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Stern – Moving the ship

6th September 2020 – I started late today, had a good sleep first. The toilet is the next room I want to work on. I changed the support for the toilet and continued with t&g.

In the afternoon, we moved the Stern behind the Watergeus for welding. A lot needs to be done, so it was easier moving her behind me where the mooring is free at the moment.  I had no time of taking pictures since we were with three and all needed both our hands. 

Stern – Empty spaces

31st August 2020 – One thing I cannot afford is to have empty spaces aboard the Stern. It is a small ship and I want to get as much space as possible out of it. There is a lot of lost space around the water tank. I finished one corner. It took me most of the evening, but I’m happy with the result. 

I made the inspection hatches half the size on the bed. It is less heavy to lift them. I will still have an issue with the matras on top of it, but these are worries for later.

Stern – Building a bed

30th August 2020 – The day started badly. I hadn’t seen that much rain in such a short period.  I could only hope the Stern would not have to many leaks.  Once the rain stopped, I had to empty the small boat first. It was nearly sinking.  The Stern was fine, but I had a leak at the front. I put a bucket while dropping some silicone as a temporary measurement to prevent any more damage.  I unloaded the wood from the car and started working. 

The goal was to create a bed as big as possible, to have some storage and to make sure I could still enter the room. It took me hours and during the building process I got an idea what I wanted and how I wanted it. Access to the water tank was also needed.

Stern – Putting the watertank in position

29th August 2020 – A major job was getting the water tank in sleeping room. I had to break down a part of a wall and a door. I have to do it now before I finish that room. Also the tank needs to go since we are replacing the wheelhouse soon.  Lowering the tank was quick. It fitted nicely on the new build floor. I was a bit disappointed about the size; the Stern is very round and I could not fit it like I wanted. anyway, it is where it should be. 

In the evening, I had a drink wit a friend in the wheelhouse, the first time I’ve used the Stern as a place to invite friends. More occasions will follow!

Stern – Bedroom

23rd August 2020 – The bedroom needs to be finished first so I can put the watertank in position. The bow was still filled with insulation, so I had to move that first. After a lot of moving around, I could start working. In the evening I filled the holes of the nails with filler. Painting will be for another day.


Stern – Watertank

21st August 2020 – I drove to Holland to pick up a water tank for the Stern. I wanted a specific size, and I was happy where I bought them for the Hornblower years ago…

I need a specific size so it fits through the door, and underneath the bed, without causing stability issues on the ship. I asked a few people to measure how deep the ship will be after building a wheelhouse and having a filled up watertank. 100kgs means the ship lowers 1 centimetre.  I calculated the weight of the wheelhouse to be around 500 kgs and a filled up watertank 400 kgs including its own weight.  I cannot afford the ship to be another 10 centimetres deeper, so I have to start thinking about the weight since there is no furniture yet aboard and I still need to finish many things.