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Tordino – Managing the Library

17th December 2018 – Another evening working in the Library aboard Tordino. I’ve added around 30 magazines and 20 books  to the inventory.  The magazines were put into boxes, labeled with date and name. It is a lot of work and many more hours will follow.


Tordino – Dead batteries

16th December 2018 – I hadn’t started the engines since the beginning of September. The bowthruster and the generator started straight away. The main engine didn’t. Batteries are broken and need to be replaced. Another cost to add…

Tordino – Adding a few nice models

2nd December 2018 – Once or twice a year, I have the luck of finding some exceptionally nice models of ships. Models that are unique because of the people who made them and the way there were made. I drove to Holland to pick them up. They are now aboard Tordino, on display for everyone who is interested! A nice addition to the collection.

Watergeus – Cutting fuel tank

1st December 2018 – A job I really don’t want to do was cutting the old fuel tank into pieces. I used a jig saw to make sure there were little to no sparks that could create a fire. After three hours, the fuel tank was reduced to some sheets. The new bedroom space looks bigger now. There is a lot that has to be done before it becomes a real room. Removing rust, cleaning, painting, insulation, etc… A few months work.

Watergeus – Cleaning an old storage space

24th November 2018 – Aboard the Watergeus, there was an old storage space. I didn’t use it anymore and most of the stuff that was stored there hadn’t been touched for the last ten years.  It was time to sort it out. I want to make a spare bedroom in this room.

I removed a big workbench and a few cupboards. The fuel tank will be for next week.

Tordino – Getting more space out the hold

17th November 2018 – I went to Ikea to pick up some cupboards for the hold. Latelety I got some nice objects for the museum. The easiest and cheapest way to show them is now to work with open cupboards.

In the afternoon, we worked in the hold, hanging information signs and some more objects, including a restored model of a Dutch liner.

Tordino – Extending the Library

15th November 2018 – One of the next conversions aboard Tordino will the extension of the Library. Behind the Library is a big storage for my tools and spare equipment. I will move it to the Watergeus, so I can start storing my archives on Tordino. It will be a big job, but everytime I’m aboard, I will try to fill my van and bring it to Bruges…