21st May 2010 – The Ontario is back next to me, alongside the Watergeus. For a day I had a view on the water. I’ll be glad when she is gone, not for the view but for my ropes and steel cables.
Month: May 2010
20th May 2010 – Some stuff has to be taken out tomorrow, so we moved the Ontario by hand to a mooring with land side a bit further on the canal. It was not a real mooring, but we had to improvise something.
17th May 2010 – The Arma had to be moored the other side, so we turned her over in the evening. At least people have now an easier access to get aboard.
16th May 2010 – I continued working in the forepeak, making a wooden frame and drilling holes in the ribs. After many attempts to make something in this area, I believe I’ll finish it this time. At least four times, I tried working in this area. After a few days I start doing something else and I reuse this area for storage. Now, I finally want to make a nice living area for visitors.
15th May 2010 – I removed all the paint from one side of the back accommodation. That’s the side where the wind is blowing the most and the condition of the ship is the worst…
In t he afternoon, I painted the new woodwork in the entrance and living room.
13th May 2010 – There are always small jobs that needs doing. The hold was finished, but a few little details needed doing. One of them was finishing the wood work in the skylight. Well, I’ve just done it.
12th May 2010 – A few weeks ago, a friend, one of my neighbours, came to talk about buying a boat together. We talked for hours, had a beer and then all went home. A few days later we started mailing boats we found on the Internet.
Today we went to have a look at a barge, a small Beurtschip. The same shape of hull as the Watergeus but with a small wheelhouse, no accommodation and most likely, she was used as a tanker.
The ship was on land at a yard in Zwartsluis. Zwartsluis has many yards, on one of them the Watergeus was lengthened in 1962. After driving for over 4 hours, we arrived. At first sight, she was looking good. There was not much known on the barge. The engine was there, but condition unknown. The hold was filled with a lot of stuff and there were as a lot of work on the hull. At the other side, the size was good and the bottom of the ship as well. She had been doubled.
Since we were now having a lot of questions, we made no decisions and returned to Bruges. We shall see the next coming days what the future brings…
7th May 2010 – In the evening I started with wood work in the front accommodation. Since the weather was rather looking good, I continued on the deck till late. The I realized I still had to do some preparations for the job tomorrow.
2nd May 2010 – Besides breaking down the tent and doing the dishes, I decided not to work on the boat. But I already know what to do the coming week…