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The story of the Luxe Motor Watergeus, the Groningse snik Hornblower, the Historische klipperaak Aquarel, the lemmeraak 'Op Hoop van Zegen', the Friese maatkast Tordino and how to convert a Dutch barge into a houseboat.
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HomeConversion • October 2009

October 2009

Important (What I learned this month):
  1. I really don't like painting 150m2

2nd October 2009: Kitchen or not...

In the early morning the man called the kitchen would not be placed right now but on a further date. Besides being disappointed I had taken my last day off at work. So I started painting the kitchen.

3rd October 2009: Second coat for the kitchen

In the early morning I connected the phone cable so I have Internet in the hold. First drilling a small hole in the hull, then pulling the cable to the office area, 25 meters further.

Later that day I loaded another load of pellets aboard. The rest of the day was spent painting the kitchen and the living room.

Inside of the kitchen is now finished

Floor needs to be painted and vanished afterwards

4th October 2009: Broken

This is how I feel after working a few days continuously: broken. So I decided to go out and visit a second hand market in Eeklo. I found a bit of decoration and some tools.

6th October 2009: Kitchen

Finally, the kitchen has arrived. Or should I say the first part...

9th October 2009: Painting & kitchen

While the man of the kitchen was cutting his surface for the kitchen and bar, we painted the living room. In the evening I put some anti freeze in the system in case the heater fails and I'm not at home.

10th October 2009: Painting, bathroom and front cabin

While the shower was being tiled, I spent time working on the electricity and the front cabin, putting some wood to make a nice ceiling. My mother painted the living room. By the end of the evening the living room was finished.

The best shot I could take of the bathroom

Ceiling in the front cabin

11th October 2009: Oiling the living room floor

In the early morning I started oiling the floor of the living room.

12th October 2009: Bathroom & friends

Last night I gave a second coat of oil on the floor.

While the last bits were done on the shower, friends from Sluiskil came over to have a chat and a drink. It had been a while and it is always nice to hear other people's opinion on your work.

13th October 2009: Kitchen finished

The whole kitchen is now finished and looking great. I can't wait to get served in that kitchen (I can't really cook so I'm desperately looking for some to cook for me).

14th October 2009: Details

I mainly spent my time on details this evening. Mounting some air vents in the living room and corridor, mounting the phone connection, placing thermometers, etc...

17th October 2009: Central heating

The bathroom was finished today. I had to do some small details. Since I'm sleeping in the hold this evening, I started the heating.

18th October 2009: Bathroom, deck

In the kitchen a few more details needed painting. The bathroom received it first coat of paint. Since my deck is having a lot of rust, the worst places have been oiled to prevent getting it worse. It is now the second day I'm sleeping in the hold instead of the back accommodation. A big change!

In the afternoon I visited a neighbour. The previous owners of te ship had come over for some explanation of the ship and the engine. Great people with a lot of ship knowledge.

19th October 2009: Visiting a ship

Friends asked me to visit a ship wit them and give my opinion. It is always hard to give an opinion so I try to do this as minimum as possible.

The positive side on this is that I meet new people and visit new ships. On this ship I found an East German or Russian engine. It was very similar to an American GM, but I had never seen it before.

21st October 2009: Laptop

I finally got my laptop back to work after it had hit the ground last Saturday. The more you try to work quicker, the easier mistakes happen.

22nd October 2009: Hold living...

It is now the 5th day I'm living in the hold. It is a big chance. The area is bigger then the back accommodation, there is more comfort and most importantly: Heating! The central heating is working nicely!

24th October 2009: Smaller jobs

The bathroom received it's third and final coat of paint. The sink was connected to the pump in the kitchen. I mounted the furniture for the bathroom and by the end of the evening, I painted the kitchen floor. A few more days and the hold is done!

25th October 2009: Bathroom

THe floor was done in the bathroom and the furniture put on its place. Another room has been finished. I'm starting to wonder what I shall do the next weekends?

26th October 2009: Painting the living room floor

27th October 2009: Painting the living room floor

30th October 2009: Painting the corridor

The corridor was the last unpainted area in the hold. So I started putting it in primer. It is a small area with many corners and sides. It took much more time then expected.



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