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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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HomeAquarelConversion • November 2015

November 2015

1st November 2015

My parents came to remove some more vanish from the old accommodation. The cabinet at the the other side is totally rotten. Even the metal is badly corroded and nearly gone. I will dry out this area for a a few weeks before looking for a solution.

I tried finishing the kitchen area as much as possible. Two more walls needed a coat of primer. Once this was done, I painted the floor.

4th November 2015

Sadly enough, the floor was still wet and I can't walk on it. Therefore I started finishing the bar in the main hold. Doing little corners takes a lot of time. By the time it was dark, most of it was finished, but there was no more time to paint the bar.

Mother helped the whole day removing vanish. During a heavy rain period, I noticed the window that was not covered with duck tape and plastic started leaking heavily. So both windows are now taped with plastic. A solution can be simple (and temporarily)...

In the late afternoon, to do something totally different, I welded the brackets for the zwierbomen. I didn't have the right pieces to connect the ropes and chains. Another item I couldn't finish.

7th November 2015

After another day of removing vanish, it was now time to oil the old accommodation. It looks nice!

I painted the bar. It took me three hours for such a small area.

11th November 2015

A day of doing several smaller jobs. The old accommodation got a second coat of oil and the cabinet were painted with a finishing coat of ivory white. The accommodation is nearly finished and ready for decoration and usage. Once the kitchen and bathroom are finished, I will have some comfort aboard. This means I can work a whole weekend without going home. Looking forward to use the microwave and eat some hot food!

I put a floor in the bar, so it looks similar to the kitchen area. A final floor will be done when I'm back from the yard. I prepared inspection hatches, but you will never know... A good quality floor is expensive and it is a reasonable big area to cover.

The hold is a major area to paint. It will take some time. Therefore, every evening I'm aboard, I try to paint an area. My tins of paint are 0.75l and this is just the right amount to paint something. Secondly, by the time I can paint everything, I need to clean the hold a bit more. There is to much rubbish around. I filled my car with wood and mounted the toilet. Gives me some extra space, but not enough.

14th November 2015

Just about finished most of the old accommodation. It nearly looks like that many years ago when the carpenters were finished building the interior.

The only bit that still needs doing

30th November 2015

Working on the Aquarel is with ups and downs at the moment. Maybe I'm spending to much time on the 'Op Hoop van Zegen' at the moment, I don't know... Like Andy once said, it is all about the hours you spend on a ship.

The bathroom is the next logical step in finishing the hold. After the old accommodation and the kitchen area, the bathroom is another big area. This room is not so big in size, but it has several corners and small places. I finished the woodwork for the first part and put another coat of paint on it. I like to have at least three coats of paint in the bathroom. Humidity can severely damage wood.

I'm already looking forward to connect the plumbing and toilet. Then I can at least sleep aboard with some comfort.

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