Pronounced 'challuk'. Very popular dutch clog shape. Originally sailing boats with engines added later. Their shape makes for roomy conversions with bulbous bows and stern.
The wide beam and flat bottom which runs full width to nearly the bow and stern give a large displacing surface area.
The initial stability of these barges is phenomenal. They were very stiff under sail. Even flying full sails in a stiff breeze the angle of the boat varies only very slightly.
This large area gives the tjalk much bouyancy and it is essential to ballast thems well to avoid too much 'skating'.
They were originally fitted with leebords either side to avoid too much leeward slipage when sailing.
They were also usually very well loaded when used as cargo boats, and so skating is a phenomen found since tjalks have been converted for pleasure use.
H2O is based at Saint Jean de Losne which lies at the heart of the french waterways and canal system in southern Burgundy.
From here we manage our boat marina, or used barge and canal boat brokerage, our chandlery shop, and our workshops.
We have been in the boating business for 28 years now and we like to think that we can help you to get everything done concerning your canal boat.
We undertake the sale or purchase of boats and barges, the mooring,the paperwork and registration, the insurance, and any job be it from an oil change to a complete barge conversion.
Our fully stocked chandlery will provide you with the materials that you need. We are a basic staff of around 20 plus all of our sub contractors.
The management team consists of four owners of Charles Gérard, Phillippe Gérard, Max Gérard and Nathalie Caron.
We are at your service to make your boating as easy and comfortable as you would like it.
Barging is one of the world's best kept secrets.
To buy a barge and cruise the waterways is a very affordable and manageable alternative way of seeing Europe without being stuck in one place.
Security is absolutely not an issue except in the major towns where you should lock things up as a normal procedure.
The local people are friendly and polite. There is also a real fraternity amongst barge owners. If you are trying to dock your barge, other boatowners will rush to help rather than just watch.
To find out more about our services or to get information on buying a barge or a cruiser please contact us by email firstname.lastname@example.org
and we will send you information or answer your specific questions.
If you would like to try renting a boat in France, Holland, Ireland or Germany please try our barginginfrance web site where you can book directly your trial cruise.