Living in the city, with the freedom of a ship.

Live onboard!

UrbanShips are custom build houseboats with a tough and elegant character.
UrbanShips are constructed to the highest standard, require little maintenance and are available in various sizes. UrbanShips are unique designs where living, working and leisure are combined in a total concept of space, comfort and efficiency.







We strive for an optimal balance between functionality and spatial qualities as light, acoustics and climate. Our houseboats are built with a clear layout within ships’ ratios:

Topdeck: There is a front deck, wheelhouse, the main deckhouse with terrace and the aft sundeck with crane (hoist) for a tender.

Below decks: is an apartment with its own entrance with toilet, entrance deck, a technical room, stairwell front and amidships, bedrooms with bathrooms, toilets, walk-in closets, laundry room, storage room, deckhouse with terrace and folding bathing platform.

Comfort covers many aspects of the way our houseboats are designed.
Besides the quality of the indoor environment and the efficient control of it, comfort has much to do with how the interior is being perceived. Factors such as the use of materials, daylight and the routing and controlling of sound form a major role in designing the interior spaces in relation to the total design.

Our aim is to be environmentally conscious.
The houseboats are developed efficiently by using modern computer techniques without any material loss and we create a very efficient building process. With this a maximum lifetime is guaranteed.

The houseboats are entirely made up of coated high grade steel ranging from a material thickness of 5 to 10 mm.
The hull is painted with a high-tech 2 component paint system with a guarantee of at least 10 years.

The hull and superstructure, as far as adjacent to the outdoor air, are well insulated with spray polyurethane, which allows for a 100% seamless insulation layer with the plating.
The windows and portholes are made of aluminum and require no maintenance. The isolated frames in the building are equipped with glass HR ++, the portholes are equipped with tempered glass. The isolated indoor floors are made of concrete and whole under-floor heating in combination with convection heating. The rooms can be adjusted independently of each other which makes a very efficient use and great comfort.

In addition, our ships are developed on the optimal use of renewable energy. There is spatial and technical shall be taken into account for the use under other sunlight through solar panels and solar collectors.
In addition there may be heat from the air by means of a air-heat pump. Also a pallet Cv stove.
A large accumulator allows for the storage of the generated heat that both for tap water and for heating. Also the laundry and dishwasher are fed by the solar collector to warm up water.
With this combination of sustainable elements the ship can be very efficiently heated and create a reduction in CO2 emissions and heating costs.

UrbanShips builds houseboats with a tough and elegant character. UrbanShips ships are of the highest quality and require little maintenance. To be delivered sailing and not sailing in various dimensions. UrbanShips are unique designs where living, working and leisure bundled in a total concept of space, comfort and efficiency.

It is a close cooperation between our team and the Builder where efficiency, solution orientation and flexibility go hand in hand.
This gives us all the specialties under one roof. We work closely with specialist suppliers for fulfilling our 'one stop shop' projects. Flexibility, good consultation and a tight project management are key words for the success.

From our passion for water and our skills as an interior architects, we became proficient in developing houseboats.

Working with 3D designers and ships building engineers, we developed a total concept with 4 models, whether sailing or not sailing.
Our ambition is to combine contemporary living with all the qualities of free life onboard a ship. Space, comfort and durability are of paramount importance.

In the May 2017 we launched the first ship, the UrbanShips 40 for a location in the Eastern Docklands area in Amsterdam.

If you are interested, please mail us.

Gijs Haverkate

Jeroen Gaijkema

Robert Boekestijn