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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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 and is now a houseboat in Zaandam.
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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.
HomeLiving Afloat: The life of a boat lover (What's New!)

Living Afloat: The life of a boat lover

This page is telling the regular visitor what new information is added to the website of Living Afloat and my projects. Since I'm working on several vessels, I'm changing this page more into a blog. Updates are being posted whenever I have time. Sometimes you will see many updates, on other occasions you will have to come back next week....

If you have questions or you would like me to join to see a barge or a yacht in Belgium or the Netherlands, contact me!

29th September 2017

I finally started on the Watergeus. Yesterday we did some small repairs, made the anchor winch turn and removed some old fuel pipes. Seems simple, but it did take a lot of time.

Today, I finished removing the old wires from the wheelhouse and engine room.

26th September 2017

While I was in Ghent, i took some time to walk along the 'Oude Dokken' and take some pictures. A lot of these ships have changed since they moved to the other side. It is certainly becoming a nice area to live!

18th September 2017

Found some time again to update the blog. A lot if things are supposed to be happening in the near future, mainly on the Watergeus again. I'm making her ready for the next survey. I would like to get an European Certificate (CVO) for her.

At this moment, I'm still recovering from Sunday 10th where there was a major event aboard Tordino. Nearly 700 people came to my ship in Beernem for an exhibition about the history of the Canal and the Inland waterways.

17th September 2017

At least one day where I didn't have to work. I went to the Scheldefeesten in Baasrode and visited the museum on the old shipyard.

14th September 2017

One of the items on my wish list was an old back accommodation from a barge. There were four spits barges at the scrapyard in Hoboken. I managed to buy one of the interiors. It took me all day to get it out with the two of us. It is now in storage and should be one of the main items on Museumschip Tordino in the near future.

10th September 2017

More information will follow. Read my press statement in Dutch.








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