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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.
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Living Afloat: The life of a boat lover

This page used to tell the regular visitor what new information has been added to the website of Living Afloat and my projects. Since I'm working on several boats, I'm changing this page more into a blog.

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28th April 2012

Because it was raining, I started welding the wheelhouse floor of the Hornblower. The idea is to make sure no smell or fumes can leave the engine room into the living area of the ship. One thing is already sure, the Hornblower is become a solid ship. The amount of metal added to make her stronger, she will be able to cross rough waters!

27th April 2012

With the little nice weather in the coming days, I finished welding the generator box on the front of the Watergeus. Now it still needs a cover and some decent paint. I'm not sure yet how to mount the exhaust.

In the afternoon, with some neighbours, we had a a beer and a laugh. A boat community is a very close group of people with the same sorrows and moments of happiness!

25th April 2012

The hatch for the wheelhouse floor is now in the right position. That sounds like a small job, but it did take me a few hours. One the major problems on small boats is space. I had to move around half of the stuff rom the wheelhouse...

Maybe I should start collecting less!

23rd April 2012

I lowered the generator into the Hornblower. She will supply me of electricity when the batteries are death or when I need extra power.

21-22nd April 2012

I left bruges in the early Saturday morning, heading for London. Every year I visit the boats in brentford, take some pictures, talk to the people and give a hand if necessary. The difference with the boats over here and in London is that people really life on them. They use the boat to the maximum as possible. Some of them even had nice gardens on the roof, etc... Since the weather was good, the people friendly it was a great time!

The Sunday I made a walk on the muddy beach, taking some more detailed pictures of the barges.

The instant coffee was the only coffee I could find over there...

A small garden with some nice tulips aboard the Libra

One of my favourite ships...

A typical view of the muddy beach in Brentford

Houseboats in Brentford

The fuel barge

20th April 2012

One of my friends has a houseboat in Izegem, not to far from Bruges. I bought a generator for the little boat and had a visit afterwards. I always try to follow the ships I've worked on in the past.

The generator is again an old Hatz engine. I always try to keep my engines in the same age, style and brand. I know Hatz is more reliable than a modern Chinese made generator. The only difference is the weight and the fact that most old engines are hand start...

18th April 2012

I quickly went to Sluiskil to see one of the biggest houseboats at the yard. One of neighbours is over there with his 79m houseboat!

7th April 2012

Already two days of heavy work and two more to go. I'm starting too feel tired. Maybe it is a compensation for last weekend?

6th April 2012

By the end of this weekend, I made a list of several things that need to be done. One of them is building the railing on starboard side of the little ship. I made the feet for the railing and welded them on. By the time the clock changed to the next day I was finished.

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