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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.
 
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The 'Op Hoop van Zegen' is a lemmeraak from 1916. She was converted into a classic looking yacht.
 
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HomeAquarelConversion • October 2014

October 2014

7th October 2014

For over a month I hadn't been aboard the Aquarel. Everything was there like I left it... I didn't know where to start, so I cleaned up what I was last doing and continued insulating the den of the ship.

11th October 2014

The first serious day of working. It was raining so I jumped on two jobs, putting the mast together and welding the stairs to the hold.

12th October 2014

Since I don't stand stable enough on my foot to cut big sheets of wood, my father came to help. While he was working with the saw, I put silicon on all the welding joints. At least no condensation can come the joints of the metal sheets. I don't know whether it will help or be of any use. It is something to evaluate when they scrap the boat.

13th October 2014

I've been looking for a replacement engine for some time now. It is hard to find the same engine at a reasonable price. I made plans for rebuilding the current engine, but nobody really knows what happened to it. She was badly damaged the last journey and had severe frost damage from a few years ago.

Replacing the engine was another plan. I love DAF engines and it would be nice to put a DAF aboard my ship. This also means replacing gearbox, etc...

A few days ago I found a second hand Detroit Diesel. I had a look this evening to check if it was indeed a new engine. So it seems...

14th October 2014

The engine arrived and this means another step closer to make the ship navigable again. We put it on the front deck, so I have enough space to dismantle the old engine. I will reuse the old engine as counter weight for the mast.

15th October

It annoys me there is no progress to see or to show the people around you. I insulated the den on one side and put some wood over it. It is a small area, but it gives an idea . While doing so, some more of tat big pile of wood is gone. Wall finished and floor visible!

18th October 2014

A whole day spent on the stairs to the hold. Major problem is the small entrance. It takes time to measure and think! Th stairs are also the side cover for the water tanks. A difficult construction, but once finished, I think it will be a masterpiece. Or let's hope so....

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