We received this letter from Paul:

Hi there,

I have been in A’dam for a year now and am just about ready to pick up a canal boat. I hear there are auctions put on by the city of Amsterdam to sell off the sunken boats that have been retrieved from the bottom of the canal? I was wondering if this were true, and if so, would you please direct me to where I can get more info about such an auction?

Thanks so much,


The City of Amsterdam is cracking down on people who don’t pay their bootje-taxes (binnenhavengeld). If they spot your bootje without the compulsory sticker, they will tow your boat away and it will end up right here. Supposedly you can pick up great bargains at these auctions, I am curious to know if that is indeed the case.

You can find out more about towed bootjes here