Living afloat
The story of the Luxe Motor Watergeus, the Groningse snik Hornblower, the klipperaak Aquarel, the lemmeraak 'Op Hoop van Zegen', the Friese maatkast Tordino and how to convert a Dutch barge into a houseboat.
 
MS Watergeus
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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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.
 
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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 • 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

Welding

 

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