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 • August 2011

August 2011

3rd August 2011: Deck storage

Near the wheelhouse are two storage units, also called tabernakels. One of them contains my deck pump, the other one is filled with spare ropes. I cleaned one today, painted it and it looks good. I'll do the other one tomorrow.

6th & 7th August 2011: Amsterdam

I was in Amsterdam for some family visit and decided to have a look at the smaller boats on the canals.

9th August 2011: Deck storage & deck

I continued cleaning the deck storage and the area around it. Later in the evening I painted everything, some bits a second coat, some of them for the first time.

28th August 2011: Bulkhead

I finally started with the bulkhead in the engine room. Since I will bolt the plates first and weld them on a later stage, the main job was drilling holes.

30th August 2011: Bow

I want to mount two portholes in the bow of the ship. It can be good, but it might look wrong as well. I must make sure it doesn't look like two eyes watching like a fish. Instead of just cutting a hole, I took the little work boat and drawed them on the hull with chalk. I will take the second one, the nearest one to the anchor.

The left one will most likely become the right one

A nice example of portholes in a Luxe Motor (Admiraal Tromp in Brentford, London)

A nice example of portholes in a Luxe Motor (Admiraal Tromp in Brentford, London)


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