various floating stuff

You see a lot of these kinds of rafts in Amsterdam, but usually they’re attached to a houseboat of sorts. To find one in the wild is exceptional. You have to wonder: who, with all the rainy weather, is going to lounge on this one?
where: Haarlemmervaart @ Westergasfabriek


The best part is: this floating shack has an actual ‘tax paid’ sticker, so somebody is serious about this thing.

Where: Jacob van Lennepkade

Now what is a Sea Bike doing in the Admiralengracht. And who is this guy kidding? Don’t think this baby is very seaworthy.

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

This is what your typical Amsterdam bike looks like after spending some time in our great canals.

where: Herengracht @ Vijzelstraat

You see the weirdest stuff flying over the canals in Amsterdam

The artwork is by Spencer Tunick. He made this for Dream Amsterdam.

 where:  Leliegracht

The preparations of the Prinsengrachtconcert are in full swing.

The note says that the owner has to move his bootje before saturday. There were dozens of these notes hanging from bootjes here. If your bootje is near the concert site, better get there in time, or you’re gonna be in trouble.

If you ever have the chance to see Michel van Erp’s hilarious Pretpark Nederland, don’t miss it. There’s some great scenes in there in which some bourgeois Amsterdam bootje-owners are getting into nasty fights about who gets the best spot.

where: Prinsengracht @ Raadhuisstraat

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