28th February 2012: Generator cabin
After succesfully unloading a 450kg heavy generator from my car last night, I started building a nice box for it. It must be in metal and water proof...
13th February 2012: Inspecting the damage
Every time there is a period of coldness you might expect some damage. Sadly enough, this time wa not different. My shaft on the Watergeus is leaking badly. I added some more grease and it slowed down the leaking.
12th February 2012: Snow (again)
While I only did a little work, it started snowing. I took my camera, made some shots, looked at the ice breaking tug and had a cup of coffee.
Breaking the ice
Breaking the ice, on his way to Ghent
9th February 2012: Ice and possible damage
The ice is still growing around the boats. I wonder how long the cold period will continue. Now I'm starting to worry for two reasons: my electricity bill and the possible damage to the cooling system of both engines.
I' read today that at least five woonarks sank because of broken water pipes. It makes you think twice!
5th February 2012: A little work
Feeling slightly better, I decided to work on the Hornblower. Sorting out the wood in the back area was my first priority. While working, both of my neighbours called for frozen pipes. I gave them a hand. I can't remember it being so cold last year...
The canal is still frozen and as the weather conditions aren't becoming any better, I believe we will have more issues then a few frozen pipes.
When 600kg of steel is leaning to one side of the ship...
4th February 2012: The coldest night
Tonight was the coldest night in three years. Yesterday it snowed, but I was to ill to take pictures. Now I was feeling slightly better, so I made a very short walk and took some pics.
2nd February 2012: Freezing cold!
Yesterday I had put an extra electric heater in the engine room of the Watergeus near the boiler and water pump. Today I went to the shop for another heater. This time it was for the engine of the Hornblower. The cooling outlet was frozen. I'm to much worried about damage. It might not be to effective to have a heater running in a boat with no insulation. Nevertheless, it is now only 0°C near the engine, better then minus 7°C.