Living afloat
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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Op Hoop van Zegen
The 'Op Hoop van Zegen' is a lemmeraak from 1916. She is being converted into a classic looking yacht.
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The Hornblower was a project of converting a snik into a yacht. I sold her in 2014 to start another project.
HomeOp Hoop van Zegen Conversion • May 2016

May 2016

6th May 2016

While cruising around on the water, some pictures of the 'Op Hoop van Zegen':

She will look that much better with descent windows on port side

13th May 2016

I made preparations for the job tomorrow. Even the old interior is totally gone, the hold is stuffed up with wood and other items I salvaged. To work a bit more efficient in such a small area

14th May 2016

The windows on port side still needed replacing. The three plastic sheets of glass will be replaced by two RAFA windows and one brass porthole. It took me over one hour to remove the previous frames. It was glued to the metal and I haven't seen such a strong glue!

My generator didn't want to start. Thankfully a neighbour in one of the houses gave me power to continue working. After several hours, port side was done. I got a frame for a porthole, and two windows mounted. It was a successfully day and a another step forward. Now I can start cleaning the hold and paint it.

Frames that will hold the porthole

One of the RAFA windows

Windows mounted on the left side

New entrance to the front cabin

15th May 2016

Still struggling to solve my generator, by disconnecting the sensors, it worked. Not the right way to do it, but I had to drill several holes for the bolts that will hold the porthole. I can barely lift the porthole, so I have to make sure they are thick enough.

The rest of the day, I went shopping for paint and continued removing rust from the ceiling and sides. By the end of the evening, some bits were already painted.


16th May 2016

I finished the paint on the upper part of the hold and the ceiling. It looks nice in one colour. Late in the evening, I built the wooden frame and supports for the new ceiling.

17th May 2016

21st May 2016

I often buy paint in big quantity when there is a promotion in a DIY store. The problem I found last week was that this only had 6 tins of paint. So I drove around several shops from the same company to get some more paint.

25th May 2016

We finished the entrance and the last porthole is now mounted.

31st May 2016

I had another look at my ship in the evening. It had been raining and had no idea if any water came in. When I opened the hatch, I noticed my bilges had been filled up with water, around half a meter. I didn't know what to do. My generator was still dry, so I went home, changed clothes and started hovering. The generator was running in the accommodation and I had to be on my knees to get to the bilges. because of the smell and fumes, I nearly turned away. A friend came to help and the generator moved into my car. At least I can now work silently and without having to breath Exhaust fumes.

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