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
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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.
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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.
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

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.

Click here to follow the conversion

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