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Stern – Electricity

14th November 2020 – Mainly worked on the electricity, sorting out the cables and connecting them to the right fusebox. In the afternoon, I finally got some hope the cabling will become ok. It is only  a few months ago I put in the wires but by changing the location of the fusebox and building the new wheelhouse, I lost control….

I added some new sockets, like for the coffee machine and the battery charger. I continued removing the old wires and started the engine. It is still running, but the ventilation system isn’t. So I cut away to many cables…

In the evening, I tried building the join between the living room, dashboard and wheelhouse. I tried several things, not sure yet what I will take as a final solution.

 

 

Stern – Electricity

12th November 2020 – If I continue working like this, electricity would have become a nightmare. I drilled through two cables already, had to break open several corners to get to cables. Not how I want to work. So I decided to do the cabling first.  At the end, I managed to get five cables through the dashboard paneling: cabin lights, navigations lights (only two), VHF, horn and the depth meter. 

Reflections on my daily life around the water

9th November 2020 – Yesterday I was cruising on the water with and old boat, today I’m working on my own little yacht Stern, sleeping in my houseboat and thinking about how to paint my museumship. This is pretty much what I’m doing lately. Working on my own ships or talking to friends and making even more plans. I’m glad to have a good hobby, certainly in periods like this where everyone is a bit more down!

The only bit I am missing are those maritime events in Holland…

Stern – Working on the kitchen and outside painting

7th November 2020 – I started early in the morning, mounting the last kitchen cupboard door, finishing the ceiling and the wood around two windows. There were many people walking outside, it was dry and nice weather, so I switched to the outside, painting my railing. It took me more time then expected.

In the evening, I experimented with the dark red paint. It was no success at all! 

Stern – Kitchen

5th November 2020 – Early in the morning, I cut the second sheet of plywood for the kitchen cupboard. A small job, but now it already looks more finished. You never know who is watching through the portholes 😉

Stern – Kitchen part II

4th November 2020 – The best way not to kill your manager is to own a project-boat, somewhere you can spend a lot of time. The Stern is such an example. I was glad to spent some energy on building the second cupboard with the sink for doing the dishes. 

Tordino – Skylight

31st October 2020 – The last day in Belgium before the lockdown. Thankfully the  DIY shops will remain open. In the early morning I went to a cheap tools shop that is closing tomorrow. I was there at 8:30 and the shop opens at 9:00. There was already a massive queue of people waiting. I bought some paint for the Stern, screws and tools.. I lowered it by 11 centimeters. It still looks high, but the difference in colour makes it look strange. Once painted, I hope it will be better. 

 

Then I started looking at the wheelhouse. It needs a lot of maintenance as well. I was surprised to see how quickly Tordino is deteriorating. Next weekend, I will continue to work aboard.