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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.
 
HomeLiving Afloat: The life of a boat lover (What's New!)

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.

If you have questions or you would like me to join to see a barge in Belgium or the Netherlands, contact me!

20th May 2012

I could call it a relaxing day. I sheduled a lot for today, but haven't started yet. I'll probalby wont do much except updating my blog...

I've seen a friend in the morning who is working on inland cruise vessels. I took some pictures and that's it for today...

19th May 2012

Next week, I'm leaving with the Watergeus to the yard. It has been a while since her last dry-docking. Most of the things have been prepared the last couple of weeks. A yard visit takes a lot of preparations and money! I still need to do the fuel and then I'm ready!

Today I secured my workshops, making sure everything nothing can fall down. I cleaned my deck. I often use my deck as a storage space since I don't have enough room... The cables for the mast were lowered. I only lower the mast on the last day. A boat without mast looks so sad...

In the afternoon, I went to see a yacht for a friend at the yard. He wanted some advice and in the end he decided to buy it. It gives me a good feeling when you know when a boat fits the profile of the buyer! The seller had a nice tjalk, also for sale. I had a look at it. From the moment I saw this ship, I started making plans. Only I don't have the time to do this project.

16th May 2012

I continued welding the floor in the wheelhouse of the Hornblower. It's taking a lot of time and it becomes boring. I want to finish this job before I go to the yard. I'll see how far I'm getting...

15th May 2012

Converting a boat is expensive. Last weekend I had to buy some L-shaped metal profiles. When you look on second hand sites, you find a lot of stuff. I found some profiles, but they were meters long. I bought eight of them for half the price of what I paid last weekend in the shop. It was not very practical carrying them on my roof rack but I made it safely back home!

14th May 2012

I didn't have much time yet to update the blog. I've been doing some work on the Hornblower as well as preparing the Watergeus for her journey to the yard. I don't know what to do first at the moment...

5th May 2012

A lot has been done today!

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