Author: frederic

Tordino- Ceiling and insulation

19th January 2020 – My father finished the insulation of the sides. Now I can finish the walls. I’m halfway with the ceiling. The deadline at the end of the month is impossible to make.  But this is something boat people are used to  live with: no deadlines on a ship.

Tordino -Ceiling

18th January 2020 – We started with the ceiling. Same thing as the last two conversions. Cutting the wooden planks, lifting them up and sliding them into the frame. The nice thing about this job is the result. It looks finished from the moment you put them up.  I went halfway the hold. The rest will be for another day.

My father continued insulating the hold. Nearly there… 

Tordino – Building the frame around the old lifeboat

13th January 2020 – A last difficult bit is building the frame around the old lifeboat. I can’t get to it, but I can’t move the boat either. It took me some time, but I managed to build the wall and building the top side was easy since I could stand in the boat. A lot was done this evening.

Since the lock in Bruges was broken, a pusher came  alongside with a pontoon. They stayed for the night.

Tordino – Insulation and painting

4th January 2020 – My parents came to help me. Father did the insulation and mother did some painting. In the meantime, I continued building the frame for the rest of the hold. I hope this conversion is over quickly so I can continue running my museum. It is the last bit of the ship that needs converting. With the experience of the rest of the hold, I try to create as much space as possible to put objects and television screens.

Tordino – Working on the supports

28th December 2019 – With all my tools in position and the museum stuff covered with plastic, I could finally start finishing the supports for the ceiling. I worked with t&g to finish the construction, but time wasn’t on my side. I lost a few hours in the morning moving the anchor winch to a different location. This heavy piece of metal weights around 600kgs.