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
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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 2011

June 2011

23rd June 2011: Broken battery charger

The last couple of weeks I had not been on board for a long period. I spent most of my time in the Netherlands working on the Hornblower.

While I was in the wheelhouse, checking the back accommodation, I noticed my charger was no longer active. Everything I tried, it didn't help...

Three years ago I bought an expensive loader which was supposed to last a few years, not three!

25th June 2011: Bulkhead

For a long period, I'm considering to bring my ship under the new regulations for sailing. This means I need a bulkhead in the engine room. I'm cleaning the area at the moment, measuring and looking where to put ribs, plates, etc...

In the afternoon I filled my water tanks and had a chat aboard the Frantsis. A lot of work has been done aboard the Frantsis!

The same with the Watergeus! I have not been working on her for a period, but the condition changes quickly. I'm glad I did sell the Escapade. It would have been to much work to maintain three vessels.




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