We: Jan, Jolanda and Tanja manage an allround recreational family business on a central spot in the touristic Giethoorn.
Our parents started in 1985 in Giethoorn with De Babbelaar. In 1992 't Zwaantje was bought and in 2006 Gieters Huus.
Of course we all live in the beautiful village Giethoorn.

We started in 1985 with 4 boats, nowadays the fleet exists of over 40 electrified boats, 5 canaltouring boats. We bare always in mind the accessibility for everyone and taking care of the environment. Since 1992 all rental boats are electrified, also the big tourboats are driven with an electrical motor and have built in lift's. The roof of the shed and the restaurant are covered with solar panels.

We are always looking for new solutions, the newest boats for selfdriving for wheelchairbound persons are at own design. If you are interested in a boat like this, you could contact us.

Appearance in different tv shows

Dutch television Hart in Aktie

Not only local television crews, also journalists from UK etc

In 2010 Jan was followed by Japanese tv for a documentary about living and working in and on the water.


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    You can find Jan at the boatrental, as skipper on the tourboat, but he often give a helping hand to the employees in the restaurant and kitchen. In the winterperiod handyman.

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    Tanja is hostess of the restaurant, attends to the intern's and is in daily charge of all the staff of the restaurant.

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    Jolanda takes care of all office proceedings regarding firm, client bookings and staff. Is often to be found at the boatrental and gives a helping hand in both restaurants.

  • The eldest grandchild is nowadays working in the family firm.
    Further in the team regular and parttime employees of all ages At the moment the youngest is 15 and the oldest 65.