Living Afloat: August 2012
26th August 2012
Today I did something that you should never do. Take it as an example of how not to go to sea! If I knew everything when I arrived in Blankenberge, I might have considered going back home! Upon arrival I discovered there were no charts, binoculars or a working VHF radio. I had my mobile phone with all the important phone numbers with me. There were life jackets and our navigation lights were working.
With a simple plan of following the coast line, I thought we could make it easily. When I left Blankenberge, it was still dark. Quickly I realised following the coast line was not that easy. I then tried moving the boat from one buoy to the other. After two buoys, I never found a third one. By then the day came and I could clearly see the coast and all the buildings. Three hours later I was in Ostend.
Nevertheless it was a nice experience and a good journey.
Safely in Ostend after a three hour journey from Blankenberge
While sitting on my own boat in the afternoon, a nice little Luxe Motor passed by. It was the Hielke.
21st August 2012
It is still to hot to work. I drilled a few holes and did some electricity aboard the Hornblower.
20th August 2012
I had a look at a yacht of a friend in Blankenberge. It had been a while since I last visited the yacht harbour. It is a small port along the Belgian coast.
18th August 2012
A friend was in need of some help to move a spits barge. I helped him. It was around 34°C and standing in a wheelhouse above an engine was not exactly refreshing!
16th August 2012
Did some small work on the Hornblower.
15th August 2012
Just another boring day working in the bedroom of the Hornblower. I hope it will soon be over, since I want to start doing the plumbing...
12th August 2012: Journey to the yard
A houseboat in Belgium needs to go to the shipyard every five to six years. This means I can join on a lot of trips for pleasure or working. Today I joined for both! We brought a spits barge from Ghent to the yard in Rupelmonde. It is the same Yard I took the Watergeus to in May 2012.
7th August 2012
I mainly worked on the Hornblower finishing the bedroom, while my mother painted the living area.
4-5-6th August 2012: Amsterdam
I went to Amsterdam...