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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.
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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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February 2012

28th February 2012: Generator cabin

After succesfully unloading a 450kg heavy generator from my car last night, I started building a nice box for it. It must be in metal and water proof...

13th February 2012: Inspecting the damage

Every time there is a period of coldness you might expect some damage. Sadly enough, this time wa not different. My shaft on the Watergeus is leaking badly. I added some more grease and it slowed down the leaking.

12th February 2012: Snow (again)

While I only did a little work, it started snowing. I took my camera, made some shots, looked at the ice breaking tug and had a cup of coffee.

Breaking the ice

Breaking the ice, on his way to Ghent

9th February 2012: Ice and possible damage

The ice is still growing around the boats. I wonder how long the cold period will continue. Now I'm starting to worry for two reasons: my electricity bill and the possible damage to the cooling system of both engines.

I' read today that at least five woonarks sank because of broken water pipes. It makes you think twice!

5th February 2012: A little work

Feeling slightly better, I decided to work on the Hornblower. Sorting out the wood in the back area was my first priority. While working, both of my neighbours called for frozen pipes. I gave them a hand. I can't remember it being so cold last year...

The canal is still frozen and as the weather conditions aren't becoming any better, I believe we will have more issues then a few frozen pipes.

When 600kg of steel is leaning to one side of the ship...

4th February 2012: The coldest night

Tonight was the coldest night in three years. Yesterday it snowed, but I was to ill to take pictures. Now I was feeling slightly better, so I made a very short walk and took some pics.

2nd February 2012: Freezing cold!

Yesterday I had put an extra electric heater in the engine room of the Watergeus near the boiler and water pump. Today I went to the shop for another heater. This time it was for the engine of the Hornblower. The cooling outlet was frozen. I'm to much worried about damage. It might not be to effective to have a heater running in a boat with no insulation. Nevertheless, it is now only 0°C near the engine, better then minus 7°C.

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