Stern – Small leaks

27th September 2020 – I don’t know what to do at the moment. Still a leak in the corner of the living room and the wheelhouse. A bit further was also water and I noticed some humidity. To much to handle right now. In the afternoon I added some silicone in the corner. I hope it will stay dry. I wonder if turn my ship around, would the other side also be leaking? I will stop working for now on her, no more insulation and wood. If it stays dry for a longer period, I shall continue.

Salvaging a friends boat

26th September 2020 – It was not a pretty view to see the boat laying on it’s side in the water. Certainly not after all the effort we did in the Spring to make her ready for cruising.  We started pumping out the other two boats so we had access to the sunken one.  We put some ropes around her and tried lifting the ship with the car crane of the big one. After two attempts we could keep her just above the water to start pumping. After one more hour it was floating by itself. There is major damage to the engine and electric equipment. 

The day after the storm…

26th September 2020 – The day after the storm wasn’t great. I didn’t sleep, never heard the Watergeus making so much noise. I also received a message from a friend his boat had sunk. In the early morning I checked the Stern. Some rain water had come in. Something I will have to deal with at a later moment. I drove to Tordino where everything was fine, except the wheelhouse. The roof is leaking badly. Another thing on my list. Then I drove to Oudenburg to see how bad the situation was and it was bad!

Stern – Shopping and securing

25th September 2020 – I spent most of the morning shopping for the stern. In the afternoon, I mounted the waterline for the kitchen and secured the ship for the big storm this evening. So fa, no more leaks in the ship!

By the end of the evening, the ship is leaning over to portside because of the wind. This makes me think when I move the ship during a windy day…

Stern – Small bits and pieces in the living room

21st September 2020 – First of all, I was tired from work. It is killing me the way it runs at the moment. I was glad to be home and to do something where you see progress, where I can make my own decisions and be responsible if it goes wrong…

I am  nearly out of wood, new wood was ordered on Saturday, so I started moving the ballast from the Watergeus to the Stern. Eight cans of each 30 kg. It makes a slight difference. I went up by 2 cm at the back. The front lowered around 3 cm. 

The joint of the ceiling from the living room and the wheelhouse was left open in case there would be a fire while welding the wheelhouse.  Now I finished it and build a wooden frame to make it stronger. I used my remaining filler to close the little holes from the nails.

Late in the evening, I made the holes bigger for draining the water from the roof. They are talking about rain on Wednesday.

Stern – Solar panels

19th September 2020 – While the weather was still good, I mounted two solar panels. I will use them to charge my living battery. Just mounting them and bolt them to a metal bar took me two hours. I still need to make proper supports, but I don’t know yet how I will make them.

In the afternoon, I put insulation and t&g in the ceiling of the wheelhouse. I really need to be careful with the weight at the back. In the evening I dropped two sheets of plywood and I’m lowering quickly at the back.