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..
Recognize a barge
Buying a barge
Converting a barge
Barge to the yard
Safety on a barge
Converted barges
Barge stories!
Waterways & harbours
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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.
HomeBack accommodation

Back accommodation

The back accommodation has been modified in the sixties and some parts are even more modern. The divisions (toilet, galley, living room and bedroom) are most likely original.

During the conversion of my barge into a houseboat, the back accommodation is my primary area for living.

There is 24 volt light, 24 and 200 volts sockets. All of them are working. The navigation lights on the roof of the accommodation are also 24 volts.

Sleeping accommodation

The sleeping accommodation is completely separated from the living space with a wall. The wall is decorated with glass in led. There are two beds in this section. In the middle is a big cubert.

A view of the wall dividing the living space with the sleeping accommodation

Living room and kitchen

The kitchen and living room were divided by a small wall. The gas installation is still there. The bottle should be placed behind the wheelhouse, from where a gas tube is going straight to the kitchen.

The kitchen, when I bought her in April 2006


The toilet was raised because of keeping it higher then the water level outside.

Toilet on a higher level, photo from April 2006

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