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I'm an absolute beginner about boats, but let's say I want to buy a boat to use in the canals of my city (Amsterdam), but also for "long" trips, to other cities, coasts. Trips that require days to reach the destination, so I need it to be covered for nights.

What kind of boat could I buy (I'm talking about cheap boats, possibly priced few thousand of euros?

I'm interested in knowing what type of boat I do need and how big, how many feet/meters...

thanks

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You are just to late for the Hiswa, which ended yesterday: hiswarai.nl/Pages/default.aspx. That would be the best venue to get an answer for your question –  Andra Mar 11 '13 at 12:08
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Keep in mind that if you want to handle your boat by yourself without a license there are some limitations to the length and power of the boat (in The Netherlands). If the boat is under 15m long and can not reach speeds above 20km/h you don't need a license (link in Dutch). –  Bart Arondson Mar 11 '13 at 13:17
    
@BartArondson: how does it 20km/h limit apply to sailboats? I theory you could have catamaran shorter than 15m, which could sail >20km/h. –  vartec Mar 11 '13 at 13:25
    
I think this would be better on Great Outdoors, where boating is on topic. –  DJClayworth Mar 11 '13 at 13:41
    
@vartec I don't know, the link specifically mentions a boat + engine. The Dutch wikipedia on the ICC (boat license) states that kids under the age of 12 can sail a boat shorter than 7m without a license. –  Bart Arondson Mar 11 '13 at 14:04

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That question can lead to a very complex answer because there is no simple answer.

I am going to keep it short, but notice that you probably can't do all kind of trips in a boat like this.

You will be needing a boat with a cabin, to be able to sleep, have a toilet and a micro kitchen.

This is probably the smallest and cheapest for your goal.

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