Discover the dream of living on a boat at boot Düsseldorf 2018
To set up your dwelling place on water rather than on land is currently a big dream for many. Whether in an urban or a more idyllic setting, right in the city centre or closer to nature on a river or remote lake. Whether permanently or just for a certain amount of time. Accordingly, it is also a big issue at boot Düsseldorf from January 20th to 28th, 2018. Discover various concepts and ideas about "living on board" at the world's leading boat show, be inspired!
The author and sailor Detlef Jens, who is an addicted fan of living on board, provides an insider's view on current trends and developments on this topic - exclusively for boot Düsseldorf! He explains differences between various types of houseboat - from floating holiday homes to ships turned houseboats as well as classic houseboats. And he has many practical tips and advice about moorings, licenses and other issues.
The fascination of living on a boat
Something is tickling my nose. I wake up, still sleepy, I open my eyes. It is the sun that falls diagonally through the floor-to-ceiling window. Reflections from the water's surface outside are dancing on the bright ceiling directly above me. Happily I turn over again. A boat drives by, the waves gently clatter against the pontoon below the bedroom window. Gulls are screaming, but now I look out into the bright summer morning, onto the glittering blue of the Flensburg Fjord beyond the low stone pier. One, two sailors are already out there, taking advantage of a gentle morning breeze. I brew the first coffee of the day in the galley, with a full view of the harbour and the fjord. Later, we will have breakfast on the small wooden deck just above the waterline and we will consider what to do with this wonderful, new day on the sea. - This is what the dream of living on the water sounds like. Or close to it.
Here in one of the floating holiday homes in Marina Minde on the Flensburg Fjord we can enjoy living on a houseboat for an extended weekend. Once you have experienced this, it is most likely you will want to get more of it - maybe even to live on board permanently. Life on the water is inspiring and soothing at the same time, it is actually very close to land and yet feels far away at the same time. No wonder more and more people start thinking about it.