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.
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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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The Tordino is a Friese Maatkast built in 1922. She is being converted into a floating museum.
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Op Hoop van Zegen
The 'Op Hoop van Zegen' is a lemmeraak from 1916. She was converted into a classic looking yacht.
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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 2012

June 2012

2nd June 2012: Painting

While I have to wait for the bus of the shaft to arrive, we had plenty of time left. The weather was good, so we started painting. First the red part and then a silver line around the ship. I've painted the bow in silver as well. The rudders are now red again.

Before painting the bow



5th June: In the water

The shaft was fixed in the morning. We were lowered in the water at four o'clock. They had to wait for the tide before launching a ship in the water. Another ship was next to me. They had to lower it in the water before I could go.

While I had to wait, the crane people lifted my anchor so she is out of the water. The big skylight from the Frantsis is now underneath my hatches. It is looking better like this.

6th June 2012: to Beernem

I have no experience on mooring a ship on a tidal river. They gave me some advice at the yard, but every few hours I woke up to adjust my ropes. One of the guys was afraid the front bollard wouldn't hold the current, so I added a few more ropes.

The crew arrived at eleven o'clock and we started at one. We had to wait for the right tide. It was a nice and relaxing journey. The weather was not to bad. No rain and no wind. Sadly enough no sun as well...

Late in the evening, we made it to to Beernem where I would stay for one night.

Going much faster with a clean ship

At Schellebelle...

In the lock of Merelbeke

7th June 2012: To Bruges

We left at six o'clock and arrived three hours later on the mooring. Everything went well till I touched a 380v cable and hurt myself...

The rest of they day I decided to keep it easy and relax...



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