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 gives you free ideas on what you need to know about barges, how to buy them, how to convert them, etc..
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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.
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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.
HomeBarges & their interior • Spits

Spits with a deteriorated interior

Everybody knows that a badly maintained boat can cause a lot of trouble. Leaks start to grow and the interior falls apart. Using bad materials and bad maintenance are the two causes for the following barge.

The boat was reported for sale in 2006. I visited her last month (February 2007). The following pictures are a nice example of how quickly a boat can change because of bad care!

Hatches are leaking, wood is absorbing water and falling apart

A combination of bad materials such as a concrete hull, chipboard and bad maintenance

Once was this the front peak with the space for anchor chains. Now it is an entrance for the boat with a concrete floor

Same part, different ange

Water on the concrete floor

Windows in the side, no safety windows

The engine room

I wouldn't want to put the switch on...

Interior falling apart of water damage

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