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HomeBuy yourself a barge • Buy a barge in the Netherlands

Buy a barge in the Netherlands

See also: How to recognize a Dutch Barge?

Many people buy their (Dutch) barge in the Netherlands. I did the same. For me this wasn't too much of a problem because I speak their language. For English speaking people this can be more of a problem. Fortunately, the Dutch people are very open and will try to speak as much English as they can.

How to get to the Netherlands?

There are many ways to go to Holland, but what I recommend is to take your car with you. It makes it easy to drive around, or to go to Belgium to have a look at the boats for sale over there!

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Looking around for 'Te Koop'

When traveling in the Netherlands and looking around for barges, have a look at the sign 'Te Koop', which means 'for sale'.

For sale sign
A 'for sale' sign in Dutch

Some useful translations

Here are some useful translation of words you often see in dutch ads. For making this list, I based myself on several ads. If you have trouble understanding an ad, feel free to ask advice here!

Dutch English
Achterschip Stern
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  • Lengte
  • Breedte
  • Diepgang
  • Hoogte


  • Length
  • Width
  • Depth
  • Height
Ankerlier Anchor winch
Badkamer Bathroom
Boeg Bow
Bouwjaar Year of construction
Keuken Galley
Klinknagels Rivited
Ligplaats Mooring


  • Benzine
  • Diesel


  • Petrol
  • Diesel
Revisie Revision / overhauled
Roef Back accommodation
Romp Hull
Scheepswerf Shipyard
Stuurhut Wheelhouse
Vlakrapport bottom report (thickness measurement of the hull)


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