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.
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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.
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.
HomeHornblowerConversion • February 2012

February 2012

2nd February 2012: Ice

Ice was formed around the hull and inside the boat. On Monday I noticed condensation was frozen to the windows. I was more worried when I discovered there was ice in the cooling system of the engine. I quickly bought an extra heater to heat the engine room.

4th February 2012

It is still cold with temperatures of minus 9°C.

5th February 2012: Cleaning the back area

Since it is to cold to work on the engine or to weld the plates and ribs for the wheelhouse , I cleaned the back area where all the wood is stored. I want to measure the area and make some plans for the conversion. I put some more blankets around to keep the heat in the engine room.

7th February 2012: Measuring

I did some measuring in the bedroom and realised I barely have some space to put a normal two person bed. It was very disappointing...

8th February 2012: Ceiling

I started insulating the ceiling of the bedroom. I hope to keep the heat more in the boat. The bedroom is a small area, but with with a difficult curve. Everybody knows there is nothing straight on a boat, but this area is a real disaster!

9th February 2012: Wall

I've ran out of insulation, so I built the frame for the wall that will divide sleeping room from the back of the boat.

10th February 2012: Framework

11th February 2012: Cleaning, shopping and ceiling

12th February 2012: Ceiling

On the weather forecast they mentioned from today on the freezing period is over. Personally, I didn't notice much difference. Ice melted on the boat, but the canal was still frozen and I had cold feet while working!

I'm running out of wood, insulation and even screws. I'm a little short of money this month so I might have to stop working on the boat. There are still a lot of other jobs I could do, but it is still to cold...


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