Tordino – Dead batteries

16th December 2018 – I hadn’t started the engines since the beginning of September. The bowthruster and the generator started straight away. The main engine didn’t. Batteries are broken and need to be replaced. Another cost to add…

Tordino – Adding a few nice models

2nd December 2018 – Once or twice a year, I have the luck of finding some exceptionally nice models of ships. Models that are unique because of the people who made them and the way there were made. I drove to Holland to pick them up. They are now aboard Tordino, on display for everyone who is interested! A nice addition to the collection.

Watergeus – Cutting fuel tank

1st December 2018 – A job I really don’t want to do was cutting the old fuel tank into pieces. I used a jig saw to make sure there were little to no sparks that could create a fire. After three hours, the fuel tank was reduced to some sheets. The new bedroom space looks bigger now. There is a lot that has to be done before it becomes a real room. Removing rust, cleaning, painting, insulation, etc… A few months work.

Watergeus – Cleaning an old storage space

24th November 2018 – Aboard the Watergeus, there was an old storage space. I didn’t use it anymore and most of the stuff that was stored there hadn’t been touched for the last ten years.  It was time to sort it out. I want to make a spare bedroom in this room.

I removed a big workbench and a few cupboards. The fuel tank will be for next week.

Tordino – Getting more space out the hold

17th November 2018 – I went to Ikea to pick up some cupboards for the hold. Latelety I got some nice objects for the museum. The easiest and cheapest way to show them is now to work with open cupboards.

In the afternoon, we worked in the hold, hanging information signs and some more objects, including a restored model of a Dutch liner.

Tordino – Extending the Library

15th November 2018 – One of the next conversions aboard Tordino will the extension of the Library. Behind the Library is a big storage for my tools and spare equipment. I will move it to the Watergeus, so I can start storing my archives on Tordino. It will be a big job, but everytime I’m aboard, I will try to fill my van and bring it to Bruges…

Traditionele Schepenbeurs Den Helder

11th November 2018 – Slightly ill, I decided to go Den Helder. It is one of the last nautical events this year. I was a bit disappointing, since I have the feeling it has become more of a antique shop then about people who are working with historical boats. 

In the afternoon, there was a lecture about the European Certificate for barges. Very interesting. 

On the way back, I knew it was game over. I was becoming more badly ill…

Watergeus – Back in Bruges

8th November 2018 – We left at 7 o’clock in the morning in Zelzate and arrived at 3 o’clock in the afternoon in Bruges. There was a small delay at the lock in Evergem and we had to sail behind a loaded barge in Bruges. The journey went fluently. I had my fingers between the ropes at the lock. Since one of them was already broken, there was no chance I could do anymore ropes. So the mother of the skipper got aboard in Bruges and helped me out.