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
(and old stuff - outdated)
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..
Recognize a barge
Buying a barge
Converting a barge
Barge to the yard
Safety on a barge
Converted barges
Barge stories!
Waterways & harbours
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Photo Gallery
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.
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.


General maritime websites:

Specific boat websites:

Inland vessels

  • Anthonetta: The Anthonetta is a converted Luxe Motor. She is built in 1929 and is now functioning as a house boat in Rotterdam.
  • Capri: The Capri is a Dutch Barge built in 1916 in Amsterdam. She is used as motor yacht / house boat.
  • Esme: The Esme is a Luxe Motor, built in 1927. She will be mainly used as a house boat.
  • Hoop van Zegan: The Hoop van Zegan is an in 1911 Dutch built Hagenaar. She has been converted for living aboard.
  • Hope: The Humber keel Hope has been converted to a house boat.
  • Johmar: The Johmar is a Dutch Barge built in 1935. She is now used as motor yacht and house boat.
  • Joma: A Luxe Motor built in 1935 and these days used as a B&B on the Isle of Wight
  • Nova Cura: The Nova Cura is an Luxe Motor, built in 1928. She has been restored to original condition. She is now used as house boat and office.
  • Saul Nomad: Saul Nomad is a replica of a 1920/1930's style barge. The websites contains information from the building to the launching to the finishing touch!
  • Van Nelle: The Van Nelle is a Dutch Barge built in 1915. She is being used as a motor yacht and house boat.



  • Unterelbe: A Finnish coaser built in 1939, still trading cargo!


  • MS Elbe: A Dutch ocean going tug, now preserved in Rotterdam


  • AMS 60 Bernisse: The Bernisse is a coastal minesweeper built in Belgium in 1954.
  • MSO Mercuur: The Mercuur is an American MSO minesweeper, now used as museum in Scheveningen.
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