Month: February 2021

Tordino – Cleaning and painting

23rd February 2021 – I sanded down the cabin on port side and gave it a fresh coat of white paint. The new entrance also got it first coat. It is starting to look a bit more like  an integrated entrance. I had some trouble connecting the hose for the drainage of the water. It is now attached to the pipes, but it certainly needs adjusting. The pipe is no standard size so I will have to buy a bigger hose. 

At the end of the afternoon, I went to the other side of the canal to take some more pictures. 

Tordino – Another day of work for the entrance

20th February 2021 – We started early in the morning we were stopped yesterday. With a heavy jack we managed to get the cabin in position, a tricky and dangerous operation where many things could go wrong. Having the right tools is half the job. Not being afraid the other half. 

I could not take many pictures since I was holding the tools or the cabin so it would not fall in the water. At the end of the evening we didn’t finish all the welding. Another day is necessarily to finis the job.  Before going home I cleaned most of the grinding dust from the deck. 

Stern – Wheelhouse

19th February 2021 – Still disappointing about this morning, I went to have a look at the Hornblower where they are rebuilding her. It motivated me to start on the Stern. Aboard the Stern, I did some t&g around the cupboards in the wheelhouse and around the windows. I cut the remaining expanded foam as well.

One serious day of working and most of the wheelhouse should be finished.

Boats are fine

15th February 2021 – I was worried about my ships. I had to work today and then go to the dentist. I was more afraid something would be wrong with a pipe then they would find some holes in my teeth. But both were fine! Nice weather is coming so I’ll start working again tomorrow. 

Those few degrees extra outside make it back  a warm feeling aboard the Watergeus. I now have again 18°C instead of 8°C.  So, one day of not heating takes three days to heat the whole ship!

When people can start skating…..

14th February 2021 – When people can start skating, it is time to worry about pipes and frost damage. I had trouble with the bathroom outlet but also with the cold water system aboard the Watergeus. I’m not sure yet if the Stern will be fine. I did put a lot of heating aboard but it is still worrying.  I had a few drinks in the evening aboard the Stern. It is a small ship, so easily to heat.  The canal is sill partly frozen so we shall see tomorrow. 

In the meantime, the outlet issue of the Watergeus is solved, but it is still only 11°C in the living room, 3°C more then this morning!

Watergeus – frozen pipes

14th February 2021 – No matter how hard I tried keeping everything warm, the outlet pipe for the bathroom is frozen. I can’t use the shower or toilet at the moment. It is really cold, dry air and minus 5°C.  I added another electric heather in the technical room. Let’s hope there is no permanent damage.

Tordino – Welding brackets on the davit and mounting the little boat

11th February 2021 – I welded a few extra supports to the crane. Since I was welding from a a cable of over 120 meters, I nearly had no power to weld. In the end, it is secure but not the best weld. Once I have proper shore power, I will remake it. I had the same issues with the winch. It is stitched but not properly welded.

In the afternoon, a friend came to help giving the little boat a push so it is now hanging in the crane. My initial idea to push her off the side didn’t work and there no big boats coming that would move Tordino that much the little boat would shift by itself.