Living afloat
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.
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
(and old stuff - outdated)
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..
Recognize a barge
Buying a barge
Converting a barge
Barge to the yard
Safety on a barge
Converted barges
Barge stories!
Waterways & harbours
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MS Tordino
The Tordino is a Friese Maatkast built in 1922. She is being converted into a floating museum.
MS Aquarel
The Aquarel is an authentic klipperaak from 1916 converted for exhibitions and with a permanent small museum of maritime artifacts. She was sold in 2016 and is now a houseboat in Zaandam.
MY Op Hoop van Zegen
Op Hoop van Zegen
The 'Op Hoop van Zegen' is a lemmeraak from 1916. She was 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.
HomeTordino • History


The Tordino was built in 1922 as a sleepkast of 46 meters long and 6,3 meters wide. She had no engine and no wheelhouse.

  • 1922: Built at the shipyard Van Aken & Blokland in Hardinxveld.
  • 1942: Sold to Vereenigde Brandstoffenhandel NV uit Rotterdam and renamed to Charlotte
  • 1952:
    • Motorised with a Kromhout motor.
    • Loading capacity of the hold was reduced from 439 tonnes to 419 tonnes.
  • 1968:
    • Sold to Thomas Bultje from Schiedam and renamed to Riantho
    • She got another engine at the shipyard in Zwolle.
  • 1970: Sold to H. Drenth uit Hoogeveen and renamed to Quo Vadis
  • 1978: Sold to A.J. Janssen uit Almelo and renamed to Bianca
  • 1992: New engine: Volvo Penta TAMD122
  • 2010: Sold to Rubicon from Capelle a/d IJssel and renamed to Tordino
  • 2013: Sold to J. Balvert uit Woerden, the name of teh vessel was kept.  


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