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HomeConversion • October 2010

October 2010

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.

29th October 2010: Bakdekkruisers

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...

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