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Dutch Barge

Vintage iron or steel boats built in the Netherlands for carrying cargo and subsequently converted for pleasure or residential use. Modern replica Dutch barges are also available.

Advantages of the Dutch Barge

A design classic, nothing else quite has the style. Vee-bottomed boats can be cruised in coastal waters.

Disadvantages of the Dutch Barge

The shape of hull means less useable living space than a "fat narrowboat". It is generally large so can be restrictive for cruising.