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The Tordino is a Friese Maatkast built in 1922. She is being converted into a floating museum.
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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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Living Afloat: April 2013

17th April 2013

The weather has been good for a few days now! Time to do a lot of outside work.

7th April 2013

Sometimes, I would forget I still have a boat with lots of work. The weather was nice, so I finished most of the paintwork (primer). The wheelhouse is starting to look tidy as well. A few more weeks and she is ready ;-)

6th April 2013

One of the neighbours had a plan of making a small trip to Ostend. he asked me if I could join to help. It was a nice journey!

5th April 2013

I've done Zelzate and Terneuzen. I had some time left and decided to have a look in Ghent.

4th April 2013

Ghent is not far from Terneuzen, so I drove around to check for boats. While driving, I quickly stopped since the Viking was sailing. She is one of the water supply vessels from Terneuzen. Till 2003, the Watergeus joined her.

3rd April 2013

While I was in Ghent for an IT course, I decided to see what vessels were dry docked in Zelzate. When I arrived, I met an old friend who lived his dream and bought a brand new Luxe Motor. It is a replica, you know it because there are no rivets. Beside that, you wouldn't see it at all. It is fantastic little ship. I could live on it straight away!

1st April 2013

I could do some outside work! I've painted the boat! It feels good to have some sunshine after all...

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