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(and old stuff - outdated)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 wheelhouse is built above the engine room. The wooden construction can be taken off, so it can more easily pass through low bridges. Since it hasn't been taken off in the last 20 years I wouldn't like to try it.

Wheelhouse and blue board in December 2006

The wheelhouse as she looks in March 2007

The wheelhouse has a big bench and a wooden hatch to go down in the back accommodation. Next to the steering wheel is the control panel with information on engine and generator. There is also a bilge alarm and gas detection.

Wheel, control panel and Sailor RT144 radio


The wheelhouse needs a lot of attention in the future. The bench will get a nice table in the middle, all wires for electricity and control panel have to be replaced. The wheelhouse needs to be sanded outside and inside. The roof will be replaced, since it is leaking on several places.

New electricity (220v), fire extinguishers and curtains will be added in the near future.

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