6th August 2016
10th August 2016
Drilled some holes in the metal frame of the wheelhouse. I will bolt a wooden frame and put insulation in the wheelhouse. I want her to look as authentic as possible.
15th august 2016
brown and green
16th August 2016
The roof and sides needed a second coat of paint. I want the metal to be protected and looking good for a longer period. The green is not exactly as expected. it is to flashy and did hurt my eyes while painting. It should have been a more traditional colour.
In the evening, I painted the boeisel on one side. Halfway, I had to stop since hanging over the side with paint isn't that great!
primer on boeisel
17th August 2016
I painted the boeisel around my ship. Eleven meters on each side, looks simple and easy. I didn't want to bend over the side, so I used a small boat to do the paint job. People would describe it as a nice and warm day. I was sitting in a black boat with the sun shining on me. I was boiling. The little wind helped a bit, but I was cooked like a lobster.
19th August 2016
I knew it would become a busy day since I had to go Antwerp. There was one job I wanted to do, cutting a hole in the engine room to have access to the wheelhouse. When I broke down the previous wheelhouse, the panel fo the engine room wasn't disconnected. it was lowered in the engine room and now I had put it back. So I made hole big enough to fit it through. I also pushed the forward/reverse handle through that hole.
20th Augustus 2016
The handle is a bit hard to move. I welded a strong support to bolt the steering system. It now works nicely and it looks good. A wheel, a forward and reverse handle. What else do you need for a journey? Standing in the wheelhouse now makes it possible to start dreaming.
22nd August 2016
I wanted to start building the frame in the wheelhouse, when my neighbour arrived with his small boat. I jumped aboard and went for a drive.