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The Watergruwel is bright and airy, with a high ceiling. She's finished to a high standard, with hardwood flooring [solid Merbau] and trim, and has a modern inbuilt kitchen.

She lies in a beautiful leafy quiet canal, with no through traffic on the water [and little on land].

Electrictiy, city gas, water, cable TV, and high speed internet are already connected [land line available]. 

You may register at this address, this is a fully legal residence.

Important; I will ask for your employment details, If you are not willing to share this information, then I can not rent my property to you.

Central heat, air conditioning* [see note at bottom of page], 30M2 balcony [not shown in this picture, it will be moored alongside**. see the photo page]

One of my tenants wrote a great blog about living on this boat;

The location is in Amsterdam Centrum on Lijnbaansgracht near Vijzelgracht, a quiet, safe, leafy neighborhood, yet only 10 minutes by foot to the nightlife areas of Leidseplein or Rembrantsplein. Vondel park and the Rijksmuseum are also close by [the tower of the Rijks museum is visible out the window of the boat].

There is a stop for the new metro at the end of the street just a few minutes walk from the boat.

This is a premium location, with lots of sunlight and a pleasant neighborhood.

There is high efficiency central heating and water cooled air-conditioning.

 This boat has 15 opening windows.

All utilities [water, gas, electric, telephone, internet, and sewer] are connected.

The water supply line is protected against freezing by a very good automatic system. I've installed 4 of these and never had one fail.

She is suitable for a single person or a couple, but will sleep 4 persons, in 2 double beds if you have company for a weekend. There is only 1 large room [3X12 meters, 10X39 feet] as well as a complete open kitchen of 3X3 meters.

There is a powerful shower [no full bath], and a conventional toilet. There's a washing machine and color TV. The boat is rented fully furnished.

Rental price without utilities is €1,400 per month. I charge 150 per month for utilities, but the tenant pays only actual costs. In 2016, the total was
€150 per month for all utilities [water, electricity, gas, internet and TV].

See  utility  costs

The tenant also has to pay some user taxes levied by the city of Amsterdam, a couple of hundred Euros per year. I have no control over these costs.

The annual liggeld [or precario] is billed in the tenant's name; I pay that, but it's the tenant's responsability to forwrd the bill to me in good time.



Phone; +316 155 13 616 [or 06 155 13 616]


The Watergruwel is a tjalk built in the Netherlands in 1888. Riveted steel, she was built as a sailing ship for freight.

I built the new cabin from 5mm steel, and completely renovated the "Watergruwel" in 1995. 

All the windows are hardwood and double glazed. The south facing ones have roll down sunshades.

The walls and roof have 75mm of rockwool insulation.

The hull, as well as the front and back decks, are original, built in 1888; one of the oldest steel vessels surviving in the city.


* I can't gaurantee the continued functionality of the air-conditioning. It's working at the moment, but the company that made it is no longer trading.

If it breaks down I'll do my best to repair it. It's only needed a few times a year.

** The balcony boat is at shipyard in Zaandam and may not be back in the water until spring 2021. But it will be back.

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