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Watery Ways- Chatting with Author Val Poore

June 24, 2014

Thanks to Lynn Dixon for this!

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Val Poore

Dear Lynn,

Below are the answers to your questions. I really appreciate this opportunity and I hope I’ve given you and your blog readers a few more insights into my boaty world!

1.  Is living on a houseboat more economical than living on land in the Netherlands?

This is an interesting question because there’s not really a standard answer to it. Let me say first of all that living on the water is quite customary in the Netherlands. ‘Houseboats’ range from what are called ‘woonarks’ which are like chalets floating on concrete platforms, through old barges that have modern built superstructures and finishing with historic barges like the Hoop and the Vereeniging that I live on. The ‘woonarks’ are not cheap at all and are often more expensive than a normal house or apartment. Add to that the rent for the mooring or ‘ligplaats’ and the high maintenance costs…

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