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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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.
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Op Hoop van Zegen
The 'Op Hoop van Zegen' is a lemmeraak from 1916. She was converted into a classic looking yacht.
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MS Hornblower
The Hornblower was a project of converting a snik into a yacht. I sold her in 2014 to start another project.
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Conversion of the Watergeus

Me and my boat in December 2005
At this moment, the Watergeus is my living, a comfortable cozy houseboat. This blog starts when I found the ship and will continue for as long as I own the ship. Any progress will be published in this section. It also contains some of my personal notes!

To find more about converting a Dutch barge in general, click here.

The whole story started on 27th December 2005 when Andy an I drove to Sluiskil to have a look at a small fishing boat for sale...

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2006 - Yard and outside work

2007 - Outside work

2008 - Starting the hold

2009 - Continuing on the hold

2010 - Outside work

2011 - Back accommodation & MJ Escapade

2012 -Yard visit for the Watergeus





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