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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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MS Tordino
The Tordino is a Friese Maatkast built in 1922. She is being converted into a floating museum.
 
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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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The Hornblower was a project of converting a snik into a yacht. I sold her in 2014 to start another project.
 
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January 2012

31st January 2012: Flooring

The metal floor for the wheelhouse is taking much longer then I expected. I don't have the right equipment for cutting the sheets to the right size. It took me more then one hour to cut a plate in half with a small graining disk.

17th January 2012: Engine room work

16th January 2012: Cheap boats

There is no such thing as a cheap boat. When you look for a ship you will often believe the price is high. You might even think that when you do the conversion it will be cheaper! I have now worked on boats for 15 years and the only thing I can say: owning a boat is not cheap at all!

All the ships I have bought were ready to be scrapped without any exception! Where they cheap? Some were, some not. When you buy a boat for a good price, don't expect it to be good. It might have a thin bottom, leaking windows, a worn out engine or other problems you don't see straight away. By the time you fixed the problem, a lot of money will be gone.

In recent months I have visited around 7 boats, most of them were on the low budget market. None of them were ready for living on, even the advertisement mentioned it differently. There was even one ship I would send to the scrapyard!

15th January 2012: Cold weather

The first day this winter it had been freezing during night time . It was not that cold, but the sky was clear and the perfect moment for taking some pictures. I broke a toe yesterday, so I didn't go for a big walk...

14th January 2012: Sluiskil

A friend of mine is still in Sluiskil. he is the only one who stayed there. All the others are gone... While I was there, I took some pictures of a fleet that never changes...

11th January 2012

8th January 2012

Another weekend gone and I hardly see any difference in what I've done. On Saturday I filled up my watertanks, one of the most boring jobs when living on a boat. The afternoon went up in welding a frame for the fuel tanks aboard the Hornblower. On Sunday I continued this job.

2nd January 2012

I did some painting in the Hornblower.

1st January 2012

What brings another year? Nobody knows. I didn't make any plans for this year, except one: going the yard with the Watergeus for her maintenance. This will be the biggest job! And honestly, I don't look forward to it. I'll be happy when it's over!

Many people asked me what new boats I'm going to buy this year: none! I would like to travel a little more and finish the Hornblower. The first big trip with her is for 2013 and a lot of work needs to be done!

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