Living afloat
The story of the Luxe Motor Watergeus, the Groningse snik Hornblower, the klipperaak Aquarel, the lemmeraak 'Op Hoop van Zegen' 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 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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MS Aquarel
The Aquarel is an authentic klipperaak from 1916 converted for exhibitions and with a permanent small museum of maritime artifacts.
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.
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.
HomeLiving Afloat •House boats & their interior

House boats & their interior

You can learn a lot on how (not) to convert a boat, the way it must look is more a feeling or looking at some samples. Therefore, many publishers printed books with interiors of boats. Living Afloat has an extensive collection of interior designs, some original, others completely refurbished. Vessels are added whenever I made a photo shoot of the inside.



Unknown spits from Ghent

This spits has been neglected for years. Rain was getting in, deteriorating the interior quickly. This photo shoot is an example how not to do it. It is a sad view for what was once a proud spits barge!

But don't forget, this can happen with any boat!


Thames Sailing Barges


The Northdown is an exception in multiple ways. First of all it is not a Dutch barge, but a London Thames Barge. Secondly she is a museum and not a houseboat. In her previous life, besides being a cargo boat, she served as a houseboat.


Hendrika Maria

The houseboat museum is an unique project. I have visited many boat museums, but this one is special. You get a feeling. It is a very small boat, used till the 60's for commercial use, then a houseboat and since a couple of years used as a museum.



The Lucid is a wooden minesweeper, that had been used as a house boat from the eighties till 2004. In 2005 she was donated to be converted in a minesweeper museum. Her house styled interior was removed and she is looking again like in her navy time. These photos are from the 90's.



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