Houseboat @ Chalons en Champagne for sale

Situations change - Love draws me to South America.
For this reason, I offer my houseboat NOVEX PENICHE for sale.

Visually and technically, everything is state-of-the-art.
Freshly renovated and fully furnished, this wonderful Peniche is immediately ready for your life's dream! Living "offshore" with the comfort and space of a luxury house.

All paperwork and contracts available. 
No boat licence required!

Novex Houseboat is for sale!

Life on the water

Welcome aboard the Peniche NOVEX in the picturesque Champagne region!
Fall in love with the slow pace of life on the water as you gaze out of the portholes onto the river in the morning on this antique cargo ship from 1949.  The Peniche NOVEX is more than just a houseboat - it is a dream of a lifetime on the water, a refuge for romantics and adventurers.

History and charm: this lovingly restored houseboat tells stories of times gone by. The wooden floorboards of the Timonerie creak under your feet as you admire the antique details. Here, nostalgia blends with modern comfort.

Romantic evenings: Imagine sitting on the deck with a glass of champagne, watching the stars twinkle above you.

Then enjoy a sauna session in the wellness area. The Peniche NOVEX offers the perfect setting for unforgettable moments.

Unique location: Perfect anchorage in Châlons en Champagne - a town steeped in history and culture. Stroll through the narrow streets, visit the cathedral and enjoy the French way of life.The mooring is only a 5-minute walk from the pedestrian zone - yet quiet and surrounded by green nature.

Captain's Lounge: The cozy Captain's Apartment on board invites you to relax. Here you can leave everyday life behind you with a good book or a glass of wine. This apartment is available for Airbnb rentals.

Earn over €100 per night without much effort. Guests have their own entrance, separate living unit and private terrace - no intrusion on your privacy.

The Peniche NOVEX awaits you
A unique living dream on the water! 
Live and work on board in romantic surroundings...? 


The ship is an original PENICHE, built in Belgium in 1949. Steel hull 39x5m
Motorized and ready for navigation.
Very good condition.
Documentation and all papers present. New mooring contract (COT) for 5 years with VnF.  (COT = Contrat d'occupation temporaire du domaine public)

Three terraces (bow xx sqm, middle xx sqm, stern 20sqm). One trunk approx. 10sqm. Walkable railing all around.
Two jetty accesses.
Timonerie cab foldable, two entrances.

Master living area:
Approx. 120sqm living space
Pellet stove 20kw central heating
Underfloor heating 5 heating circuits
3 showers / baths, 2 WC
Hot water:
1x boiler 50L water for Sauna
1x boiler 50L water Captains Apartment
1x heat pump 200L water

2-fold insulation 15cm + spray insulation
10x insulating glass windows living area with electric shutters. Portholes.
Living area timber frame construction.
No problem with moisture,
No cold bridges etc.
5KW solar system incl. grid feed.

Fresh water, waste water and electricity connection.
You live as comfortably as on land!
Internet 4/5G

Engine compartment:
2000 liter diesel tanks (50% full)
Modern 12 liter 6 cylinder Renault turbo diesel 200hp. Runs perfectly.

Ship is ready to live and travel.
Comes with all furniture / Deko, full Kitchen, etc.

Room layout:

From front to rear...

1. anchor room with chains and storage space.
2. sauna / wellness area with shower
3. studio workshop (guest room possible) with super daylight (underfloor heating)
4. bedroom with large shower, washbasin and built-in wardrobe. Three romantic porthole windows.
(underfloor heating)

5. toilet with washbasin.
Area for washing machine, 200 liter water heater heat exchanger.
(underfloor heating)

Large basement area under the living room (15x5m!) Easy access to all technic.

6. 15x4,50m living room with open kitchen
    12 windows - very bright. Isolated glass. Electric Sunshades. (underfloor heating)
All-round view of nature, river and terrace.

7. office / office / hobby room / Guest room

Adjacent to this is the
Captains Apartment.
Ca. 25 sqm. Two floors.
Separated by a door, it offers privacy for your guests.
The wheelhouse "Timonerie" made of tropical wood, original instruments and steering wheel has a wonderful all-round view. Isolated windows.
Various seating areas. Two doors to the terrace
Private jetty.
Downstairs are two romantic cabins for your guests.
Sleeping space fro three persons. (double bed, single bed)

AC air conditioning with heating. Shower, washbasin, WC. Completely renovated in 2023. 
Perfect AIRBNB source of income.

20 sqm rear terrace with railing, lighting and garden furniture.


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Don't worry about the maintenance costs:

  • New 5-year contract with VnF 
  • Beautiful mooring in Chalons en Champagne. 

      Approx. 3300€ per year. Mooring fee.

  • Insurance 1300€ per year.
  • Electricity, water and sewage connection like a house. All costs payable monthly.

No further taxes or fees. No French residence tax. No property tax.

It is very easy to generate these costs plus a surplus through Airbnb rentals.
Take a look here:
I will be happy to show you accounting data!

The sale does not require a notary.
No entry in the land register.
Private sale - comparable to buying a car.
No further costs.

Move in and live there immediately!

I'm emigrating to South America and starting new projects there.

The boat was a lifelong dream that I realized.  I haven't regretted it for a second and selling it is very difficult for me.
Please contact me for a viewing appointment.
0049 172 81 66 564 Whatsapp
I speak German and English.
Other languages in writing.

Jürgen Baumann

Welcome in the Champagne Region!

What is life like in Châlons-en-Champagne?

 This charming town in the Champagne region has a lot to offer. Benefit from the unique LOCATION of the houseboat:  Green, quiet surroundings and yet a 5-minute walk to the centre with restaurants, bars, sights, shopping centre.  10 minutes on foot to the TGV railway station. From there, take a train in 1h to Paris...

Excellent infrastructure

Transport links: Châlons-en-Champagne is very well connected to the transport network, both by car and by train. There are 22 trains a day to Paris. The TGV takes one hour to Paris.
Shopping facilities: The city offers a variety of shops, markets and supermarkets. There is a wonderful weekly market.
Healthcare: There are hospitals, clinics and pharmacies nearby.

Tourist highlights in Châlons-en-Champagne:

Saint-Étienne Cathedral: this Gothic cathedral is an impressive architectural masterpiece. Two other churches are just round the corner.
Jard Anglais: A beautiful English garden, ideal for relaxing and strolling. The Petit Jard adjoins it.
Musée des Beaux-Arts et d'Archéologie: A museum with an impressive collection of works of art and archaeological finds.
Boat trips on the Marne: Explore the city from the water and enjoy the picturesque surroundings. Spectacular night tour with moving projections.

Quality of life:

Châlons-en-Champagne is a quiet town with a friendly community.
There is a high level of security and little crime.
I have not experienced any incidents.
Very nice neighbors!
The surrounding area is characterised by vineyards, rivers and green landscapes.

The region is famous for its champagne. Be sure to try local varieties and visit wineries.