Month: May 2019

Visiting a ship in Drimmelen harbour

27th May 2019 –  A friend wants to buy a small boat for cruising around and having some fun. He found a special ship. It looks like a sleepvlet, but was mainly used as a multifunctional work boat. The inside is a bit smaller then expected, but easy to convert.

While I was walking around I found a very nice IJselaak. It was to expensive for my budget, but on the outside it looked like a traditional conversion of the early seventies.

I would go for the ship with the most rivets….

Watergeus – Bedroom

19th May 2019 – I just worked a little on the bedroom. I don’t think I ever spent such a long period over building a bedroom.  It still isn’t finished since I could not cut the wood outside and inside, it makes to much dust.

Watergeus – Removing rust and small jobs

18th May 2019 – I have been collecting all kinds of stuff in and around the Watergeus. They are elements I have plans for. The two solar panels have been there since 2015. We now put them on the wheelhouse roof and I hope to connect them soon.

The anchor in the grass came from the Arma. I was doubting to put her in my Museum aboard Tordino or to put her here on deck. She is now welded next to my letterbox. Since I didn’t know where to put her, I started cleaning the anchor early in the morning. Besides the name of the ship, the weight and the SI number, I also discovered a small logo.

The propeller on deck seems to be a bronze one like I expected. I did a quick clean. I have no exact plans yet, but she is likely to be used as a table.

During the day I removed as much rust as possible from the den on port side. It confronts me with the initial conversion of the Watergeus. When I started building the Watergeus, my plan was to be safe for 20 years. Last week I discovered a leak in the deck and today another one. It makes you think. Maybe a bit more of maintenance would have been good.

The last thing done in the evening were replacing the hinges on the entrance to the storage unit aboard. They had been broken for some time, but I wanted to put a porthole in that entrance. Therefore the hinges had to be replaced first.

 

Website nearly up-to-date

17th May 2019 – Since January 2018 I have been working on this new website. I was moving the old content to his new system. The plan was to move everything in a few months. It took me over a year, a bit like boat planning…

Besides the conversion of the Watergeus, most content has moved and additions have been added. Comments, suggestions? Let me know!

Watergeus – Bathroom roof

12th May 2019 – One of the bigger issues is water that stays on the roof of the bathroom. The metal shows severe pitting. I cleaned it today by removing the paint and rust. I put a high quality paint on op top of it to give it some protection. I also made some cuttings for the water to drain from the roof. 

Maritime expo in Gorinchem

9th May 2019 – We went to the annual expo in Gorinchem, a nice event where you learn all the new evolutions in shipping and equipment. It is also the ideal place for networking. Outside the building, a group of ship model owners were giving an explanation on their hobby and their models. There was a very nice model looking like Tordino…

Aquarel – At the yard

1st May 2019 – I went to Lauwersoog in the Netherlands for a special reason. The Aquarel was at the yard by her new owners. She is being fully restored and repainted. A job I’ve never done. The owners managed last year to get the engine running. Now it was time to get a new survey.

I have a lot of respect for the current owners and what they have realised in such a short period.