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.
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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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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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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 • April 2015

April 2015

4th April 2015

Working a bit on the engine, unmounting water and fuel fittings. One of the new deadlines is to have the engine running or replaced by the beginning of the summer. The engine room is one of the few areas I left untouched since I own the ship.

In the afternoon, my parents came to help me moving boxes and cables in my workshop. I need to pull wires from the fusebox to the hold, but a lot of stuff stands in the way. There was still an area underneath the front accommodation that was filled by the previous owner. It took us some time to get to it. Anchors, cables, old wooden doors, wooden hatches and some more stuff was stored. Nice things, but most of them useless. It was impressive to see how the ship was built, where the square side of the ship slowly turns into the curved bow. I found back traces from the bow rudder.

After the big cleanup, we started pulling the wires. I ran out of cable, so the perfect excuse to go home and stop working for today.

5th April 2015

I had some more power cable left on the Watergeus. It took some time to pull a wire from the front end to the back end of the ship. At least I now have decent 220v power in the engine room.

6th April 2015

A third day of working on the Aquarel is starting to be hard. I wished I had slept a little more... Anyway, work wasn't waiting and I started. Pulling some more wires through the bathroom and starting to strip the wires for the sockets, switches and connectors.

In the afternoon, I looked how to build the bar. I finished the wall behind the bar and added some more wires.

21st April 2015

It is taking me to long to finish the bathroom. There are to many things where my only answer is "I don't know yet". I tried finishing the wall between the bath and the rest of the bathroom till I ran out of wood. While mounting the fittings for the bath and shower tap, I know the bathroom is getting there.

A major job will be running all the pipes for cold and warm water.

24th April 2015

The stairs to the hold are not finished. A lot of welding is needed and I don't want to continue with the woodwork till they are finished. Most of the metal was put in place but another day of welding is needed.

I've also started with the bar in the hold. In my exhibition space, I would like to have a small bar or a kitchen.

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