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
(and old stuff - outdated)
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!
Waterways & harbours
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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 • August 2013

August 2013

2nd August 2013

The hull needs a good coat of paint. I tried painting her, but yachts are passing to quickly and at the end of the day my little boat sank because of the waves and the hits to the hull it had to sustain...

Why can't yacht people be social? I'm angry, very angry!

3rd August 2013

16th August 2013: Shelving

Finally I finished building the shelves for the workspace area. Somewhere last week I bought four shelves. They are boring to mount and it takes me an average of 1 hour to build one... They are not as solid as the people in the shop told me. I have to find a way to strengthen them...

17th August 2013: Removing the kitchen floor

A heavy job was to remove the kitchen floor. Tiles and cement made it extremely heavy for me. By the end of the day, I filled up my car twice. Not only was I broken, but so was my car. Since she was slightly overloaded, I lost my exhaust....

18th August 2013

Cleaning out the hold after breaking down a ceiling into hundred pieces. This is how I could describe my day. The only thing I liked was the result! A clean floor and wooden hatches. The smell is now nearly gone. I still have to clean the bilges, but that is a job for next week!



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