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HomeConversion • July 2008

July 2008

Important (What I learned this month):
  1. It is hard to figure out how big a room must be when building an interior. Use your feeling while building, put a chair and a table to get an impression.

2nd July 2008

I ran my generator, after more then a year. She ran beautifully, but still I will one day put her on rubber pieces to have less noise and vibrations. She is welded to the ribs of the ship and you'll hear and feel it very good.

It was a hot day, so I could not sleep. I therefore decided to photograph the engine room and make a plan where to put the new batteries, charger and cables. It took me a few hours, but my idea is looking good.


A messy system of cables, a broken electro motor and an antique compressor


Lost batteries, good for scrap


The extension of the engine room, starting to look like a mess.

3th July 2008

The idea of yesterday is still in my head. To realize the plan I started cleaning out the engine room, building shelves and making some more room. I painted the exhaust pipe, removed and old compressor and cleaned the work table. I was surprised to find so many pieces I had never used, mainly from Lister engines. I hope one day to have a Lister again!

By the end of the evening, I was covered in oil and paint, but the result was fine.


A little shelve has been built. A few more will follow


Starting to look cleaner


Compressor gone, making more space to see the watertanks


The compressor, waiting it's destiny in the hold

5th July 2008

The first room is nearly finished. I couldn't realise it would take a whole day to finish the sides and build a wall with door entrance and door!

Since I'm using second hand doors from an old house we had to figure out which door would be suitable for the office space. All doors look identical, but there is a double door for the living room, and all the other doors have different sizes.


Trying to figure out which door was suitable for the office space

Building the wall was not that hard. We had done it before. The most difficult part was to get the door in position. We had to make the corridor wider for the door to fit. So the bedroom will become smaller and the bed I have might no longer fit.


Building the wall

It took us again some time to get the curve right of the ceiling. But in the end, it was a good day and actually wen can not only see the result, but also start making use of it!


Wall finished and door in position


Wall seen from the 'outside'

6th July 2008

Again a rommelmarkt, this time in Ostend. This time I found a few nice pieces of decoration. Mainly metal decoration such as a copper coffee can, a green coloured metal plate, a nice biscuit box of Harrods, etc...

In the evening I had visit of two friends living on a spits barge in Ghent. They are still in an early stage of converting, but do have a lovely roef to live in. When boat owners are talking about converting a ship, you notice time is to short to tell everything! It was a great evening.

7th July 2008

This evening I cleaned the room that was built last weekend. I put a plastic table, two chairs and a Dutch flag as decoration. So it does feel as a room.

I did notice the room was slightly built to big, since I could not reach by hand the end of the table and the wall. when building I believed it was built to small. So you only notice it when finished.

8th July 2008

Today we moved some furnish from my parents place to my ship. Since a room is finished, I can store my stuff in that room. The more comes over the more space I have at my parents place to store more stuff. Also when building the next room, I can use the furniture to estimate the size of the room.

9th July 2008

Again a meeting, being a member of the board of the Vlaamse Woonschepen is a lot of work. I must say I love the job and like to work for people who live on ships like me. This meeting is to talk about a small party we would like to give.

10th July 2008

This evening there was the concert of Leonard Cohen in Bruges.


8000 people were following the concert live


It was easier to see it on screen...

11th June 2008

Still with the concert in my head, I started working in the afternoon. We cleaned all the stuff that was stored underneath the stairs. In the last year, it became the place to store stuff that was hardly used or was toxic. A metal box for an engine was placed under the stairs, so nothing could leak in the hold or the bilges. I do need this box for my fire, so we had to take it out by three people!


The metal box, now temporary used for putting in some insulation

I bought a second hand fridge for a good price, but it had to be delivered. It is now standing in the hold to keep my drinks cold during the further conversion.


The fridge in the hold, still looking empty

12th June 2008

In the morning we finished the little floor underneath the stairs. The following job was to build the roof in the office space. The carpenter recommended to wait, but since I had seen how he built the walls, I started building it myself with my father. It took us all morning, but two third have been done.


The ceiling placed

In the afternoon we went looking to a piece of furniture, described as a library. In the end it was a big *****. I bought it and it will be delivered on Wednesday. Not many people like oak furniture, but it is nicely build and undamaged, I decided to buy it. The price was good and it will nicely fit into my living room.

I took an old computer from my parents place and installed it in the office space in the hold. It makes the room less empty and more useful. I'll use it to look up my plans or other important items needed during construction. If I wanted to make something clear, we all had to go to the back accommodation to have a look, now I can show it in the hold.


An old computer (14 years old!) used for showing the plans of the conversion

13th July 2008

This afternoon I went to the Cactus Festival. The last day brings a few good artists and groups like The Kills and Yossou N'Dour.


The Kills


The Kills


Youssou N'Dour

Part Two

 
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