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The 'Op Hoop van Zegen' is a lemmeraak from 1916. She is being converted into a classic looking yacht.
 
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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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