17th July 2023 – I had to pick up some old post from the Watergeus. I was nicely surprised to see how they have arranged the ship, making it look like a vivid ship again. Flowers everywhere! The ship feels alive!
Category: MS Watergeus
13th May 2022 – Tomorrow I will deliver the keys to the new owners. I closed down the website watergeus.be and the Facebook page of Watergeus. The website Living Afloat which was intentionally built for people to follow the conversion of the Watergeus will remain online. I’m not leaving the water, still having the Stern and Tordino and living along the water in a canal house…
I will continue to help people with tips and tricks to live on a barge. And who knows, maybe one day I might just buy another one. All my tools are in storage, not thrown away!
For the followers of my blog, not much will change. I hope to start soon on finishing the Stern and in the meantime, you can follow the life on the canal and the museum aboard Tordino.
where it all started in December 2005
12th May 2022 – Today I removed the bedroom furniture. These where the first proper pieces put in the Watergeus. I also removed the cactuses from behind the windows, they have been there for nearly 15 years! The bedroom will be reused as firewood and the cactuses will move to Tordino for a second life!
I took some nice pictures of a clean Watergeus, ready for her new owners.
11th May 2022 – In the evening, we removed all the old metal from the ship. It looks much cleaner now, less looking like a workshop and more looking like a houseboat again. In many ways a shame I have to throw away so much stuff. On the other hand, who will ever need rusty metal plates or a half rotten lifeboat…
Tomorrow I need to remove the bedroom and then the ship is ready for delivery to her new owners.
10th May 2022 – Probably one the last days of moving stuff. I just parked my car in the street to fill it. I don’t know where to store it, but at least the boat will be empty in time.
A friend came who could use some stuff. At least I’m glad I don’t have to throw it away. I had some old traffic lights, dating back from when I had the Brother….
4th May 2022 – I have a little more stuff then expected left on the Watergeus. I drove with a car full of tools and extension cables. Nearly there. Next Wednesday, a friend will come to pick up the some heavy metal parts and remove the scrap metal.
3rd May 2022 – I drove four times to move stuff from the Watergeus, like my audio system, frames and paintings, pellets, LED lights and the big flower pots from the gangway. I still need to drive several times as far as I can see…
The more I clean the ship the less it feels like my boat. The Watergeus is losing it look and feel, but memories will stay! The end of an era is nearby.
1st May 2022 – We moved some more stuff from the Watergeus. I have some more space at Tordino, so I can continue moving stuff again. I also found a few nice objects that will be integrated in the museum.
16th April 2022 – Since the Watergeus is still my ship, since I have a lot of friends and since it was nice weather: I decided to have a party on the Watergeus, like in the old days. It was great!
28th March 2022 – The last of my servers, the one with all the pictures I’ve taken since the beginning of my boat passion was moved today. Since it still has traditional hard drives, it had to be moved carefully. It is now up and running aboard Tordino. For the people who think I’m old fashioned, I do have a backup in the cloud.
19th March 2022 – The workshop was built during the first Covid-period. I had plenty of time and was lucky to have ordered the wood and insulation two days before there was a lockdown. It now feels strange to empty this space. My parents removed most of my tools last week. Now it is up to me to take the bigger parts like the cupboards and the old panels of other barges that I was storing here.
24th February 2022 – I’ve decided to sell the Watergeus through a broker. I have enough experience to sell boats, but the time is killing me. So many projects going on, I don’t know what to do first!
23rd February 2022 – My parents painted the back accommodation of the Watergeus. It now makes me doubt if I want to sell her…
12th February 2022 – Another day of moving furniture, this time I moved cabinets for the books and pieces for the museum like steering wheels and old chairs.
4th February 2022 – After more then seventeen years, it is time to move on and find a new project. The Watergeus has been my home for as long as I can remember, I always took care of her and now she is for sale.
Interested? Have a look at http://www.watergeus.be