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(and old stuff - outdated)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
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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 • March 2014

March 2014

6th March 2014

The same actions all over again: removing the roofing felt with an axe, cutting through some bolts and cleaning the metal underneath.

8th March 2014

My father came to help. I have made my planning a little tight. Therefore if something goes wrong, I have no spare time to solve it.

Luckily, everything went well today, the roofing felt came off easily, the hatches were loose and I had all the time to weld my supports.

At the end of the evening, I was tired, but the work for the next couple of days was done as well! I'll take a day off tomorrow!

12th March 2014

The part of the project that made me the most nervous was getting those sheets on the boat without breaking my bag, a leg or having to dive to get them back.

13th March 2014

I was happy with the result yesterday. Most of the hold was closed. Today was a day of welding.

14th March 2014

Starting early gives us a long day. Sadly enough, it was very foggy in the morning. On arrival, I couldn't see the boat from where I parked the car, 20 meters further.

15th March 2014

I spent most of they day mounting the skylight into the roof.

18th March 2014




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