What happened in October 2006?
2nd October 2010: Wood, painting and thinking
I finished the cabin on the front deck and started painting it. In the afternoon, I mainly worked in the back accommodation. I wonder when the weather will be good again.
4th October 2010: Painting front accommodation
In the early morning I went to the Ross Leopard to take some pictures of her being towed away. The tug never showed up and I felt asleep in the wheelhouse. Half of the morning was gone...
The last picture of the Ross Leopard in Ostend, a shame she will be scrapped
While I was waiting for the wood to be delivered, I painted the front accommodation. When this was done and the wood aboard the Watergeus, I finished the second entrance to the boat.
The wood I had ordered, ready to go inside
A nice shot of the Frantsis, Watergeus and the spits barge 'De Ark'
A second entrance makes it easier to get stuff aboard
Front accommodation in a coat of primer
Front accommodation in a coat of primer
5th October 2010: Shower
I started using the wood they delivered yesterday. The shower is getting a good shape, two walls are ready for tiling.
The shower getting shape
6th October 2010: Shower and walls
Mainly worked on the walls and the shower again.
One of the walls, this is the only original wall that remains. It gets a new top layer of wood.
7th October 2010: Living room
I still had to close the wooden construction where water pipes are running through. It is a job that I had to do a longtime ago. Together with the wood I ordered on Monday, I bought some planks to close the gap.
9th October 2010: Dutch Barge Consultancy
Many people asks me for information. Wherever possible I always tried helping them. Since these questions and barge visits are taking a lot of my time, I've just started doing this as a semi-professional job.
Please have a look at my site (under construction).
10th October 2010: Family
For the first time in a long period, family came to visit the barge. Working all these years also means not having enough time doing anything else.
11th October 2010: Wheelhouse roof
I continued working on the roof in the wheelhouse, a very time consuming job. For a change, I painted the front accommodation in the afternoon. It is always nice to do something different in the afternoon.
12th October: Breaking down
I removed the wall with the chipboard and the electricity. It was built much stronger then the other side.
I also decided to put the Frantsis up for sale. Anyone who is interested can contact me. She is good start for a nice project of a little houseboat. It is technical also possible to make her look original again, but that would take you some time!
13th October 2010: Paint
I painted the side where all the wood had just been removed. Since I didn't have much time I did a quick job.
15th October 2010: Paint
A last bit of wall has now been removed, and the remaining corners and rivets painted with a good coat of primer. I would love to start building that wall. It makes look the room more finished.
16th October 2010:
A potential buyer for the Frantsis came. Since I had already removed the water from the engine, for the coming winter period, I had to fill her up again.
In the afternoon I finished the roof of the wheelhouse and another part of the frame in the back accommodation.
17th October 2010: Electricity
I started putting the wires for the electricity in the walls.
19th October 2010: Yachting
I went looking for a yacht in Ghent. Not sure yet what I should do. Too busy at the moment, But I'll write some more in the future.
20th October 2010: Anti freeze
The winter is coming. Last night it was minus 2°C so I went to the Arma to fill the engines up with anti freeze.
When I was back aboard I made a solid frame for a bed in the back accommodation.
23th October 2010: Shopping
It was raining a lot. I couldn't work outside. It was the perfect moment for shopping, buying a boiler, pump, a bed, etc... for the new back accommodation.
24th October 2010: Bed
I bought the latoflex for the bed in the back accommodation. Since my car was to small I had to drive twice. They are now inside, so I could finish the bed construction.
For a few days now I have been looking on information for bakdekkruisers. It is a very fascinating kind of ship. I never worked with yachts before so everything is new to me. A smaller engine, a thinner hull, more shapes and curves, trying to get most out of a space, etc...