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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.
 
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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 'Op Hoop van Zegen' is a lemmeraak from 1916. She was converted into a classic looking yacht.
 
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HomeAquarelConversion • August 2015

August 2015

24th August 2015

I'm going to spent a whole week finishing most of the hold. The idea is to finish most of the hold before the winter starts. The majority of the t&g has been done, only corners and more difficult areas have to done.

Today I spent a whole day finishing the side where the electricity wires are. It is a construction that can easily be taken away to have access to the waterline in case I ever have to double the side of the ship.

25th August 2015

between the metal stairs and the hold is a frame for the door. It took me nearly all day to get my door in position and mount it. I'm happy to be able to close the hold from the inside and still have light coming through.

26th August 2015

I only had half a day to work. I built the stage or floor for the toilet. Complex areas like kitchen, bathroom and toilets are built on a stage. In case there is a welding job at the bottom of the ship I don't have to rip out the whole room with all the plumbing around it. It is going to be a small room since I like to keep the hold as big as possible.

28th August 2015

A nice day for painting. My parents came and they painted. The deck was partly painted. The bedroom cabin I remade last year got its first coat of paint. It looks much bigger. I can't wait to paint the hold to let it look bigger. The light wood colour is still to dark.


Toilet area

I built the toilet walls and door. It went surprisingly well. Normally it takes some time to get the door right and this time It went so easy. These are the moments you get a boost and want to continue converting your ship.

29th August 2015

Building a small toilet area seems simple. The amount of electricity wires that I had to put were quiet a lot.

30th August 2015

After a heavy night of terrible weather, I had no motivation of working. Every excuse was fine to having to go to the boat. In the end I went in the late evening; Everything was fine. I expected a few windows to be broken, but there was no damage at all. While I was there, I finished the wall between the generator room and the hold.

31st August 2015

Plumbing is a job I just hate to do. Not only are most pieces expensive, there is always a connection that starts leaking. I just bought a small box with some pieces and I've spent over 160 EURO.

 


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