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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.
 
MS Watergeus
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
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.
 
MS Aquarel
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.
 
MY Op Hoop van Zegen
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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I spent most of my time in or around boats. Read what I'm doing!
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 2016

January 2016

13th January 2016

Being able to do nothing is very annoying. Last month I build some shelves, so I started sorting out my small tools and parts. I bought some boxes and a label machine. I started putting a label on every box. It is a major job, but it is the only job I can handle at the moment.

16th January 2016

Time to make a list of what needs to be done and what has been done. The perfect time to take some pictures:


I hop I will have time to paint her this year. With all these colours, she doesn't look right!


The kitchen area is painted and ready for the furniture and decoration


An old piece of furniture. Don't know where to put it...


To most people, this looks like a big mess, but I do find my way through it!


Plumbing is nearly ready and accessible through hatches and doors


Right the bar and wood everywhere. When my back is fine, I hope to sort everything out.

18th January 2016

I ran out of shelves. A friend came with some new shelves and mounted them for me. In one week, I realised, I hadn't done much, but it also came to mind that I'm keeping a lot of stuff on my ship. Will I ever need all this equipment and parts?

24th January 2016

What else can somebody do who can’t lift a toolbox? Just go shopping. I went to Ikea with my friends. I bought my kitchen. They loaded it in a truck and unloaded it aboard. SOmetimes not being able to do something isn't that bad anyway...

 

 

 


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