1st June 2013
The engine room is a big mess. Not only did we a lot of temporary repairs during th e trip, it is stored with rubbish, old metal, engine parts and toys. After two hours, I managed to see the see through everything.
In the evening I discovered a 'secret hatch'.
6th June 2013
In the evening I had a look to my ship. While was there, I couldn't resist to arrange my workshop...
9th June 2013: Mast
I believe a mast tells a lot of a ship. You can decorate it with some flag and all of the sudden, the ship starts to look vivid again. At the front deck is a small wooden mast. Just in front of the wheelhouse is a big metal mast with a satellite disk, spot lights and many cables!
In my original plan, the big mast had to go, but I will re use it at the front of th barge. The little wooden mast is in storage and I cleaned the big one. It was al green and the paint was falling of.
The old mast (right) and the bigger mast (left)
Removing all the old paint
A coat of primer and she looks like new ;-)
Some smaller things have been done today, like measuring the whole ship, cleaning my workshop and ventilating the boat as much as possible.
Without a mast, the wheelhouse looks much better!
14th June 2013
I have no idea what colours I'll paint her. I have a few schemes in mind, but nothing is decided yet. Before I can paint, I need to remove the old layers of paint and the rust. I started cleaning the beginning of the den.
At the end of the evening I gave it a good coat of primer.
15th June 2013
While I was cleaning anyway, I removed the paint from the hatch at the front of the boat. It was to windy to paint, still I decided to give it a go. Some grass and dust was blown into the paint, so I can restart....
Out of frustration, I removed some more of the interior of the boat.
16th June 2013
Besides repairing the damage done by the wind yesterday, I started on the bow. It will be a major job to remove the paint and rust of the bow! The old name signs are gone. I'll reuse them as decoration at some point....
The mast got another coat of paint. It starts to look good!
18th June 2013
Cleaning the bow is one the things I want to finish before the winter starts. he whole ship looks very much neglected and is in need of a good coat of paint. The bow is rusty, but it is also the nicest part of the ship... I've done the hatch and the mast, now the deck and the bow!
23th June 2013
It has been raining the whole day. I was expecting it since the forecast was right this time. A perfect moment for an inside job. I broke down the second bedroom. So when you walk aboard the Aquarel, two rooms have rivets and wooden hatches visible!
Most work in breaking down an old interior is filling up the car and driving away with lots of rubbish! She is in a better condition then when I bought the Watergeus. Nevertheless I still prefer an empty hull then one with an interior....
29th June 2013
While breaking down the second bedroom, I started to smell and feel a lot of moisture. Quickly I discovered the bathroom must have been leaking for years (and still does). This means, I will remove the bathroom before I continue with the rest of the ship. Since I want no leaking water tank, I'm carefully disconnecting pipe by pipe and wire by wire.
During the removal of stuff, I discovered a little door? Once opened, it was filled with wood and rubbish, enough to fill half my car! Most people would be excited, I'm starting to have enough of discovering rooms with rubbish...
The hidden room
What came out of that little room
30th June 2013
You can't always work, and so a neighbour and me decided to organise a BBQ! It took all day and lasted all day. So did I!