Month: March 2021

Tordino – Cleaning deck and painting the lifeboat

28th March 2021 – It was a very windy day. I started by cutting through the ribs of the bottom of the new entrance. Now it is a big hole and stuff can be lowered down. It was slightly tricky since I didn’t one the plate to fall down.  It worked out fine with some clamps and some wood.

I removed some paint from the decks, another two meters are gone.

My mother painted the lifeboat while I had it attached to the car. It was the only safe way to do so.

Tordino – Cutting up a watertank and working on the new entrance

26th March 2021 – I have four watertanks in the hold. One needs to go to make space for the stairs of the new entrance. I cut the tank into several pieces to take it out. Then it was time to remove the wood around the ceiling and walls.

In the late afternoon, two friends helped lowering the frame for the stairs. Now it is up to me to get them in position.

Tordino – Distance keepers

23rd March 2021 – The second part of the distance keepers arrived today. We unloaded them and put them on the street side to paint them. The whole construction is much heavier then expected. I got some paint left from another project and the first set of parts got a first coat of primer.

Stern – Moving alongside the Watergeus

22nd March 2021 – Now that the new ship of my neighbor has arrived, it was time to clean up the mooring and move it back alongside the Watergeus. I was surprised the see the engine starting on only 8v instead of 12v. I kept it running for a while so the battery can charge. My other neighbour helped me with the rope work.

Stad Rotterdam – Sailing to Bruges Day 5

22nd March 2021 – I had a good nights sleep aboard the Watergeus. Makes a difference! We left Beernem in the dark and by the time we arrived at the first bridge, it was daylight. We were stuck behind a tanker for the whole journey. It was a lovely day, steering in the sun and just enjoying the typical (to me boring) view of the canal Bruges-Ostend.

We have done the journey in 38 hours, spread over five days. If the lock and bridges would be open on Sunday and we had no engine failure, three days would have been easily done.

Stad Rotterdam – Sailing to Bruges Day 4

21st March 2021 – We left Zelzate at 8 o’clock in the morning. The lock of Evergem is opening at 10, so we had plenty of time. It was again a cold night. I was surprised to see how busy it was at the lock of Evergem, certainly on a Sunday morning.

At lunch time we arrived at Beernem where we moored the ship alongside Tordino. We had a few drinks and went home.