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
(and old stuff - outdated)
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
Converting a barge
Barge to the yard
Safety on a barge
Converted barges
Barge stories!
Waterways & harbours
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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.
Home Engine room

Engine room


Accessible through a trunk from starboard side deck is the engine compartment, containing the main and auxiliary machinery, fuel and domestic water tanks and electrical equipment.

The main engine is a DAF 1160. At each side of this engine, their is a domestic water tank and an fuel tank. Every of the four tanks have capacity of 1000 liters.

At port side, their is the heater for the central heating used in the back accommodation.

Central heating
Central heating of the brand BOL

At starboard side is the water & bilge pump, an compressor and the battery charger. Behind the stairs you can locate the fuel pomp and the air blow for the horn.

Engine room
Engine room with view on fundaments of original engine

In the engine room, you can still see the big fundaments of the original engine, a Climax Ruwolie 2 cylinder. Where the fundaments go bigger, as can be seen on the picture here above, the fly wheel was located.

work bench
On portside, a small workbench is mounted on the side of the fuel tank.

Extended engine room

The old engine room bulkhead was removed when she was used as a water supply vessel. I kept this and built an new bulkhead a bit further, extending the engine room with two meters. In that new space, I put my generator and two dirty water tanks. The cooling system of my engine room also located in this small area.

Cooling of the main engine
Cooling of the engine, picture taken before the new bulkhead was placed

The generator used to be in the same corner of my engine cooling system, as can be seen on the following picture, taken on 27th December 2006:

Old generator
The old generator, water cooled...

Since that generator was broken (had been underwater for over two years), I bought another generator, an 1 cylinder Petter.


The fuse box for the back accommodation and wheelhouse is also located in the engine room. They are connected to the main fuse box in the front cabin by a three phase power cable.

A new fuse box will be placed in May 2007 for the new 220v sockets in the back accommodation and wheelhouse.

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