Living afloat
The story of the Luxe Motor Watergeus, the Groningse snik Hornblower, the Historische klipperaak Aquarel, the lemmeraak 'Op Hoop van Zegen', the Friese maatkast Tordino 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..
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MS Tordino
The Tordino is a Friese Maatkast built in 1922. She is being converted into a floating museum.
MS Aquarel
The Aquarel is an authentic klipperaak from 1916 converted for exhibitions and with a permanent small museum of maritime artifacts. She was sold in 2016 and is now a houseboat in Zaandam.
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Op Hoop van Zegen
The 'Op Hoop van Zegen' is a lemmeraak from 1916. She was converted into a classic looking yacht.
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MS Hornblower
The Hornblower was a project of converting a snik into a yacht. I sold her in 2014 to start another project.
HomeHornblowerConversion • August 2011

August 2011

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26th August 2011: Cleaning and painting

During the week the bow was raised. It has been done with a double feeling. It changes the look of the ship, it is not an original (historical) alternation. I've made the decision for a few reasons. She was not looking original anyway, but I need some more space in the ship. Once the deck is raised, you can sit on it as well.

I must admit, when I first saw her, it looked bigger then I expected. The pictures below don't give an accurate view of the size. It is bigger then it looks. Once the anchor winch is mounted, the railing and the bollards, it will look different!

The Hornblower with her raised deck

The bow is looking good

The bow was straightened and raised. It is now a solid construction again

The newly created storage space

27th August 2011: Bathroom

Yesterday evening I painted the bow, outside and inside. Today I started early by cleaning and repainting the roof of the bathroom.

In the afternoon I worked in the bathroom, insulating one side and putting in some basic wood. I mounted the portholes as well.

Roof of the bathroom repainted

The new area, partly painted

Some basic woodwork and insulation in the bathroom

Picture taken while in the mast of the neighbours vessel


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