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The story of the Luxe Motor Watergeus, the Groningse snik Hornblower, the klipperaak Aquarel, the lemmeraak 'Op Hoop van Zegen' and how to convert a Dutch barge into a houseboat.
 
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The Hornblower was a project of converting a snik into a yacht.
 
HomeHornblowerConversion • April 2013

April 2013

13th April 2013

I build a table for the wheelhouse. At least you can now sit down, have a drink or a meal! I'm nearing the end of the jobs for the wheelhouse. Starts to look great.

14th April 2013

Most of the wheelhouse is finished. I did some details on the woodwork. Those details took most of the day.

15th April 2013

Some more metal on the outside had to be painted. I've painted the railing and the remaining items after cleaning them. The whole ship starts to look good.

It is nice to have a nice weather. It is was late, but still a clear sky. I've started putting the inside of the wheelhouse in primer.

16th April 2013

It is becoming hard to move around in the Hornblower. I removed some of my tools and filled up the wheelhouse of the Watergeus. I can now walk around and paint the remaining ceiling and sides.

17th April 2013

Probably the last day of nice weather. I oiled the little mast and the doors of the ship. Most of the outside is now protected. I can start to concentrate on the inside again. It is surprising that after one winter the wood was looking so neglected. I oiled it with two coats last September.

18th April 2013

Since I have a table in the wheelhouse, we decided to eat on the Hornblower. A close friend came and we had a good meal! She liked it, I was looking at all the work that still needs doing. After two years of heavy work, I realise I still need to do a lot of things. Instead of talking of years, it is now a mater of months. When I bought the Hornblower, I always said it will take me three years and I'm not far off!

20th April 2013

Putting primer on the wood in the wheelhouse and the bathroom took me a whole day. I'm happy with the result.

 

 
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