Make Hope Float – Join the Boat & Breakfast Kickstarter Crew!

Operation, charge this barge!

When I was young, I learned that my aunt and uncle cashed in their retirement early to buy a Dutch barge and call the canals of Europe their home for two years until they sold it to move back to the U.S. It seemed more like a fairytale, something unattainable. Ever since, the idea stuck with me. Now in my 30s, the thought continues to surface – imploring me to act, so I decided to start looking at Dutch barges for sale to get a sense of the pricing and logistics. First, it was internet window shopping for some time and drooling over houseboats on Airbnb. I continued going about my business.

Then one day over Thanksgiving weekend November 2017, I came across the dream boat. The recently refurbished 1929 has four cabins (sleeps 8), three bathrooms, spacious lounge area with a full bar, large sun deck space for entertaining, and a Jacuzzi. The boat measures 125 ft x 17 ft. My idea has been to own a Dutch barge, so I could host small groups to have a “Bikes & Barges” experience through the French countryside and guests can enjoy the local wineries. I found the perfect marina in Strasbourg, France to do just that. I have 35 days to make this Kickstarter float – oh yes, all the boat puns coming your way!

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