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
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.
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 • May 2011

May 2011

3th May 2011: The last bits of plumbing

A few flexible pipes had to be fitted. This was done today! A potential buyer came for the Escapade. He will make his decision tomorrow.

4th May 2011: Back accommodation

I worked on nearly every aspect of the back accommodation: electricity, plumbing, oiling the floor and fitting the mirror again. The water tanks in the back are now filled up and not leaking, so I can start using the whole water circuit!

9th May 2011: Back accommodation ready!

An old tug from Nieuwpoort passed along us

The kitchen

The wall dividing the sleeping area from te kitchen

The sleeping a area: A nice comfortable two person bed

Entrance to the sitting area

Where the television will come

The sitting area, nice to relax or watch television

The kitchen unit with coffee machine, boiler and micro wave

The toilet area: some minor jobs still needs to be done

The back accommodation: ready for renting

Seen from the back, the red primer is looking good. I like the new colour scheme

11th May 2011: Painting the deck

Underneath the hatches is the metal roof. It had never been painted. Since I need some metal for the Hornblower, I cleaned a big area, removed the rust and put a coat of primer. The hatches are bolted to the den, but all the bolts are rusted. I might buy some rvs bolts in the near future! It will take less time to open them.

23th May 2011: Just a picture

With the Escapade nearly sold I now have some more time for the Watergeus again. All these little jobs that needs doing can finally be done!

The back accommodation seen from the other side

27th May 2011: Oostende Voor Anker

As every year, I make a quick visit to some friends and interesting ships on Oostende Voor Anker. I was surprised to see a VIC ship being moored there. I spent most of the time board this ship.



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