Living afloat
The story of the Luxe Motor Watergeus, the Groningse snik Hornblower, the Historische klipperaak Aquarel, the lemmeraak 'Op Hoop van Zegen', the Friese maatkast Tordino and how to convert a Dutch barge into a houseboat.
MS Watergeus
The Watergeus is my home. It's an old Dutch Luxe Motor, built in 1929. She was about to be scrapped when we bought her...
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MS Tordino
The Tordino is a Friese Maatkast built in 1922. She is being converted into a floating museum.
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The Aquarel is an authentic klipperaak from 1916 converted for exhibitions and with a permanent small museum of maritime artifacts. She was sold in 2016 and is now a houseboat in Zaandam.
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Op Hoop van Zegen
The 'Op Hoop van Zegen' is a lemmeraak from 1916. She was converted into a classic looking yacht.
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MS Hornblower
The Hornblower was a project of converting a snik into a yacht. I sold her in 2014 to start another project.
HomeAquarelConversion • May 2013

June 2013

1st June 2013

The engine room is a big mess. Not only did we a lot of temporary repairs during th e trip, it is stored with rubbish, old metal, engine parts and toys. After two hours, I managed to see the see through everything.

In the evening I discovered a 'secret hatch'.

6th June 2013

In the evening I had a look to my ship. While was there, I couldn't resist to arrange my workshop...

9th June 2013: Mast

I believe a mast tells a lot of a ship. You can decorate it with some flag and all of the sudden, the ship starts to look vivid again. At the front deck is a small wooden mast. Just in front of the wheelhouse is a big metal mast with a satellite disk, spot lights and many cables!

In my original plan, the big mast had to go, but I will re use it at the front of th barge. The little wooden mast is in storage and I cleaned the big one. It was al green and the paint was falling of.

The old mast (right) and the bigger mast (left)

Removing all the old paint

A coat of primer and she looks like new ;-)

Some smaller things have been done today, like measuring the whole ship, cleaning my workshop and ventilating the boat as much as possible.

Without a mast, the wheelhouse looks much better!

14th June 2013

I have no idea what colours I'll paint her. I have a few schemes in mind, but nothing is decided yet. Before I can paint, I need to remove the old layers of paint and the rust. I started cleaning the beginning of the den.

At the end of the evening I gave it a good coat of primer.

15th June 2013

While I was cleaning anyway, I removed the paint from the hatch at the front of the boat. It was to windy to paint, still I decided to give it a go. Some grass and dust was blown into the paint, so I can restart....

Out of frustration, I removed some more of the interior of the boat.

16th June 2013

Besides repairing the damage done by the wind yesterday, I started on the bow. It will be a major job to remove the paint and rust of the bow! The old name signs are gone. I'll reuse them as decoration at some point....

The mast got another coat of paint. It starts to look good!

18th June 2013

Cleaning the bow is one the things I want to finish before the winter starts. he whole ship looks very much neglected and is in need of a good coat of paint. The bow is rusty, but it is also the nicest part of the ship... I've done the hatch and the mast, now the deck and the bow!

23th June 2013

It has been raining the whole day. I was expecting it since the forecast was right this time. A perfect moment for an inside job. I broke down the second bedroom. So when you walk aboard the Aquarel, two rooms have rivets and wooden hatches visible!

Most work in breaking down an old interior is filling up the car and driving away with lots of rubbish! She is in a better condition then when I bought the Watergeus. Nevertheless I still prefer an empty hull then one with an interior....

29th June 2013

While breaking down the second bedroom, I started to smell and feel a lot of moisture. Quickly I discovered the bathroom must have been leaking for years (and still does). This means, I will remove the bathroom before I continue with the rest of the ship. Since I want no leaking water tank, I'm carefully disconnecting pipe by pipe and wire by wire.

During the removal of stuff, I discovered a little door? Once opened, it was filled with wood and rubbish, enough to fill half my car! Most people would be excited, I'm starting to have enough of discovering rooms with rubbish...

The hidden room

What came out of that little room

30th June 2013

You can't always work, and so a neighbour and me decided to organise a BBQ! It took all day and lasted all day. So did I!



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