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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 Tordino is a Friese Maatkast built in 1922. She is being converted into a floating museum.
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Home2017 • March 2017

Living Afloat: March 2017

30th March 2017

In the early morning I drove to the shipyard Carron in Zelzate where friends of mine have a ship. It is their last day out of the water. I've got a lot of stuff from that ship that will serve in my museum.

There was a heritage meeting in the afternoon. I followed a few sessions and had an interesting afternoon.

20th March 2017

Found some time again to upload pictures. A lot of things happened, mainly aboard the Tordino. I'm updating the older pages by adding more pictures and information.

18th March 2017

A friend of mine lost his wheelhouse a couple of weeks ago. I quickly helped him putting a few sheets on so the cover doesn't hang with rainwater.

17th March 2017

One of the best planned days of the last couple of years. Having to reply on three companies and several people to help you with moving a wheelhouse, toilet unit and a lifeboat! It was a great success today!

The crane is lifting the 2 ton heavy wheelhouse to put her aboard the Tordino

16t March 2017

While I was in Temse to order my toilet unit, I took a few pictures of a sunken barge. The accident happened two days ago.

8th March 2017

One of the ships along our moorings was sold a few months ago. The new owner is converting his ship at the yard. he is extremely passioned about converting ships and we had a good chat. Looking forward to have more of these evenings!

7th March 2017

Last weekend was a good weekend. I was proud of what was realised aboard the Tordino. I added some pictures, but they are taken with my phone. Better pictures will follow.

1st March 2017

When not working on the Tordino or the Watergeus, I made some time working on the website for the museum aboard the Tordino. Please have a look:



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