Living afloat
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
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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MS Tordino
The Tordino is a Friese Maatkast built in 1922. She is being converted into a floating museum.
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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.
HomeEscapadeConversion • December 2010

December 2010

1st December 2010: Tools

I'm away tomorrow, sailing on Friday and I haven't prepared a single thing. I need fuel, gearbox oil, food, tools, paperwork and a lot more.

2nd December 2010: Nervous

The whole day I was nervous. It was extremely cold, all the roads were dangerous. A neighbour brought a new battery for me, I went to the shop looking for anti freeze, start pilot and other tools. Tomorrow is a big day.

3rd December 2010: Sailing to Bruges

Imagine a foggy day with temperatures up to 13°C below the freezing point! Well that was our journey to Bruges. No snow and no wind, that was what I remembered that morning on the weather station. Temperature would even go to 2°C above freezing point.

When we left Wachtebeke, after a few minutes fog came up. It was so thick we could hardly see the bow of the ship. Barges moored along the canal and land was invisible. We sailed slowly and decided to wait till the weather was better before crossing the big canal Ghent-Terneuzen.

Breaking the ice on the Moervaart

Breaking the ice on the Moervaart

The fog

Waiting for the fog to go, moored a few meters from the Canal Ghent-Terneuzen

Waiting for the fog to go, moored a few meters from the Canal Ghent-Terneuzen

Full speed on the canal

The view were beautiful

11th December 2010: Paint!

Today I did a quick paint job on the yacht. I removed most of the rust and painted her. Not the perfect weather and certainly not cleaned enough, but it is important for the boats to look good, certainly over here.

Deck and wheelhouse already painted

Red paint was empty, so I had to continue with a kind of cherry colour


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