Converted from the barge to a sailing vessel
... Period 2005 till 2008 ...The plan is to bring the Stevenaak back to the original length of 22 meters. Previously the ship aft had a gazebo and no living area attached directly to the cargo compartment. To obtain the original contours of the vessel, we chose a gable roof over the entire former cargo hold. Between the pavilion and the construction we create a large open cockpit where beneath the engine room is located. The appearance and quality of the vessel correspond to a Lemsteraak in yacht design. As a Stevenaak has a very clear-cut lithe underwater hull we choose for a relatively low rig. We opted for comfortable driving and sailing characteristics. We are sure she will most definitely sailing very well and quickly.
In August 2005 we start with the dismantling. My father took the complete interior away. It must have been a very special work for him, especially because he had the ship rebuilt from cargo ship to living barge by himself. At the shipyard SRF in Harlingen, the construction is dismantled and the 48 hp MAN diesel engine ends up in the scrap iron, characterized the stern came right out of the water.
Then the ship was towed to the shipyard by Harm Visser not far away from SRF in Harlingen. Here the Stevenaak is taken out the water and we inspected the underwater hull. 25 years the ship had not been out of the water, surprisingly little algae growth and also the state of the underwater hull is fine. Here at Harm Visser the hull is brought back to its original length of 22 meters. We have considered making the boat a little shorter, but according to the survey it like not to be a good idea. The hull shows quite clearly where it has been extended. The result is amazing, what is it a beautiful hull after shortening before us. Harm Visser has delivered real professional work. We can continue to wait for it hardly.
Just in 2007, we bring the ship back to SRF to begin the metalwork. Here not only the beautiful lines are returned by the hull, also built the new deck layout very tastefully. SRF has delivered a very good job.
In 2008, we haul the Stevenaak to our harbor in Sneek and prepare she for sandblasting. After arriving in Uitwellingerga she was yet a time on the premises. Then both the new construction, as well as the underwater hull is blasted by the company Hooghiemstra. The underwater hull is primed smooth and gets the necessary antifouling. The result is perfect, Hooghiemstra has made with great care a beautiful look.
... below a few pictures of the mutation barge to empty hulls to sandblast ...