Barging in Europe (Second Edition)

by Roger Van Dyken, published by Cedarbrook Press, 2005. 192 pages, 52 photos and illustrations.

Price: $22.95 (USD)

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This new, expanded, and indexed second edition replaces the sold-out first edition. Barging in Europe is unlike any other book on the waterways of Europe. With practical hands-on guidelines on how to handle a barge on the rivers and canals of continental Europe, it includes such essentials as where to buy a barge, how to negotiate locks, "rules of the road" (including a color guide to most common waterway signals), critical safety procedures, fascinating canal history and cruising customs in various countries, plus practical preventive maintenance checklists and even Owners Notes on the operation of all equipment aboard the author's barge. Many illustrations and practical anecdotes from the author's extensive 6,000km, 20 year cruising experiences.

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About the Author

Roger Van Dyken has cruised with his family over 4,000 miles on board his own barge through France, Germany, Holland, and Belgium. He is the author of the highly acclaimed "Barging in Europe ... the Essential Handbook", which is the only English language "how to" book combining barge purchase, handling characteristics, and canal and river rules and customs. The first edition is sold out, and a new expanded Second Edition, is at the printer and available for advance orders.

Roger and his family live in the same town as John, and acquired the dream of barge cruising while a harried state legislator and businessman. Concerned that his children were growing up rapidly as all too busy strangers (due to his schedule), he declared time out and bought a barge in Europe. He and his family cruised together for 17 months. What once he considered a "once in a lifetime experience" has acquired a life of its own through his book, his frequent barge trips, skipper training courses, and this company. He loves to share his knowledge of wandering Europe's wonderful network of waterways.

Read a recent comment about Roger's  Barging in Europe Book.

Hello Roger,

I have received your book and I must say I cannot remember reading another book that contains so much useful and practical information in so small a package while being both lucid and readable.   I would say it is absolutely essential reading for everyone who sets foot on a barge, or just dreams of doing so.  I have found nothing like it in my research of this subject and as I read it the thought kept coming into my mind: "where else would I find this information, except in the hard school of experience?"  And what a lottery barging would be for the novice without such information.  Information that most people must pick up here and there by luck, chance or hopefully not too bitter experience, and then only over the course of years.  You have done bargees and would-be bargees a wonderful service by writing this book.   Thank you and congratulations.