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HomeTordinoConversion • July 2017

July 2017

1st July 2017

While my parents continued painting the hold in a white creme colour, I finished the frames around the windows in the Library. With the remaining would I could make some steps to enter the wheelhouse. In the late afternoon, I did some more t&g to finish my little office space.

In Bruges we had our annual Kolenkaai feest

7th July 2017

Wood was delivered today. I mananged to finish most of the Office space while my parents painted the hold.

8th July 2017

cleaning hold

painting hold

painting office

building floor library

9th July 2017

Still working in the office room, building walls.

The walls along the stairs were painted. they will be covered with an outside quality t&g, but a few coats of paint won't harm...

I started with building a platform in front of the stairs. THis will be the main entrance to the ship.

The first beam for the entrance platform


10th July 2017

Yesterday evening, I started thinking about the entrance and difference in height between the floor and the steps. Today I built a solid wooden frame around the support for the steps. In some way it is a shame I'm covering up the original floor, but I have some floor left from another ship, so it will look similar.

I built the frame for the wall of the entrance space. Once ready, it will hold the original steering wheel of one of the Westhinder lightvessels. This wheel was previously used aboard the Aquarel as decoration in the bar.

Platform entrance


painting living room floor

18th July 2017

The main door of the Library room has been mounted. The side of the hold is now nearly repainted and I finished the walls around the toilets.

21st July 2017



22nd July 2017

There was some furniture from my grandfather stored in an old house in Bruges. Time to pick it up. I will use the desk for the visitors who want to do research in the Libary room.

My parents did some painting in ht hold, while I continued with my t&g.

23rd July 2017

When a neighbour started rebuilding his ship, I bought three doors of him. It are small doors, but I can't lift them. They are hard wooden doors with bronze fittings. I think it are old cabin doors from a ferry or a pilot vessel.

The door will be the entrance to the hold. It is a rather small door, but once you enter the hold, you are supposed to have an surprising effect of the size of the ship. Or at least, this is the feeling I want to create.

24th July 2017

I continued with the entrance.

26th July 2017

The furniture of the Aquarel was stored in Ghent when I sold the ship. I will need some of it for Open Monumentendag aboard the Tordino.

29th July 2017

The entrance is one of the last places I want to finish. I'm walking there every time with heavy stuff, often hitting the sides of the steps. Never the less, I finished it today with t&g.

30th July 2017

I am surprised to see how much wood you need for a conversion. It is not my first project and I should know better... Most local shops ran out of t&g, so I had to drive a bit further now to get some more.

We are getting there. Another project is the wheelhouse. A few months ago, I started rebuilding her. The wheel was in, but that was it... Now I redid the other wall, built a bench and made room for an old coal fire.

The freshly painted blue board was lifted back in position.

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