Living afloat

The story of the Luxe Motor MS Watergeus, the Groningse snik Hornblower and how to convert a Dutch barge into a houseboat.
Also containing one of world's largest house boat gallery
MS Watergeus
The Watergeus is my home. It's an old Dutch Luxe Motor, built in 1929.
Photo Gallery
Renting the Watergeus!
Luxe Motor
Photo Gallery
Other ships
Renting out the back accommodation of the Watergeus? Click here to find out more!
MS Hornblower
The Hornblower is my new project: an Groningse snik from 1903.
I spent most of my time in or around boats. Read what i'm doing!
MJ Escapade
In November 2010 I bought a bakdekkruiser. She was sold in 2011.
MS Frantsis
The Frantsis is a beurtschip. We (a neighbour and me) bought her in May 2010 as a small hobby project. I discontinued the project in 2011.
Living Afloat
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..
Barges for sale
Recognize a barge
Buying a barge
Converting a barge
Barge to the yard
Safety on a barge
Converted barges
Barge stories!
Waterways & harbours
Photo Gallery


I would sincerely like to thank the following people for their help:

  • Andy, for selling me the boat, his advice, beer and help!
  • Shipyard De Schroef, for the donation of the documents and history of the Watergeus
  • Rinus Verboom for his advice, tools, help and beer!
  • Eurvine & Patricia for the nice food, many help on rebuilding the boat, advice and support!
  • My parents, for their support!
  • John for his advice on the English market
  • Philippe Clarysse from the Spes Salutis for his advice on inside wood construction. My floor is based on his idea!
  • The people in Bruges, my kind neighbours and Tine especially for the good vegetarian food and Reginald for his advice!
  • Filip, who I really like working with!
  • Anyone else, I might have forgotten

You are interested in more, please have a look at my friend's boats or at the photo collection of converted boats.


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Last updated on: Saturday, 3 November, 2012 5:40 PM
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