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HomeLiving Afloat: October 2010

Living Afloat: October 2010

28th October 2012

I made a trip in the country instead of working. I went to Péronnes, Oudenaarde en Ghent. The weather was surprisingly good. Besides a lot of nice pictures and some ideas for my own conversion aboard the Hornblower, I found some ships I believed were scrapped long time ago!

I'm planning to go there more often!


A small beurtschip converted to a houseboat


A spits barge waiting to be dry docked


The famous Plaquet yard in Péronnes


The coffee shop boat in Ghent, starting to look good again!

22nd October 2012

The windows are finished and so is most of the welding aboard the Hornblower. All the covers are gone and she looks like a real ship again. I removed the card board from the windows, including over 200 meter of duck tape.

Pictures will follow when I have time.

8th October 2012

While I was taping all the windows to protect them for the welding tomorrow, I was thinking about the amount of time I already spent on such a little boat. I used to tell people, when the Watergeus was finished, I would never do such a big conversion again. I'm now doubting if a smaller boat takes less or more time then a big one...


April 2011, August 2011 and August 2012

7th October 2012

I've made some progress this weekend. It is very busy at work and I don't have time left in the evening to work on the Hornblower.

I'm also working on a new project in Dutch. It is called Informatie Centrum Wonen op het Water. It contains information for people who want to live on a house boat.


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