Important (What I learned this month):
You just can't realise how many screws go into a conversion of a ship...
When building your interior, a rib should be fixed properly. It will never be solid but the whole frame will make it strong.
2nd/3th August 2008
Saturday morning we painted the remaining parts of the back accommodation and a part of the side of the hull on the water side. The ship is starting to look nicer again.The roof is gray painted, like the primer. I started to like this colour and it keeps the inside of the back accommodation that little bit cooler then the dark green, previously painted.
The lower part of the crane was painted black for multiple reasons. A whole white crane didn't look at all. Furthermore, it often needs oil on the turning points, so the white would become a kind of brown, but not nice at all.
The roof of the wheelhouse freshly painted in gray
The crane painted, a black feet and the rest in white
In the afternoon I went to Ghent. I visited some friends, before going to a party. I don't know why, but a party on a ship is always just that little nicer then one on land.
The next day I visited some more friends in Ghent before returning back to my ship. That night I couldn't sleep since my little skylight in the back accommodation is leaking and the dripping in a bucket was noisy.
The only picture I took, the ship of a friend of mine
5th August 2008
Often the water is the first place to loose your stuff. This time it was different, I found a nice wrijfhout with rope. Two weeks ago, a neighbour fond a nice flag mast in the water as well.
The Watergeus in Bruges
9th August 2008
We were holding a local event. The idea was to learn to know the people from the houses and they to learn us. As I expected, everybody was sitting with its own neighbours. But it didn't make the happening less enjoyable!
Some people even came with their ship
Friends from Ghent came over an this made it a very good evening! Less nice was the feeling I had to get up early the next day?
10th August 2008
As expected, it was hard to get up and work, but at the end of the day, the bedroom and corridor were finished.
The wall of the sleeping room and living room
The door of the sleeping room
Hold is starting to look smaller
13th August 2008
15th August 2008
We mainly painted the ship today, finishing the back accommodation (details), painting the inside of the boeing at the front and the anchor winch. The paint from last year was nearly completely washed away by the rain. And yes, it was metal paint!
Bollards and inside of the boeisel on the sides painted white
Inside of the boeisel painted white
Anchor winch and spare anchor repainted
The back accommodation finally completely repainted, now it is time to put the letters on her
I started building the frame for the bath room. First, I went out of screws, then screw bits for the drilling machine and at the end of the day I had no more wood left.
Notice a few supports are already standing in the bathroom
At the end of the day we removed the six windows. Looked like an easy job, but it took us around 4 hours to remove six windows. They were glued and the bolts as well.
16th August 2008
At 8 o'clock in the morning the welder and I started putting the windows in the den of the ship. It looks an easy job, but it really is a hard job.
Square windows are not as easy to place as portholes. You need to follow the line of the ship. A porthole has no corners and the middle of every pothole needs to e at the same distance from the gangway. With the bottom corners of square windows, this is different.
Windows removed, wood will prevent most rain of coming in
Straightening and making the holes bigger
Notice the difference in size and shape
Two out of three windows in position on port side
20th August 2008
In the morning there was a meeting for the house boat society. In the afternoon, we made a little trip through Ghent by boat. It is nice to see ships from a different angle.
Seen from a little dinky, a spits really looks big
Seen from a little dinky, a spits really looks big
Seen from a little dinky, a spits looks really big
21st August 2008
In the evening we continued welding the windows on the other side. We still need to fit in the glass, but this will be done after holiday.
23th August 2008
Leaving on holiday so no updates for the next week....
Typical locks, here one of the nine locks in a row near Béziers.
This system has only be used briefly for the larger vessels...
A Luxe Motor, rebuilt as hotel
26th August 2008
Going to the Canal Du Midi area means making a trip. Very soon, I'll write a whole section on the canal and the area, but here I briefly mention the trip.
The Santa Maria with her friendly crew
29th August 2008
For the last day I decided to make a trip on foot along the canal. I spoke to some people living on their barge. I found some very nice ships. It was a long walk, the temperature making it even harder.
The Omero, her accommodation on the hold section is the back accommodation of another spits barge...
31st August 2008
Back on the ship, the first job was to give water to the plants!