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.
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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 • July 2012

July 2012

1st July 2012

There are a lot of things that I need to do in the coming weeks. I'm not sure where to put my priority...

There was one piece of the bow that was still in red paint. I was doubting what colour I should give. This evening I painted it white!

2nd July: Welding and exhaust

I see the welding work coming to an end. I might need to weld a few more hours and then the bulkhead is totally finished, including the metal floor of the wheelhouse! The last big plate of the bulkhead is now in position.

I took the last bit of the exhaust. It is so thin I might as well make a total new one... It became to late to make noise, so I gave up working today!

8th July 2012

Yesterday I spent a day removing useful parts from a sailing boat. Two windows from the wheelhouse are just perfect for my wheelhouse! I will order a new one and then I need somebody to help mount them!

The weather is still very bad, a lot of rain. I have a busy week starting from tomorrow. I hope I can do something, progress is becoming slower and I don't like that!

9th July 2012: Sleeping room

The little time I had today was spent on the sleeping room. I tried finishing one wall.

10th July 2012: Sleeping room

11th July 2012: Sleeping room

14th July 2012: Small jobs

The last couple of weeks were horrible for working outside. It is always raining. My father joined me today for carrying some heavier stuff. I put my generator back on the boat. It had been on the Watergeus for going to the yard.

I had some spare stairs in the front accommodation of the watergeus. They came from an old spits barge. I will need them for the living room of the Hornblower. They are now in position. I still need to shorten the stairs.

The little lifeboat I recovered from that trawler last weekend is now on the roof of the Hornblower.

30th July 2012

Drawing the schemes for the plumbing does take some time.

31st July 2012: Sleeping room

I just can't get the sleeping room finished. It seems like an endless job. All those little corners and shapes that need wood.

I spent some time calling for prices for windows. I want to replace the wheelhouse windows as quick as possible to finish the kitchen as well.






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