Short on cash but still want tour the canals? Hop on board of the Saint Nicolaas Boat Club. This is a group of crazy and stubborn volunteers that have operated a couple of boats since 1997 as a non-profit organisation. They're not professionals, but their boat rides are more fun than most ordinary tours. Who else allows you to smoke and drink along the way? Part of the fun is that the boats are open to all elements, so make sure you wear appropriate clothing. Officially these boats have been illegal for the past 15 years, but because all passengers are 'close friends' of the captain, the cops can't do anything. There;s no fixed schedule so stop by Leidseplein 12 for information. Tipping is allowed and greatly appreciated (around €10/person).