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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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The Tordino is a Friese Maatkast built in 1922. She is being converted into a floating museum.
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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 • October 2011

October 2011

1st October 2011: Engine and sleep!

The little trip in the evening was not a good idea. I did a minor repair on the engine and slept for the rest of the day.

3rd October 2011: Wood work

I'm starting to feel a little better. I did some wood work in the living room.

4th October 2011: Wood work

I drilled some more holes in the ribs of the boat.

6th October 2011: Wood work


8th October 2011: Shopping

In the morning I bought some insulation for the Hornblower.

12th October 2011: Wood work

I continued insulating the boat. I did the gang boards. The side panel was mounted, as well as some other wood. It looks more finished now. At the end of the evening I drilled the holes for the electricity sockets. Since I've ran out of insulation, I'll have to wait till Saturday.

14th October 2001: Painting

I went buying some more insulation.

In the afternoon, I did a quick paint job. The Hornblower is looking much better now!

15th October 2011: Painting

The roof received a second coat of paint. It might be the last nice day before the winter will start.

In the morning the engine was ran, but it does not make a change. The gearbox needs a service!

18th October 2011: Drilling holes

Finishing the other side of the living room is the plan for this week. It all starts with drilling holes!

20th October 2011: Wooden frame

I mounted the wooden frame against the ribs of the boat. I gave the metal a second coat of paint. It is now ready for insulation.

The wooden frame is bolted to the metal ribs.

22nd October 2011: Cleanup

I have now owned the boat since April. Ever since, I have always put more stuff on the boat. Things I found or got, tools and pieces from my other ship, I filled it up in less then seven months. The bathroom area was cleaned in the morning, the wheelhouse in the afternoon. The ship is looking much bigger again.

I removed the kitchen unit, which wasn't working anyway.

23rd October 2011: Living room

The other side of the living room was planned for today. It took me some time to figure out why there was a 20cm difference in the starboard side of the living room. It wa only in the late afternoon I discovered the error I made. This means I lost a lot of time.

By the end of the evening, I made some progress.

29th October 2011: Painting

Since I'm only planning to put the tongue and groove wood in April next year, I decided to paint the sheets of multiplex in the living room. It makes it nicer to work and to have my coffee!

At least it is now much cleaner

Looking slightly bigger when painted in white

The front deck with a big storage unit

31st October 2011: Bathroom

It is now starting all over again, cleaning the hull, drilling holes, building a frame, putting insulation, .... I'm now working room by room, but it is often getting boring as well!

>> November 2011

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