Join us on our travels around Europe aboard our Dutch Tjalk Francoise

  • Jill Budd

    After 6 years aboard our Narrowboat Matilda Rose in the UK, we took the plunge and shipped her across to Europe. After 2 years in Europe we knew we didn't want to return to the UK so took the plunge and purchased a 1902 20 mtr Dutch Tjalk called Francoise and are now continuing our travels of the waterways of Europe in a buxom wench

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Archive for December 3rd, 2015

Change of Address!

Posted by contentedsouls on 03/12/2015

We have had a great deal of difficulty in keeping this news a secret from you but, sadly, it has been necessary. As I type this on Thursday evening we are frantically packing. All being well, the crew of Matilda Rose are jumping ship to MV “Francoise” on Friday morning.


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Meet Francoise. Francoise is 19.80mtrs X 4.07mtrs. She is a converted 1902 Dutch Tjalk (pronounced Challuk).

It was becoming very obvious that we had no thoughts of returning to the UK, so several months ago we embarked on the mission of finding our next home, in those months we had trawled the internet(pun intended) without finding the three things that were on our must have list.

Then we found Francoise. In no particular order, No1 on the list was that she must have outside space which allowed us to walk out of the wheelhouse onto the rear deck, where we could entertain and dine alfresco.

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rear deck


No2 was that she must have an island bed,

island bed

No3 was that she had to have a Galley that was an integral part of the saloon, and included in that she had to have a descent amount of working surface and storage.

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and here is the rest.

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Line drawing

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