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 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.
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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 2015

January 2015

1st January 2015

U had a quick look to see if everything was fine. Sometimes, a commercial barge mores alongside. This is the moment you realise who has the biggest boat...

2nd January 2015

After a short, but fabulous holiday in the Ardennes, I decided to give it a go. For the last two weeks, I didn't do much. In some ways a shame, but you need a break sometimes.

3rd January 2015

Just continuing where I stopped yesterday. Shooting nails, cutting t&g, measuring and seeing how much progress I'm making. The packs of wood are going quickly, the ceiling isn't...

6th January 2015

A bit cold to work late in the evening. After a few hours, it was warm enough. Insulating the ceiling, building frames and mounting the sheets of multiplex. Progress is visible again!

In some ways, I'm starting to doubt whether the ceiling will hold. The frame might be bending or breaking. I don't know exactly how to solve it, something to think about and not to sleep the next couple of days.

8th January 2015

Found a solution for adding more strength to the roof. It is a bit of struggling to get to it, but is strong. It holds my weight for a minute. Then I have to drop because the wood is cutting in my fingers....

11th January 2015

The frame for the ceiling is finished. I continued till I ran out of insulation. Around one third needs insulation and the ceiling is finished. Another step forward!

16th January 2015

My intention to finish the ceiling by the end of December was a failure. A new deadline is the end of January. Today I finished most of the insulation and the first layer of wood. The hold looks dark at the moment because of the brown multiplex. Working with no daylight often causes me a bit of a depression.

My hold still contains stuff I need to put elsewhere. Since I put on my roof in March last year, a lot of tools and parts were stored in the main hold. They need to be in my workshop. There is now a wooden wall that divides the hold in two. To have access to my workshop, I need to go outside. My parents came to help me moving all this stuff. By the end of the afternoon, the main hold looks emptier. I can walk around and finish the ceiling without stepping onto everything.

17th January 2015

For about the whole day, I put t&g on the ceiling. It didn't go as planned. I have a curve or bend somewhere and it takes me an average of ten minutes for one plank to put in. Frustrating in some way, but nice to see how it will become once finished.

To the end of the day I discovered a crack in two planks. It annoyed me so much I quiet the job. I'll see how it reacts later.

20th January 2015

The ceiling went well today. I made some progress on the t&g. In the meantime, I discovered a small leak in the ceiling of the generator room above my water tanks. A ship always keeps you busy.

21st January 2015

It nearly starts automatically putting the T&G. I had some multiplex and insulation to finish in the bathroom area first. By the end of the evening i was happy with what I had achieved. Moments later I realised I had to build a frame for Saturday. This means I have to come over tomorrow to make this frame.

One corner out of four is now finished...

The chimney visible

22nd January 2015

I started with t&g, ended with the door framework and some other smaller jobs. Never being bored aboard the Aquarel! It will be a major step once the t&g is finished. I don't want to start thinking what to do next, there is still so much work that needs to be done. I sometimes wonder why I started this project and what will become of it. The conclusion: Don't think, just do it!


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