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..
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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 • February 2014

February 2014

1st February 2014

The idea is to foam the boat as insulation. But I doubt, I might still go for the traditional insulation. Since I don't know it yet, I'm making my frame work like on the Hornblower. WIde enough for putting insulation, but also solid enough to hold the foam and to screw sheets of multiplex on it afterwards.

It took me all day drilling holes and bolting the wood to the metal...

2nd February 2014

Another day of drilling holes, cutting wood and painting metal.

3rd February 2014

Just like the last two days, I've been drilling holes and bolting wood. I start to notice a difference. One side is now nearly finished, and I'm running out of wood.

I'm not so happy about the glue I used. Maybe it is to cold, but I have no good results with it. The wood doesn't stick together. Fortunately I used screws so it is solid enough but I was hoping that the glue would do his part of the job...

4th February 2014

Just cutting wood and drilling holes. THis will continue for a while.....

5th February 2014

Since I drawed a line with a piece of chalk on my ceiling to make the line where my kitchen will stop, I can now officially say I'm working in the kitchen area. This give me a little hope that at the end of they day, I might succeed in converting this ship into something suitable....

It took me some time to mount one of th bigger wooden side supports on the bulkhead. After cutting the entrance in October, the bulkhead bended badly. I've now tried with a lot of clamps and some wood to bend it back. Without success...

13th February 2014

Still working in the kitchen unit, I now discovered my big pile of wood has nearly disappeared. So one third of the frame has been built and I've nearly ran out. I miscalculated somewhere...

15th February 2014

We welded a little more into the new generator room. At the end of the evening, we lifted the generator and sided it into the compartment.

18th February 2014

I love this weather, warm and dry! The moment to paint the inside of the two new hatches an to paint some more in the hold. I'm really surprised to see how much paint goes into the hold. I'm not even half way....

22nd February 2014

I spent most of the day doing smaller jobs, welding a few supports, bolting some wood and cleaning the hold. It was time to something, I barely find back any hammer at the moment.

23rd February 2014

Recuperation is something I have always done. I reused an air vent from the Hornblower on the Aquarel. Not just an air vent, but one I could barely lift with two hands...

I used a small saw machine for cutting the hole. I'll never do that one again!

25th February 2014

I have been thinking about insulation since I had this ship. Foaming is easy, done in one day and good insulated. I'm afraid of welding with foam. When the guy is coming to foam, everything must be ready and I just know I will forget something. Therefore I might go for rockwool....

I will do some basic tests somewhere this week. I'm gone put insulation against a piece of metal and weld as much as I can. On the Watergeus, I left a gap of 17cm between the metal and my insulation. Now I'm thinking of putting the insulation against the metal....



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