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.
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 Aquarel
The Aquarel is an authentic klipperaak from 1916 converted for exhibitions and with a permanent small museum of maritime artifacts.
MY Op Hoop van Zegen
Op Hoop van Zegen
The 'Op Hoop van Zegen' is a lemmeraak from 1916. She is being 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.
HomeOp Hoop van Zegen Conversion • September 2016

September 2016

4th September 2016

Just back from London, I wanted to do something. I'm not in the mood for working. I want to drive my ship, not convert it. I made the priority to finish the wheelhouse first. A flag mast was added at the back and secured.

8th September 2016

Just started with t&g in the wheelhouse. I had some old nice wood, but it was to hard to use it. Nothing is straight and I would lose to much of the wood when cutting it the right size. i'll use it on another project one day...

9th September 2016

I added some more t&g to the sides of the wheelhouse. It feels cleaner already and I'm not even half way!

10th September 2016

It is the first time I've constructed a wheelhouse from scratch. I had sold the Hornblower before I even got to that stage. I was surprised to see how many cables I had to pull through from the sides, engine room and back accommodation. It took me another few hours to label and mount the cables properly.

11th September 2016

The wheelhouse is slowly becoming realistic. I added some more cables, did some more T&g and I added a search light on the roof of the cabin. My parents came with navigation lights, but I didn't have the time to weld a support for those.

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