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.
MY Op Hoop van Zegen
Op Hoop van Zegen
The 'Op Hoop van Zegen' is a lemmeraak from 1916. She was 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.
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September 2011

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4th September 2011: Bow

The bow is nearly finished. Two bollards on each side, the hatch and an air vent are the finishing touch of the front cabin. I did some wood work on the inside.

A friend came to say hello. He recommended me changing the bathroom. Put it in the front of the barge and keep the back area as study room and sleeping room. I might consider it!

The hatch is finished and the bollards are made

10th September 2011: Thunder

Most of the day, I spent in the fore peak of the Hornblower. I did some woodwork and some insulation.

In the evening there was bad weather.

16th July 2011: A short day

I did some more woodwork today, building a bulkhead between the forepeak and the new bathroom. I had to to a party in the evening, so I didn't stay long.

24th September 2011: Painting

I spent most of the day painting one side and cleaning the deck. In the late afternoon I started preparing for the voyage to Bruges.

Living room and bathroom

Sleeping room

Portholes in the front storage area

25th September 2011: Engine, steering and BBQ

A lot of technical issues have to be arranged before leaving Sluiskil. One of them was the cooling of the engine. The exhaust was leaking, so that needed a fix as well. The steering was not working properly and the wheelhouse was still a mess.

We had a great bbq with the neighbours in the evening.

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