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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 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.
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.
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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.
HomeBakdekkruiser • History


Thanks to Erik, a previous owner of the Escapde I have some information on her background. The Escapde was built in 1937 at the Van Lent shipyard in the Netherlands.

The engine is a Mercedes 4 cylinder from 1967. She had been moored in Ghent and Denderleeuw most of her career. As far as retrievable, she has been owned by several people

  • ? - ?: Escapade, a car dealer from Hamme
  • ? - 2000: Escapade, an owner from Denderleeuw
  • 2001-2010: Escapade, a Dutch owner, but moored in Wachtebeke
  • 2010 - 2011: Escapade, owned by me and moored in Bruges
  • 2011: Escapde, scrapped in Henegouwen after a failed attempt to restore her

Any more information is welcome.

As she looked in the 90's

After 2010

As I bought here

The advertisement on the Internet mentioned it about a bakdekkruiser with some work and accommodation for four people. When I visited her, I realised the whole interior had to go.

What should become of her:

Once she was in Bruges and I started to remove some paneling, I realised most of her has to go, not just the interior. I want to keep er as she is, but with some comfort. This drawing is how she should be looking (more or less).

New windows will be placed, so don't bother looking at the current ones!


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