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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Living Afloat
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Living Afloat
Living Afloat gives you free ideas on what you need to know about barges, how to buy them, how to convert them, etc..
Recognize a barge
Buying a barge
Converting a barge
Barge to the yard
Safety on a barge
Converted barges
Barge stories!
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MS Tordino
The Tordino is a Friese Maatkast built in 1922. She is being converted into a floating museum.
MS Aquarel
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.
MY Op Hoop van Zegen
Op Hoop van Zegen
The 'Op Hoop van Zegen' is a lemmeraak from 1916. She was converted into a classic looking yacht.
I spent most of my time in or around boats. Read what I'm doing!
MS Hornblower
The Hornblower was a project of converting a snik into a yacht. I sold her in 2014 to start another project.
HomeAquarelConversion • July 2013

July 2013

6th July 2013

A long time ago, I read in a book on surviving earthquakes, that a bathroom is often the most secure place to stay. While ripping out the walls of this bathroom, I can confirm this statement! This bathroom was built in massive wood, two frameworks and four layers of paneled wood.

13th - 14th July

During the weekend I cleaned up what was left of the bathroom and removed the bedroom where I used to sleep. As I was not surprised, I found some more hidden surprises.

What's left of the bathroom

Just before starting

Ripping out one wall

Ripping out the second wall

One wall left...

Looking like a cargo boat again

Looking like a cargo boat again

20th July 2013

Today I spent most of the time breaking out the living room and kitchen. There is so much wood, I will have to drive several times to th skip place. Like last week, behind every panel is another amount of stuff to be found. This time is is steel cable and a pack of new power cables.

In the evening I made a little test drive with my neighbours tug.

26th July 2013

It is nice to have shore power when you are working. In case it falls out, you can't do much these days. Most tools need power. If batteries are flat you need to charge them, etc...

I've just got hold of a 6kva Hatz generator, electric starting. It took four people to load her in my van. I'm by myself tomorrow to unload it...

27th July 2013

For the first time in weeks it has been raining and badly! Just the moment to unload a generator and use a car crane. There was lightning all around us! My neighbour and me managed to load her aboard in less then fifteen minutes. Isn't it great to have a working car crane?

My workshop is becoming a mess. Lately, I filled it with tools, useful stuff and less useful stuff. I started cleaning it completely. Time was running out, I'll do the rest on a later date.

28th July 2013

The last remains of the floor in the bedroom were removed. I cleaned the floor. I'm getting there to give it an impression of a cargo hold. I just need to remove that little more and you feel yourself in an old cargo boat!

I've started putting new electricity in the hold. The old one was very unsafe and badly damaged during the rip-out work I had done the last two months.

30th July 2013

I put a little life or work boat aboard. I had been looking for years to fin a little boat that I could carry on the rooftop of my car. A little boat you can carry yourself and that doesn't sink.

The plan is to work on the hull in the weekend. I want her to look a bit better.




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