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Stern – Cleaning and painting

14th June 2020 – I gave a second coat of paint on the front of the cabin. You can still see where I welded. Not happy about the result. For the rest of the day, I did some cleaning and removed the last old stuff from the bow area. Before leaving, I quickly build a mast for the back. A small detail, but at least something done…

Stern – Front windows

11th June 2020 – I was in doubt if I would keep the windows, but make new ones, or just close the gaps and maybe at the most put some portholes in. After cutting out the old window, I had a look and the window accentuated the shape of the roof to much. I closed one windows, but it will take me another day to finish the welding properly.

Tordino – A quick check

10th June 2020 – AIS was down for 24 hours, so I had a look and while I was there, I started cleaning the kitchen and living accommodation. All my stuff from the Stern were still unsorted under and on the table.

 

Tordino – Covering the vlet

8th June 2020 – I put a cover over the Stern on the roof of the cabin. There was some water in it, but I want to keep the situation clean. I’m also afraid of the weight it might cause when the vlet is filled up with water.

Stern – Welding small bits and pieces

6th June 2020 – Waking up a little late, I decided to finish the deck plate and while I was welding, a few more items were done like supports for the gangway, a basic frame for the cover of the skylight.

The deck on portside was cleaned and painted in black. It starts to look good!

I secured the windows and cover a little more since wind is coming hard.

Stern – Early morning job

4th June 2020 – It was becoming to late yesterday to put a layer of Silicon around the windows. I got up early in the morning before the rain would start and sealed the sides of the windows. Let’s hope it is dry  when it starts raining.

Stern – Welding

3rd June 2020 – With better power to weld, I continued welding the windows inside and outside. In the afternoon I went to Tordino to get another lifeboat and in the evening, after  a visit from a good friend, I continued. Sadly enough it was already late and they are predicting bad weather tomorrow. So I had to continue cutting plywood to cover the windows. Happy with the result, but it is the second day of hard working and I feel it!

Tordino – A new lifeboat

3rd June 2020 – Aboard the Tordino is a plastic lifeboat. A common Janneau model I don’t like. It was already painted brown to look older, but today I had the chance of getting a riveted lifeboat with inboard engine and spare engine. The Antares came alongside and with a small davit, we managed to swap boats and had a coffee as well!

Stern – Welding windows and moving her to Bruges

2nd June 2020 – I started early in the morning welding the windows frames. All four of them were mounted and partly welded by the late afternoon. I am welding on solar panels and batteries. This has a negative influence on the start of the weld process. Anti stitch doesn’t work that good.  Secondly I ran out of welding rots.

There was still the plan of moving the ship to Bruges. It was now alongside Tordino, but commercial barges had issues of taking a mooring. I want to keep them as friends, so it was time to say goodbye and leave. I had no friends who could join, so I just went by myself to Bruges. Everything went fine till I got to the pedestrian bridge at Steenbrugge. I couldn’t fit under that bridge with the mast sticking out. I had to run several times to the front to lower the mast, return to the wheelhouse to adjust the steering. Knowing I had no deck to walk on, people were watching, but it didn’t go wrong!

At the lock, the bridge was broken, so I moored alongside Rio Claro, in the lock my ropes were to short but again, I made it safely. Next bridge: also broken, since I had no ropes left, I floated for one hour and made it safely after four hours to the mooring alongside the Watergeus.

Stern – Ballast and first window frame

31st May 2020 – I picked up around 300kgs of metal for ballast. I got it for free from someone who had just bought three containers  of old stuff from a warehouse. On the way home I picked up free curver boxes to store the metal in. It took me some time to unload it and store it on the Watergeus.

In the evening I went to the Stern and made a frame for the first of six windows. I’m not so happy with the result, but if prevents rainwater from coming in, I’m happy.