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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.
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HomeConversion • November 2010

November 2010

8th November 2010: Sitting area

Where the sleeping room used to be in the back accommodation, I built a set of benches. I finished most of the area.

13th November 2010: Wood

Some more woodwork was done in the back accommodation, mainly finishing one side with tongue and groove pine wood. It is a slow job, but I like the result.

I removed the remaining electricity cables, include the whole 24v circuit. It is to expensive to maintain a 24v circuit when I have mains power and I never sail the Watergeus.

14th November 2010: Out of wood

In the afternoon I continued working on the back accommodation, but discovered I had ran out of wood. So I cleaned the room and made everything ready for tiling the shower and bathroom.

15th & 16th November 2010: Heating

My neighbour is having some trouble with her diesel heater. On Monday I temporary mounted a small heater, but it was to small. So today I had to put back the other one. It is one of the most dirty jobs since fuel and ashes really get deep into your hands. It takes ages to clean them.

17th November 2010: Water pump

The workbench in the engine room was extended so I could mount the waterpump. There is also enough space for some tools like spanners and screw drivers. I still have to paint the new construction in case I ever have a leak. The wood will be protected.

The plans for the little yacht are finished. I now have to draw them in scale, once this is done I'll post the plans.

19th November 2010:

20th November 2010: Shower

Since I build the shower myself, the wooden construction needs to be waterproof. My sheets of multiplex are waterproof, but actually that is only the glue they used to fabricate them. Therefore a seal has been glued over the sheets. It needs to dry a day, so I'll see when I continue tiling the shower area.

21st November 2010: Walls

Finishing the walls with tongue and grove is a boring job. After a while you it becomes so repetitive. It looks good when it is finished and that is the most important thing!

22nd November 2010: Wall

Another wall in the back accommodation is finished. One more to go, the last one.

Where the kitchen will come

23th November 2010: Rain

26th November 2010: What do you need

Since I have a small car I had to sort out what tools I might need tomorrow aboard the yacht. Last time, for the Frantsis we had a large car that was filled up to the roof. Now I only have a third of the space.

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