9th September 2016 – I added some more t&g to the sides of the wheelhouse. It feels cleaner already and I’m not even half way!
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8th September 2016 – Just started with t&g in the wheelhouse. I had some old nice wood, but it was to hard to use it. Nothing is straight and I would lose to much of the wood when cutting it the right size. I’ll use it on another project one day…
7th September 2016 – Instead of working, we just had another trip on the water. I did have intentions to start working, but it will be for another time.
4th September 2016 – Just back from London, I wanted to do something. I’m not in the mood for working. I want to drive my ship, not convert it. I made the priority to finish the wheelhouse first. A flag mast was added at the back and secured.
2nd September 2016 – Today, I had to leave a nice group of people behind, to go back to my daily routine in Bruges. I’ll be back at some point. I like it to much there. It is more then just a mooring, it is a community.
1st September 2016 – Something different, writing my blog with a view on Tower Bridge, fast passing ferries and being shaken all the time.
31th August 2016 – We arrived at 9 o’clock in the morning, nearly 29 hours after we left Ostend. It was a great journey with a friendly crew.
30th August 2016 – In August a dream came through for me. I was able to join and help on a crossing with a Dutch barge from Belgium to London. It was a pleasant experience and I hope to do it again. I made new friends and discovered a different look at barges and how people use them. Many thanks to my English friends!
At 3 o’clock this morning, we left Ostend, heading to London. It was a nice journey with no issues. We arrived the next day, 29 hours later in London.
29th August 2016 – We had to move the barge back to Ostend. It was a short journey with good weather. One of my neighbours joined for the journey.
27th August 2016 – The last bit of the journey. We left the port of Ostend and headed for Bruges.
26th August 2016 – We left Bruinisse in the early morning and head to the Veerse Meer. From there we continued to Middelburg, where we added some more fuel. From Middelburg to Vlissingen was a nightmare. We had to wait 20 minutes before they would open a bridge. There were five bridges, so we lost a lot of time!
Once in Vlissingen, we passed the lock and went over sea to Ostend. Arrived in Ostend, we had a beer and a good meal! A successfully journey. If we didn’t had to wait for the bridges in Middelburg, we could have been in Bruges….
20th Augustus 2016 – The handle is a bit hard to move. I welded a strong support to bolt the steering system. It now works nicely and it looks good. A wheel, a forward and reverse handle. What else do you need for a journey? Standing in the wheelhouse now makes it possible to start dreaming.
20th August 2016 – I just went to Antwerp with a friend, driving around, looking for boats, wrecks, projects, etc… Had a few beers in some local bars.
19th August 2016 – I knew it would become a busy day since I had to go Antwerp. There was one job I wanted to do, cutting a hole in the engine room to have access to the wheelhouse. When I broke down the previous wheelhouse, the panel for the engine room wasn’t disconnected. it was lowered in the engine room and now I had put it back. So I made hole big enough to fit it through. I also pushed the forward/reverse handle through that hole.