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HomeHornblowerConversion • July 2012

July 2012

1st July 2012

There are a lot of things that I need to do in the coming weeks. I'm not sure where to put my priority...

There was one piece of the bow that was still in red paint. I was doubting what colour I should give. This evening I painted it white!

2nd July: Welding and exhaust

I see the welding work coming to an end. I might need to weld a few more hours and then the bulkhead is totally finished, including the metal floor of the wheelhouse! The last big plate of the bulkhead is now in position.

I took the last bit of the exhaust. It is so thin I might as well make a total new one... It became to late to make noise, so I gave up working today!

8th July 2012

Yesterday I spent a day removing useful parts from a sailing boat. Two windows from the wheelhouse are just perfect for my wheelhouse! I will order a new one and then I need somebody to help mount them!

The weather is still very bad, a lot of rain. I have a busy week starting from tomorrow. I hope I can do something, progress is becoming slower and I don't like that!

9th July 2012: Sleeping room

The little time I had today was spent on the sleeping room. I tried finishing one wall.

10th July 2012: Sleeping room

11th July 2012: Sleeping room

14th July 2012: Small jobs

The last couple of weeks were horrible for working outside. It is always raining. My father joined me today for carrying some heavier stuff. I put my generator back on the boat. It had been on the Watergeus for going to the yard.

I had some spare stairs in the front accommodation of the watergeus. They came from an old spits barge. I will need them for the living room of the Hornblower. They are now in position. I still need to shorten the stairs.

The little lifeboat I recovered from that trawler last weekend is now on the roof of the Hornblower.

30th July 2012

Drawing the schemes for the plumbing does take some time.

31st July 2012: Sleeping room

I just can't get the sleeping room finished. It seems like an endless job. All those little corners and shapes that need wood.

I spent some time calling for prices for windows. I want to replace the wheelhouse windows as quick as possible to finish the kitchen as well.

 

 

 

 

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