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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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The 'Op Hoop van Zegen' is a lemmeraak from 1916. She is being 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.
HomeLiving Afloat • Barges & their outside

Barges & their outside

Personally I like barges that have an original look from the outside. At the other hand, I must honestly say that I have seen conversions that were worth a lot. A completely different style but it works, it even looked great!

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These pages show some conversion of barges, seen from the outside. I don't judge these conversions, they are just boats I spotted while walking around!




Frajac (New upper structure)

The Frajac is a spits hull with a whole new upper structure, which include a specially designed entrance, wheelhouse and water cleaning system based on plants.

Leopard (Upper structure in glass)

On the den, after removing the hatches, a new level has been built in metal with a lot of glass giving enough light for a nice accommodation!

Mi Amor (A complete change)

The Mi Amor received a complete new construction, just keeping the hull. It looks very alternative...

Nebo (replacing wheelhouse)

The spits Nebo received a new wheelhouse, completely glass. The frame is metal and attached to the back accommodation.

Speranza (shortening)

The Speranza is a shortened spits barge. She was shortened by the owner on the Canal in the summer op 2006.

Spes Salutis (Raising of the Den)

The Spes Salutis had her den being raised on a third of her cargo hold; giving the owner more space and a higher living area. This small addition is in line with the vessel and a nice example of combining the traditional look with comfort.



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Luctor (Platform on hatches)

On the hatches and den of the Luctor a new platform was built.

Watergeus (new den)

For a complete report with pictures and descriptions of the outside conversion of the Watergeus, click here!



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