12th October 2014 – Since I don’t stand stable enough on my foot to cut big sheets of wood, my father came to help. While he was working with the saw, I put silicon on all the welding joints. At least no condensation can come the joints of the metal sheets. I don’t know whether it will help or be of any use. It is something to evaluate when they scrap the boat.
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11th October 2014 – The first serious day of working. It was raining so I jumped on two jobs, putting the mast together and welding the stairs to the hold.
7th October 2014 – For over a month I hadn’t been aboard the Aquarel. Everything was there like I left it… I didn’t know where to start, so I cleaned up what I was last doing and continued insulating the den of the ship.
6th September 2014 – There are only 24 hours a day, no matter how I try to do my best…. I decided to dedicate the whole day to work on the Aquarel. While my mother did some painting I managed to finish some more of the studio in the hold. Two walls are finished and the frame for the ceiling was also screwed to the wooden beams.
It took some time to get the curve right. I want to have a rounded ceiling, not a straight one. On the other side, I want to keep my ceiling height. The hold is undeep and I want to keep over two meters of standing height.
30th August 2014 – The cube for the the mast foot was welded today and tested. It was filled with water and only a few drips came out in the hold. It got another weld so it is watertight. The support was welded as well and the first bracket for the arm of the mast. The weather stayed dry so all the outside welding was done. My neighbours had a wedding party so we didn’t make it to late. A nice day and a lot of progress!
23rd August 2014 – Painting time. My mother came to paint the wheelhouse. By the end of this fine day, we got most of it done.
While she was painting, I continued on that kitchen. I would have been bankrupt if I was working for other people building a kitchen. Never thought it would take me that long…
21st August 2014 – Since the welding around my kitchen is finished I can concentrate on the woodwork again. It took me some time to mount the frame and the steel wires to hold the insulation. I’m surprised to see how much insulation that goes into a small area… Anyway, by the end of the evening the wall was finished to hold the kitchen sink and the other units.
16th August 2014 – Nice weather, slightly cloudy. I had two thick sheets of metal for the mast support. This needs to be strong since it has to hold a serious weight in the near future. It took us all day to make the support and a waterproof casing for the foot of the mast.
15th August 2014 – A national holiday on a Friday. This is perfect for a long weekend of working aboard the Aquarel. The only element I couldn’t count on was the weather. The whole day was raining. Anyway, I managed to weld the remaining supports for the hatches. At least when it is stormy, I don’t have to worry to much about losing them.
Heavy rain continued and therefore it was necessary to work inside. The metal framework for the watertanks was welded. The watertanks float above the wooden floor. In case I have to weld at the yard, I can get access to the bilges without moving my tanks.
25th July 2014 – The corner between the entrance to the hold is now finished with insulation and multiplex. It was a test case to see how I could do the rest of the hold. It went surprisingly well and I’m happy with the result. If I can do the rest like this as well, I might finish one side of the hold very quickly…
24th July 2014 – At the moment I have to much stuff in the hold. Insulation and wood are taking a lot of space. I’m now going to concentrate on insulating some parts of the boat to get rid of the insulation and wood. I did some silicon on the joins where the roof was welded. In case I missed something when welding, I know it is now closed.
21st July 2014 – The weather was cloudy but dry. I finished the air vent for the toilet. It is a welded pipe with a cover in RVS. Something I made myself. Later that day I welded one profile for my hatches and did remove the old paint around it.
In the late afternoon the new metal was all painted. It looks less rusty now!
19th July 2014 – The outside needs attention. Of the three boats moored here, she isn’t looking the best one. We temporarily welded the mast so it out of the way. All the supports for the hatches are welded.
The hatches on the front hold now have security brackets. They can’t blow away and are looking tidy.
15th July 2014 – Insulating the boat is one of the jobs I don’t like. Nevertheless, it has to be done at some point. The wall between the bedroom area and the hold got some insulation. Since I had some time left, I cut two sheets of multiplex and mounted them.
14th July 2014 – I have enough of the hold. To much stuff, I can’t walk around or move a single sheet of multiplex without hitting at least ten other things…. I had some water in the bilges yesterday and I can’t get to it properly because my stuff is at that location. All those things were working slightly on my nerves. The deal for today: just cleaning, no construction work!
At the end of the evening, I could slightly walk around and started doing some work anyway. All the welding joints of the roof will be sealed with silicon on the inside of the boat. Briefly calculated, there is about 180 meters where I have to put silicon. I did the bathroom area and stared insulating the den. I’m using 12cm of Rockwool. It might not be enough, but for the purposes she will be used it is ok.