Op Hoop van Zegen
While I made several promises to myself to wait for buying another ship, I got another ship without needing one. In my lists of ships I ever wanted to have and convert, there was a tug, tjalk, fishing boat and an old Navy ship. I can now remove two of them...
The new ship called 'Op Hoop van Zegen', is a Wieringer aak or an old tjalk. Built in 1916 on an unknown yard in the Netherlands as the SL.7 Jannetje. She was used as a small trawler, based in the harbour of Stellendam, before being converted into a motor yacht in 1976. The 'Op Hoop van Zegen' is powered by a traditional GM 6-71 engine with an Alfa-Romeo gearbox, similar to the 3 cylinder engine in the Aquarel.
Does she need a lot of work? Yes she sure does. The previous owner built a wheelhouse, double the size of the accommodation on top of the ship. Her curves are totally gone. She needs a new wheelhouse, again a nice deck and the entrance to the accommodation needs to be rebuilt. Since I'm still working on the Aquarel, my current planning is to start in June 2016.