Living afloat
The story of the Luxe Motor Watergeus, the Groningse snik Hornblower, the klipperaak Aquarel, the lemmeraak 'Op Hoop van Zegen', the Friese maatkast Tordino and how to convert a Dutch barge into a houseboat.
 
MS Watergeus
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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MS Tordino
The Tordino is a Friese Maatkast built in 1922. She is being converted into a floating museum.
 
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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.
 
MY Op Hoop van Zegen
Op Hoop van Zegen
The 'Op Hoop van Zegen' is a lemmeraak from 1916. She is being 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.
 
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Wheelhouse

Description

The wheelhouse is built above the engine room. The wooden construction can be taken off, so it can more easily pass through low bridges. Since it hasn't been taken off in the last 20 years I wouldn't like to try it.

Wheelhouse
Wheelhouse and blue board in December 2006


The wheelhouse as she looks in March 2007

The wheelhouse has a big bench and a wooden hatch to go down in the back accommodation. Next to the steering wheel is the control panel with information on engine and generator. There is also a bilge alarm and gas detection.

Wheelhouse
Wheel, control panel and Sailor RT144 radio

Future

The wheelhouse needs a lot of attention in the future. The bench will get a nice table in the middle, all wires for electricity and control panel have to be replaced. The wheelhouse needs to be sanded outside and inside. The roof will be replaced, since it is leaking on several places.

New electricity (220v), fire extinguishers and curtains will be added in the near future.

 
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