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 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 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.
HomeConversion • December 2009

December 2009

1st December 2009: Front cabin

As planned a long time ago, the front cabin will become a spare bedroom. It will be built like the back accommodation, traditional looking and vanished.

Since I'm living in the hold I used this area to store everything I no longer needed. It took mme three hours to clean the area, sort out my tools, put the nails together, screws, etc... I also realised how many screw drivers I have found back!

I still have no Internet, so I don't know when another update might be uploaded.

6th December 2009: Putting the Christmas tree

Last year I wanted to mount a tree in the mast but I had no money. This year I noticed my mast was already bending because of some ropes with flags. So maybe next year....

12th December 2009: Mast

Last weekend I decided to make some changes to my mast. The few remaining ropes were rotten and flags were all gone. I bought around 100 meter of steel cable, all different sizes and types. It took me around a day to finish the whole project, but the result looks good.

In the afternoon, one of the last remaining jobs was done in the living room. Double glass was mounted in the skylight to prevent condensation loose of heat.

16th-17th-18th - 19th December 2009

I had my annual holiday in England and the Netherlands visiting friends and barges!


Sluiskil, where I used to be moored

20th December 2009

It was snowing the last couple of days and so it continued today. It gave me the perfect occasion of taking some pictures:

Anchor winch and bow rudder steering covered wit snow

In the afternoon, the owner of the art ship was giving a midwinter party!

25th December 2009: Christmas

First of all I want to wish everyone a Merry Christmas!

As you could read, the last two months I haven't done much work on the ship. I have many plans such as finishing the front, converting the storage area into a room, putting a new floor in the wheelhouse, sanding the inside and repair the wheelhouse, etc...

I'm making a planning for all these jobs. I would like to start halfway January with the wheelhouse.

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