   Theon Parseghian, originally a car mechanic from New York, proved this to be wrong however. His job enables him to work with lots of different

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