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..
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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.
HomeWatergeus • Specifications



The Watergeus was lengthened in 1961. She was build as a 26 meters boat.

The nice thing about her new dimensions of the boat, I found several different measures. I believe the following ones are correct:

  • Length: 38.98 meters
  • Width: 5.24 meters
  • Draft: 1 meter



  • Brand: DAF
  • Type: 1160 6 cylinder
  • Power: 150hp

Gearbox & steering

  • Type: PRM Hydraulic
  • Steering: Mechanical by wheel


The original generator is broken It used to be Lister 2cyl. / 5,8kw (220V/380V)

The new generator is:

  • Brand: Petter 1cyl. 3000rpm
  • Type: 4.4KVA (220V)

A spare 1 cylinder Lister engine is aboard, will likely be used for a pump.


The capacity as a commercial vessel were not enough for living, so I added an extra fuel tank and a brand new waste water tank (regulations for the mooring explicitly asked for this tank). I prefer to live as independent as possible, therefore the capacity is a bit higher then on a normal houseboat.

  • Fuel tanks: 3200 litters
  • Clean water: 6000 litters (4000 in the front and 2000 in the engine room)
  • Dirty water: 3000 litters
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