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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The Tordino is a Friese Maatkast built in 1922. She is being converted into a floating museum.
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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.
HomeConversion • November 2008

November 2008

Important (What I learned this month):
  1. Leave a little heat on during winter time on your ship. It will prevent damage from the cold, such as broken pipes.
  2. Painting and pictures can make a room look much more comfortable and familiar.
  3. Multiplex wood is hard to paint. It doesn't paint that nice or easy then other wood panels.

1st November 2008

In the morning I went to Furnes to pay a visit to a friend who has his barge dry-docked for repairs.

The Jama dry docked in Furnes, a lovely example of a klipperaak from 1906!

In the afternoon, I continued on the sleeping room and office space, finally finding some time to hang pictures and paintings on the wall.

2nd November 2008

Mainly worked on the sleeping room, it does take more time then expected. Two walls and the roof are finished.

4th November 2008

We worked on the side of the portholes in the sleeping room. We nearly spent four hours creating one row of pine wood. It was extremely difficult getting it right. The result is good, but we didn't get that far.

8th November 2008

Finished another wall for the sleeping room. The last one can't be done right now, we need to wait till the electrician has finished his job on that wall.

The remaining lists in the office space were mounted, and I installed some music boxes. Before you can actually call a room finished, it does take a lot of time. The problem is, I'm using it unfinished, making it harder and less useful to complete it.

9th November 2008

Worked in the bathroom, preparing the panels for the side. I can't fix them yet since water pipes, electricity and insulation have to be put. Since I had some time left and didn't know what else to do, I cut all the panels and put them in the bathroom. Saves time somewhere next year when building the bathroom.

15th November 2008

Decided not to work, but to go to Ikea and look for some smaller pieces of furniture / decoration and a kitchen. I came back with two lights and that's it. In another shop I found a new shower tray in heavy metal like the old days. They had to lift it in our car with two people.

16th November 2008

Mainly worked in the office space and corridor, putting little lists. In the evening, I filled my water tanks for the back accommodation. The more weight in the back, the better for steering. I'm also trying to figure out how much more weight I'll need since my library and watertanks are near the front of the ship.

21st November 2008

Mainly worked on the electricity today.

All cables put in pipes, it does look nicer like this

Cable running over the ceiling

22nd November 2008

While we worked on the electricity it started snowing. TOday, they would deliver the new fridge to the neighbour. The first time snow and she had to open her wheelhouse roof..

In the afternoon we made up another fusebox would be necessary, since we forgot to calculate the boiler and the cooking equipment for the kitchen, three very power consuming equipment. I bought a bigger fusebox, so the tools in the engine room and the back accommodation could also become connected to this new box in the future. An expensive cost now, but in the end it had to be done anyway.

The additional fusebox, large enough for the future

The kitchen, cables nicely put away

My parents worked on the sleeping room, while I helped pulling cables for the ship. After two days of work, the bathroom and kitchen are nearly finished.

The last remaining wall of the sleeping room, nearly finished

23th November 2008

It was to cold to work, I tried but without success. While having a coffee at my neighbour, it started snowing, and after ten minutes, everything started getting covered with snow, the perfect time to take pictures.

Ship covered with snow

24th November 2008

After yesterday, I'm pretty sure the winter has started. Why? Well it is again colder inside then outside.

29th November 2008

Worked on the inside of the office desk, hiding all the electric cables and mounting supports for the computer cables. The more I work in the office space, the nicer it starts to look. Also, painting and pictures can make it look much more comfortable.

In the afternoon I emptied my lifeboat again. Once every two months I have to empty it, since the cover is to short and rain water does come in.

30th November 2008

The sleeping room is finished, now I need to put the small lists, corner profiles and paint the whole room.

I made two door lists, one for the bedroom and one for the corridor. It keeps the doors from being taken further then the winches can hold. A normal carpenter would take 15 minutes to make them it took me over an hour. The result looked good.

In the afternoon I went looking to the Julie and how they made the engine running. The way some people can handle an engine and repair it is really incredible. Sadly it didn't ran, but I learned again more in one afternoon then I learned the last couple of weeks.


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