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April 4, 2013

1999 ~ Building Ships

Let's start this chapter off with some advice to anyone out there who doesn't get the message.
And Yes, I'am qualified to give advice on this subject :)
  • Create your own roads: Yes
  • Hold on to your dreams: Yes
  • Leave your (boring) lifes and travel the world: Yes
  • Do it my way; Don't

In 1999 I bought a wrecked ship 30 meters in length, 5.5 meters wide and had 2 decks without name and registration for 12,500 guilder (about 6000 euro). It came with a massive 50 KVA generator which was used for a weed plantation aboard.

The owner told me he took the ship from the previous owner to settle a depth. It had served as a coffee shop and dancing in Amsterdam and was originally build in the beginning of 1900 as a passsenger ship, cruising Dutch waters.
My intention (young & foolish) was to rebuild the ship into an ocean going vessel to cruise the world and make my living by renting the ship to holiday guests or provide diving excursions in the Bahama's. It took me many years, painful cuts and bruises, even blood and tears and loads off money before I had taken the ship apart and replaced 90% of the old ship with new steel plates. It took me another couple of years to make it into our home it is today. Is it finished? No it's not finished! Will it ever be finished? That depends.
In five years time we will cruise the oceans. Will the Orion-3 take us on this trip or shall we buy a smaller vessel? Check out the slide show and let us know your ideas. As you can see we can surely use some advice.


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