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The story of the Luxe Motor Watergeus, the Groningse snik Hornblower, the Historische klipperaak Aquarel, the lemmeraak 'Op Hoop van Zegen', the Friese maatkast Tordino and how to convert a Dutch barge into a houseboat.
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HomeTordinoConversion • August 2017

August 2017

1st August 2017

Electricity is done, or at least, most of it. I have light in the Library, toilets, Office room, entrance and at the water tanks.

2nd August 2017

Besides working on the Tordino, I also need to work on the collection and what will eventually be shown in the museum once it is finished. I drove to Amsterdam to pick up a few boat models. While I was there, I visited a close friend. It was already to dark to drive through Amsterdam City to take pictures of the houseboats. Will be for another time.

6th August 2017

The entrance still needed some finishing. I believed doing it within a few hours. I still wasn't finished at the end of the day.

10th August 2017

I finished the entrance of the ship and the stairway. This is now ready for painting.

One of the fixed items in the hold are a few old hatches. They are heavy and I had to cut them the right size. From my previous ship, the Aquarel, I had a few supports for the hatches left. They are are metal, so I had to cut them the right length. It took me most of the day to move it around, measure and get it in the right position. Working with wooden hatches must have been a hard life in the early days!

11th August 2017

Wooden panels and t&g still had to be done above the toilet area. It is not the best area to work, since you can't stand up and if you forget something, it is a climbing down with ladders, tables and steps.

12th August 2017

The construction for the old den of a ship with wooden hatches continued. I now put the plywood on. Once this is painted, I can build the supports. Inside the corridor to the toilets, wood work is finished as well. I don't want to count how many packages of t&g I already used on this ship.

Looking at the entrance and the toilets

Building a replica of a den with authentic hatches

Entrance to the Library room

The furniture is temporary stored in the Library room

13th August 2017

Still doing smaller jobs that fit the puzzle of my conversion. The entrance and platform were painted while I built the floor down the steps. The stage for the lifeboat is built. It took me some time since I couldn't move her that much.

Wile closing the ship, I looked in one of the hatches and found the blue cover of my current lifeboat. At least she won't be filling up with water again. I don't like an open life boat outside.

14th August 2017

Shopping day, getting the stuff I need for the rest of the week.

15th August 2017

A short day of work. Mainly doing smaller things like cleaning an old wood burning stove for the wheelhouse...

Old wood burning stove in the wheelhouse

16th August 2017

A short day of working. Doing small bits a bit everywhere. I also started cleaning the hold by moving everything to the workshop.

17th August 2017

Two name signs were mounted. It took some time since they were heavy and had to be hang on top of the wall. I put some hard wooden strips around corners and doors where needed.

18th August 2017

The door between the workshop and the Library room is mounted.

Some more details were done around the replica of the den and I mounted some equipment in the wheelhouse.

19th August 2017

We moved the ship in the morning; The entrance of the hold should be better positioned now, so people can get easily aboard. Since my neighbour didn't move and the gangway would be on his garden, I moved Tordino.

20th August 2017

Working till nighttime

21st August 2017

Just went to Ghent to get some stuff for the museum. While I was there, I took some pictures. In the evening, I ordered some prints of my photos for the exhibition. There is still so much stuff to do!

22nd August 2017

I was surprised to see what I've done in four hours of work. Not much. I'm hanging the old tools on wooden panels. It takes much more time then expected. Just hope to be ready on time for the 10th September 2017. Also realised I have to build a work bench to show some of my tools.

23rd August 2017

Building work bench

24th August 2017


25th August 2017

Work table and smaller things

26th August 2017

Finishing and hanging frames

27th August 2017

Like I already mentioned earlier, besides working on the ship, I also need to take care of the content for the exhibition. I bought a few old photo albums in Sas van Gent, not far from where I've lived on the Watergeus. The seller also had the letters DOUANE from the customs office in Zelzate. They will look good aboard Tordino.

30rd August 2017

Just driving up and down with some more stuff. I think one of the most annoying things during the conversion of a ship is getting stuff aboard.


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