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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 'Op Hoop van Zegen' is a lemmeraak from 1916. She is being converted into a classic looking yacht.
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HomeOp Hoop van Zegen Conversion • October 2016

October 2016

1st October 2016

A long time since I did something structural to the 'Op Hoop van Zegen'. I built the wheelhouse floor. Makes it easier for walking around and finishing the sides. I have some old oak I will use to finish the floor, but this is for later. I still need to paint the rest of the wheelhouse before I put the topcoat on the floor.

Working in the wheelhouse

14th October 2016

It is now pretty sure the 'Op Hoop van Zegen' will be sold, so I started emptying the accommodation and engine room. If the sale would not go through, this would still be a good thing to do. She was getting filled up and it took me longer to convert her. I had to move around my stuff before I was able to get anywhere. After a whole day, I took half of my stuff out. I will need another day.

16th October 2016

The engine room is empty now, or at least most of it! I had a nice collection of hard wood stored in the engine room since I had no other place to store it. Everything is now on the Watergeus. I hope not for to long. I wonder how many times I have already moved that wood ;-)

18th October 2016

My last tools are now from the ship. She raised approximately 7 cm's at the front and 4 cm's at the back. I will certainly miss this ship. I had many plans, but I'm pretty sure I will find another project where I ca save a ship and give it another bright future!

Last picture I took of her

As she will always remind me off: A very strong hull

20th October 2016

I sold the ship.

I gave the lemmeraak 'Op Hoop van Zegen' a new life. If I didn't rebuilt her, she was likely to be scrapped. I hope the new owner has the talent and know-how to finish this project. I wish him luck with the ship.

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