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HomeTordinoConversion • January 2017

January 2017

3rd January 2017

We arrived late in the evening aboard the Tordino. After a good meal and a few drinks we all went to bed, to wake up, a little later when another ship hit us. Earlier that day, the yard had launched a ship, but they forgot to put ropes around her so she wouldn't drift. Besides hitting our ship, and probably a few more on her way, she took a little tjalk with her as well...

She was stopped at the end of the canal, when she became stuck, bow to stern between other ships. I just hoped they would tow her away so we could leave the next day.

4th January 2017

Just a few pictures from the first part of the journey:

5th January 2017

The second day started in Vreeswijk and ended in Evergem, Belgium.

On the Oosterschelde

On the Westerschelde

6th January 2017

We arrived in Beernem, 506 kilometres in 32 hours. It was a good journey.

13th January 2017

I'm a great fan of old furniture and reusing it. There are only a few things I do buy new. A sofa is one them. I needed a sofa that could fit through the door of the wheelhouse so I went to Ikea. Instead of buying a sofa, I bought three small ones and a carpet. In the evening, I started mounting the furniture and discovered Ikea is now giving spanners for mounting the furniture. I always wanted to have one room with old colonial decoration. Since the Tordino is not becoming a houseboat and I don't have intentions of creating one in the near future, the living space will be decorated with my African stuff.

14th January 2017

I found a small table in a local second hand shop in Bruges. It was old, very old and just the right size and price. In the afternoon I did some more furniture and decoration in the living area. It looks cozy.

15th January 2017

At the shipyard in Rupelmonde are some friends of mine. They are breaking down a houseboat to rebuild it later this year. The interior is not that valuable, but some pieces are nice as decoration. The bedroom doors come from an old ship, just like the light fittings. I went to collect them. They are going to be used in the hold as entrance doors for the exhibition boxes.

17th January 2017

The idea to make a descent entrance to the hold is coming closer. I drew a few plans, but this evening, I measured the hold. She was not that high as expected. I changed my plans and the entrance will come near the living accommodation instead of in the middle of the hold. Knowing myself, there is a chance that even this plan will change again in the future...

20th January 2017

I went to pick up some metal in the early morning. When I ordered it earlier this week, I asked them to cut the supports for the roof in two pieces since I can't transport them in their full length. I had to do the job myself, so I lost more then one hour. The sheets of metal were loaded with a forklift.

A friend helped me mounting the supports. They were not that heavy, but not practicable to handle and move. We put the sheets of metal on a pile on the ribs and both of us went home.

21st January 2017

Two plates needed some adjustment since one of the major supports of the den is sticking out. The other sheets were the right size. They were quickly in position so I could weld them together. When my father arrived, I used him as a weight to stand on the sheets while I was welding underneath. The sheets need to be welded to the ribs before they are welded to each other.

Sheets being placed in position

Sheets in position

Photo taken from the hold. The white marks are the welding of the sheets to the supports.

22nd January 2017

Another day of welding. I wasn't feeling right and it was the coldest night so fare with minus six degrees. By the end of the day I was totally broken, but good progress was made. I'm happy!

24th January 2017

A bit of planning...

First impression on how the hold should look: Right the toilets and in centre two units that will serve as exhibition space.

First impression on how the hold should look: Left the bar with research Centre.

First impression on how the hold should look: There will be a small cinema in one of the units.


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