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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
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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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 • October 2012

October 2012

7th October 2012

Just some pictures...

9th October 2012

11th October 2012

When it started raining, the windows were mounted and the kit became hard! A perfect timing and a nice result! Good pictures will follow anther day since it is now raining to much!

14th October 2012

I had two small leaks in the windows. It took me some time find the issues and to solve the problem. Once this was over, I started building the wooden walls to hide the metal and the frame for around the windows.

20th October 2012

The most busiest period at my work is finally over. Today I could spent some time aboard the Hornblower.

22nd October 2012

The windows are finished and so is most of the welding aboard the Hornblower. All the covers are gone and she looks like a real ship again. I removed the card board from the windows, including over 200 meter of duck tape.


The windows at the end of the wheelhouse are well looking

23rd October 2012

I should have taken some pictures before I started painting. Nevertheless, I painted the top of the wheelhouse, around the windows. It was all black or painted with a gray prime. In the last month, the Hornblower didn't look that great. She was covered in a big sail or she looked dirty. By painting it quickly, I made a big difference.

25th October 2012

Building a frame is one of the jobs I like doing most. I spent the evening building the frame for the side of of the wheelhouse. When building the frame, you can easily see how the room will look like. The frame must be solid and there should be enough supports. otherwise the panels won't hold or will start bending.


THe side of the wheelhouse. The white bit is a new piece of steel. The older plates are protected with grease.

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