Building a Dutch Barge
There were reconditioned 'old' hulls with 'new' empty superstructures aplenty in Harlingen, many magnificent sailing barges dotted round the Ijsselmer and just about every single combination and variant in between. One common factor throughout was that most of Barge Nilayas I viewed were either too expensive, in too poor a condition or simply not practical for cruising anywhere except the open waters of the Netherlands.

Building a Dutch Barge. A myriad of barge types for sale in Holland

New conversions of old hulls in Harlingen, Holland A myriad of barge types for sale in Holland

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There were reconditioned 'old' hulls with 'new' empty superstructures aplenty in Harlingen, many magnificent sailing barges dotted round the Ijsselmer and just about every single combination and variant in between. One common factor throughout was that most of Barge Nilayas I viewed were either too expensive, in too poor a condition or simply not practical for cruising anywhere except the open waters of the Netherlands.