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
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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
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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.
HomeConversion • June 2010

June 2010

Together with a friend 'the neighbour' I bought a second ship. It is an old beurtschip. It might take some time before I start working on the Watergeus again.

12th June 2010: Cruising

I made a little cruise from Bruges to Ghent on a barge with my girlfriend. A time to relax. Sun was shining, but I had to wear glasses since it hurt to much.

My neighbour added a second coat and the last plate was welded on the Frantsis.

22nd June 2010: Steilsteven Vrijheid

No, I didn't buy another boat, instead I visited one in the yacht harbour in Bruges near the railway station.

24th June 2010: Barge visitors

Another lovely evening, one more for me to rest. The owner of the barge I visited on Tuesday came by to visit the two boats, the Watergeus and the Frantsis. It is always nice to exchange ideas and have a chat on boats and living afloat.

25th June 2010: Arma

A longtime ago I helped a few people finding a barge. They would use her as a centre for young people. I recommended them the Arma, a strongly built maatkast with the look of a Luxe Motor. More on that ship, the Arma, can be found here and here.

Today it was the official opening of the barge, and I was invited. It felt good to see a successful project!

30th June 2010: BBQ

Working day after day on a barge is long gone for me. I have done it to many times. You need to take at least one evening of during the week where you don’t work on your ship! We had a little bbq aboard the Frantsis.

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