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HomeConversion • May 2009

May 2009

Important (What I learned this month):

1st May 2009: Living room part III

The yacht season has started, this means a lot of yachts were passing by today. At least thirty yachts, mall and big passed by. Some of them running the engine at a ridiculous speed, knowing a few hundred meters further there is a bridge and they have to stop anyway.

We continued on the living room, finishing one side by the end of the day.

Yacht season has started

2nd May 2009: Bathroom & porthole

While cleaning out the bathroom for the the plumbing works tomorrow, I had the bright idea to already build the ceiling. I had some wood left from the sleeping room and should be enough for the ceiling, so it was.

In the evening I put a porthole in the bulkhead between the fore peak and the front accommodation. This was an attempt to have more light in the forepeak without making holes in the deck or hull. I have now some more light but it really isn't that spectacular.

Porthole seen from the front cabin

Porthole seen from the fore peak

3th May 2009: Plumbing

In the morning we reconnected the tanks. We let them dry before putting water in and yes they remained dry, no leaks! In the afternoon we made the copper fittings for the bathroom and kitchen.

4th May 2009: Finishing the floor in the fore peak

In the late evening, I finished the floor in the forepeak. Since not all planks were fixed and I felt through recently, I decided to finish this job first. Before you know, somebody else could fall through as well.

5th May 2009: Filling tanks, testing pump and painting

In the afternoon I filled the tanks up to their maximum level (1000 liters each) and emptied them through the pump that was connected last week. I had a nice deck wash!

The outside dining table was painted. It was now the third year I had it, so it had to be painted once to extend it's lifetime.

In the forepeak, the floor was painted red. If it turns out to be nice, I might do it as well in the living room. It's an idea from another ship.

9th May 2009: Living room part IV

During the day we did the other side of the living room in pine. A few little gaps on the side were filled as well. I think with another two days the whole living room will be ready for painting.

The inside of the windows were repainted

The inside of the windows were repainted

10th May 2009: Plumbing and bow rudder

In the early morning we removed the pieces from the bow rudder that I took from another spits barge a few months ago.

The pieces I kept for my own ship

13th May 2009: Plumbing

The plumbing for the bathroom is ending it's final stage. A few more pipes were connected, but it could all have been done more easier if the frames were straight and less corners were built.

15th May 2009: Plumbing & hold

Tomorrow I have a barbeque with some colleagues. They always wanted to see how I live on a barge, so it was the perfect moment to combine this with a barbeque. The preparation took most of the day since the hold had to be emptied. This was one of the reasons why I had built the storage system last Wednesday. The more stuff I could permanently store in the front or back, the better.

The boiler was connected to the water system and some fittings were mounted on the water pipes as well.

16th May 2009: BBQ

I continued cleaning the hold and repairing the little party. It had been raining all day. We built a a party tent at the entrance and decorated the ship with many flags.

Living room becoming the cantine

Flags from the mast to the crane

Flags from the mast to the crane

17th May 2009: Cleanup

The hardest part after an event is to clean everything up and bring back the tools for working. I must say it all went a bit slower then hiding them.

18th May 2009: Emptying the front cabin

Coming weekend I want to build the frame for the front cabin. Since not all my tools were removed, I decided to clean it. Besides some wood, there were also steel plates, a heating element, some pieces for the bow rudder, a few hoses, a box with spanners and a lot of paint.

Moving some plates from the front accommodation underneath the hatches

It did obviously took more time then planned to remove that much stuff out of this small area.

19th May 2009: Flooring the front cabin

I started building a frame for the floor in the front cabin. Having build several frames in the past for different areas on the boat, I must say this one seems a little harder to built. Everything is bended and the metal construction exists of old sheets of metal they must have reused in the sixties when building this cabin.

20th May 2009: Flooring part II

In the evening I continued with the floor and insulating it as well. Since the watertanks are underneath it, I did find it important to put some insulation.

21st May 2009: Flooring part III and frame building

Frame in the front accommodation

22nd May 2009: Bathroom

23rd May 2009: Bathroom

24th May 2009: Shower and front cabin

While I was building the support for the shower tray, my mother washed the front accommodation.

In the afternoon and evening I continued and finished the frame of the front cabin. Next week I can insulate the area and put the panels on.

Looking shiny again after a big cleanup

Looking shiny again after a big cleanup

The wooden frame in the front cabin

26th May 2009: Ikea

Since we need to know the height of the sink for the bathroom, I went to get the furniture I wanted.

27th May 2009: Furniture

I started mounting the furniture so I could measure the height of the fittings needed in the wall. In the evening some more plumbing was done.

28th May 2009: Plumbing

Another day of plumbing, now it was the waste water system that needed connecting. Since I'm using a--------

30th May 2009: Plumbing and Living room part V

In the morning we put water on the whole plumbing system to detect any possible leaks. Besides the toilet, all systems were working fine.

In the afternoon another wall of the living room was finished.

31st May 2009: The last bit of plumbing

The last bit of plumbing was done today, fixing a small leak in the waste water piping. Meanwhile during the day major parts of the front accommodation were insulated.


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