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Living Afloat: July 2012

31st July 2012

For the first time in two weeks I had some time to work on the Hornblower. In the afternoon they came to check for a water supply from land. Then I had to drive to Ghent to arrange shipyard visit. When I got back, I continued working on the sleeping room.

27th, 28th an 29th July 2012

I've been working a lot and I'm feeling tired! Working on boats is my hobby and soon my profession as well. nevertheless I wanted to have relaxed weekend. On Friday I went to a Folk festival, the Saturday and Sunday I spent with my neighbours on the street event Kolenkaai Feesten!

22nd July 2012

I visited a friend on his boat in Izegem. I advised him on some of the conversions he was planning. At the end of the day, I wanted to start converting it myself. A new boat is always interesting for the first couple of weeks...

21st July 2012

I had to help moving out a neighbour. She is about to live in a flat. We filled a few cars and that me me think. Suppose I have to leave my ship. How many trucks would I need to empty the hold.

17th July 2012


Sleeping room in progress

15th July 2012

It is nice to see flags on boats. It gives some colour and some live to them. It can also be practical when you wake up and want to see in what direction the wind is blowing. At last I know what direction to cycle!

I've decorated both ships with flags. A small job, but it took me two hours! When friends go on holiday, I always ask them to bring a flag of the country they visit.

13th July 2012

I found an add on the Internet for an empty hull of a Dutch speedboat in polyester. We had a look and I decided to take it. My first plans were to cut open the whole hull and use it as a work boat. A bit later, I changed my mind. It will become my own speedboat. I just need to find a descent outboard engine.

12th July 2012

People asked me I wanted to join them to see a spits barge. It has extreme rare to see a spits barge in such a good condition. There was no rust, it has a beautiful air started engine, new hatches and a lovely accommodation. I forgot o take pictures from the accommodation, but have a look at the outside and you know enough!

10th July 2012

Didn't do much today. I worked a little on the Hornblower and helped moving a friends ship in Ghent.

9th July 2012

There is an old yacht for sale in Nieuwpoort. I had a quick look. I'm not sure but she might have been a bakdekkruiser like my previous ship Escapde or a admiral sloop. She had been converted and rebuilt over the years. One thing was sure, I didn't like the ship! I won't put any complete picture online, since she is still for sale...


Holes, just above the waterline. You see the white insulation through it

7th July 2012

Today I was on an old wooden trawler. I don't like boats being scrapped, but sometimes there is no other solution. When I was there, at least three people told me 'there was a time of going'. The trawler was once converted into an expensive sailing boat. It had been neglected for years.

I bought a few items from the ship for my own little boat. In the early days I would take anything usefully. By now, I've learned to take only what is necessary. I'm running out of storage space...

2nd July 2012

I've added one the so many things I helped doing during my holiday. It tells the story of a floating coffee ship from Den Haag.

1st July 2012

I have been busy on several boats the last month. I will update blog and add some more pages in the near future!


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