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
Living Afloat gives you free ideas on what you need to know about barges, how to buy them, how to convert them, etc..
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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.
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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 • January 2014

January 2014

4th January 2014

In the morning, I started cleaning some of the bilges. One square meter gave me two buckets of grease and rust. Everywhere I see a bold it is the moment to weld it. Saves me trouble later! I keep it saying: it is a shame and a big stupidity to drill holes through her original hull and put bolts into her wooden floor from underneath!

Later that day I finished my entrance hatch and in the evening I worked on the wheelhouse, starting to make the corner where the diesel heather will come. I have to raise the heather a little bit since her exhaust doesn't come to the hole at the back of the wheelhouse.

14th January 2014

The first day I'm working again aboard the Aquarel. My grainder felt into several pieces, this was th end of continuing on my floor. Since I was there, I decided to clean the hold and to finish the woodwork around the diesel heather.

24th January 2014

I had some time off at work and decided to finish the floor in the hold. This will make it easier for building the inner roof and to paint the hold decently.

25th January 2014

In the early morning, I started welding the remaining frames for the floor. Once finished, the whole framework was painted and the wood bolted to it.

By the end of the day the floor was nearly ready. It is so much nicer to walk on a decent floor then to step from one rib to the other....

29th January 2014

Since the floor is nearly finished I can start thinking about framing the hold. This looks easy, but it needs a lot of planning. I want to keep the maximum of space, but I need to have ten centimetres between the framework and the metal for spraying insulation foam.

At the end of the evening, I managed to build a sample of the frame for the den. To clear my mind, I painted some more of the metal in the hold....


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