Author: frederic

Tordino – To warm to work outside

15th May 2022 – Just to warm to work outside, lovely to be inside the hold where it is still cold. So I just continued scanning old documents.

In the evening when it was a little colder we made a nice walk… Walking along the canal is like a holiday.

Tordino – Lowering the porthole of a sunken lightvessel, scanning and having a drink with friends

14th May 2022 – After a heavy morning, some change of plans, I had a good breakfast with my girl and went to Tordino. I lowered an extremely heavy porthole from the sunken lightship Westhinder into the hold. I did some scanning to change my mind.

In the evening, some friends came and we had a drink! A day well spent, despite missing a good friend!


Watergeus – A story that ends today

13th May 2022 – Tomorrow I will deliver the keys to the new owners. I closed down the website and the Facebook page of Watergeus. The website Living Afloat which was intentionally built for people to follow the conversion of the Watergeus will remain online. I’m not leaving the water, still having the Stern and Tordino and living along the water in a canal house… 

I will continue to help people with tips and tricks to live on a barge. And who knows, maybe one day I might just buy another one. All my tools are in storage, not thrown away! 

For the followers of my blog, not much will change. I hope to start soon on finishing the Stern and in the meantime, you can follow the life on the canal and the museum aboard Tordino. 

where it all started in December 2005

Watergeus – Removing the bedroom and cactuses

12th May 2022 – Today I removed the bedroom furniture. These where the first proper pieces put in the Watergeus. I also removed the cactuses from behind the windows, they have been there for nearly 15 years! The bedroom will be reused as firewood and the cactuses will move to Tordino for a second life!

I took some nice pictures of a clean Watergeus, ready for her new owners.



Watergeus – moving stuff

10th May 2022 – Probably one the last days of moving stuff. I just parked my car in the street to fill it. I don’t know where to store it, but at least the boat will be empty in time. 

A friend came who could use some stuff. At least I’m glad I don’t have to throw it away. I had some old traffic lights, dating back from when I had the Brother….

Tordino – Paperwork and objects

7th May 2022 – I ran the engine for one hour and discovered the expansion tank for the water was empty. I don’t have a good feeling with this! Around 15 litres of water was added, we shall see how it goes next time.

A new metal bar was welded so the railing is looking more traditional again and my flower pots are nicely supported.

In the afternoon, I spent most of my time scanning documents and mounting old items like the namesign of the Ross Leopard and the  Frantsis, which was stored aboard the Watergeus for years.

Tordino – Flowers

5th May 2022 – We moved the flowers from the Watergeus to Tordino. It looks much more alive on Tordino now. I will have to do some welding to repair the railing at the back accommodation.

In the evening we had a meeting with the neighbourhood about the future of Plassendale.