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Working on a yacht in Oosterhout

9th June 2012 – Sill busy. I’m working on several projects at the same time, helping people around. I’m still updating the pages of the Watergeus.

Today I went to Oosterhout, helping a friend sorting out his new yacht. It’s an eighties built yacht with a classic look. Metal hull and a wooden top construction.

Watergeus – To Bruges

7th June 2012 – We left at six o’clock and arrived three hours later on the mooring. Everything went well till I touched a 380v cable and hurt myself…

The rest of they day I decided to keep it easy and relax…

Watergeus – To Beernem

6th June 2012: I have no experience on mooring a ship on a tidal river. They gave me some advice at the yard, but every few hours I woke up to adjust my ropes. One of the guys was afraid the front bollard wouldn’t hold the current, so I added a few more ropes.

The crew arrived at eleven o’clock and we started at one. We had to wait for the right tide. It was a nice and relaxing journey. The weather was not to bad. No rain and no wind. Sadly enough no sun as well…

Late in the evening, we made it to to Beernem where I would stay for one night.


Watergeus – In the water

5th June 2012 – The shaft was fixed in the morning. We were lowered in the water at four o’clock. They had to wait for the tide before launching a ship in the water. Another ship was next to me. They had to lower it in the water before I could go.

While I had to wait, the crane people lifted my anchor so she is out of the water. The big skylight from the Frantsis is now underneath my hatches. It is looking better like this.


Watergeus – Painting at the yard

2nd June 2012 – While I have to wait for the bus of the shaft to arrive, we had plenty of time left. The weather was good, so we started painting. First the red part and then a silver line around the ship. I’ve painted the bow in silver as well. The rudders are now red again.






Watergeus – Survey

30th May 2012 – When I woke up, people of the yard were measuring the propeller and the amount of space between the bus and the shaft. It was to much so they will have to put a new bus on the shaft.

At eleven o’clock I had a visit of the surveyor. It took us a few hours to go around the ship and check the thickness of the plates. Cleaning the metal with a slap tool is a very hard job. I didn’t like it!

In the afternoon I heard the verdict. The ship was sound, but I had to double one plate and one rivet needs welding. So besides the propeller there are no other major costs. They will weld some anodes to the ship to prevent the boat from rusting quicker.

The yard wants to weld the plate tomorrow. I have two options, cutting open the floor or filling up the ship with water in the bilges. I choose to cut open the floor and do fire guarding myself.

My parents started painting the hull in the evening, when the temperature got just below 25°C.


Watergeus – On the slipway

29th May 2012 – At ten o’clock they started pulling up the first ship. One hour later, two tugs came to pull up the Watergeus. In no time, I was dry docked and they started cleaning the ship. At first sight, she looks in a reasonable good condition.




Watergeus – Going to the yard – day 2

26th May 2012 – Driving your barges through Bruges is very annoying since it takes a lot of time with all those bridges. We left at 8.30 to be sure that, if something would go wrong, we have enough time to find a solution. And yes, it went wrong again. Now Steenbrugge would not open. If they would only maintain their bridges a little more…

Sadly enough, something went wrong. Yesterday the lock, today a bridge. After several attempts it opened in the end. They want us to have a survey for the ship, but their own equipment is useless…

I moored along two friend, had a nice evening, a BBQ and we talked for hours! At least, I had the feeling of being on a holiday!

Watergeus – Going to the yard

25th May 2012 – We left at 8 o’clock in the morning. The first part, approximately 1km had to be done backwards. The ship has no reverse since the propeller is partly above the water. The wind was blowing us to the wrong side. It took a lot of effort, time and man power to get her trough the first bridge.

Once turned in the big dock, we heard on the radio that the lock was broken. A hydraulic pipe burst and the oil was in the lock. We moored along a tanker for a while and then decided to put the ship in a corner near the lock. This is a lovely place to put a ship, totally surrounded by green.


In the afternoon when the lock was working, and my skipper went home, they asked me to move my ship. I called another skipper who helped me moving the boat. Once in the lock, the doors wouldn’t close.

After two hours we were able to leave the lock and get a mooring near the mills. I didn’t make the planning, I’m starting to worry. The first day is gone and I live only moved the boat 3 kilometers.