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HomeConversion • March 2011

March 2011

<< Part 1

24th March 2011: The back of the Watergeus

They promised a nice day on the weather news and indeed, it was! I painted the back of the Watergeus. In the afternoon, I did a small paint job on the front.

Stern of the barge freshly painted

Stern of the barge freshly painted

Stern of the barge freshly painted

The front of the barge

25th March 2011: Paint

If you look at the Watergeus, a few areas are repainted, I continued combining those pieces by painting the areas in between. It is now looking better!

Boeisel and bollards painted

Boeisel and bollards painted


26th March 2011: Inside work

I've done some little inside work, visited some friends in Sluiskil and drawed a few plans for the Escapade.

27th March 2011: Painting

While most of the day was spent painting the boat, I did a little job in the engine room. Firstly, I cleaned the floor around the engine room, then i mounted the boiler for the back accommodation. In the late afternoon, I spent some time on the Frantsis. I don't know why, but I can't forget her!

I took some pictures in the evening to get an impression of how she starts to look!

27th March 2011: Kitchen

The kitchen was build in the afternoon. Not everything is finished yet, but it gives a totally different dimension to the area.

The kitchen, starting to look good

The kitchen, starting to look good

The stars I had ordered for the bow of the Watergeus have arrived. I ordered them through and I'm happy about the service and quality!

One of the stars for the bow


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