Living afloat
The story of the Luxe Motor Watergeus, the Groningse snik Hornblower, the klipperaak Aquarel, the lemmeraak 'Op Hoop van Zegen' and how to convert a Dutch barge into a houseboat.
MS Watergeus
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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Living Afloat
Living Afloat gives you free ideas on what you need to know about barges, how to buy them, how to convert them, etc..
Recognize a barge
Buying a barge
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MS Aquarel
The Aquarel is an authentic klipperaak from 1916 converted for exhibitions and with a permanent small museum of maritime artifacts.
MY Op Hoop van Zegen
Op Hoop van Zegen
The 'Op Hoop van Zegen' is a lemmeraak from 1916. She is being converted into a classic looking yacht.
I spent most of my time in or around boats. Read what I'm doing!
MS Hornblower
The Hornblower was a project of converting a snik into a yacht. I sold her in 2014 to start another project.
HomeLiving Afloat • Barges & their deck equipment

Barges & their deck equipment

Any barge has deck equipment. They make every day's use easier or they are needed for safe sailing. Examples of deck equipment are anchor winches, car cranes, cranes for lifeboats, masts, etc...

Anchor winches

Original anchor winch on a Baquet de Charleroi

Manual single anchor winch on the Clochard

Anchor winch on a Boeieraak

electric anchor winch with a broken electro motor

Heavier anchor winch on a kempenaar

Anchor winch covered in a metal box

Car cranes

Rusty car crane on a spits

Car crane and smaller crane on back accommodation of a Kempenaar

Me working with the car crane of the Mousson

Other cranes

Crane aboard my barge. Can lift up to 250kgs in its current configuration.

Crane on the back accommodation, mostly used for a small boat. Typical position on barges

Manual crane for a small boat on an aak


The masts had original the function of loading and unloading cargo from the boat. Depending on what ype of they boat it was also often the main propulsion system, a mast for sailing.

Mast on a steilsteven in Rotterdam

Mast of a sleeptankschip

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