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
(and old stuff - outdated)
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.



The gangway of a Luxe Motor is quite wide. After building the new den, you know perfectly how your deck is built. Is goes smaller to the front and is very flat in the new section, placed in 1961.

The new den made the gangway a bit smaller, but still wide enough for walking on it without hitting the hatches with your legs.


Technical drawing is in Dutch


At the start of the den, where the new entrance cabin ends, a crane has been placed. It is capable of lifting 250kgs on one cable or 500kgs on a double cable. The crane is completely electric with remote control.

Crane on deck
Crane on the deck

Barlijnen - Stoeltjes

In April 2010 two 'stoeltjes' were mounted on the den. These items are hard to find and rarely used by some skippers. There once was a time that nearly every ship had one of these. I found mine on the spits barge Julie in Bruges. The owners wee so kind to donate them to me.

Front deck

See also: Photos of the anchor winch of the Watergeus

The front deck contains the anchor winch. The winch was completely cleaned and repainted in August 2007. A spare anchor had been moved from th back to the front in January 2007. This anchor has been lowered and attached to the winch.

On the bow, an original anchor davit was mounted in April 2010. This davit was once used to lower and raise the anchors.

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