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MS Weesp III – Journey Part II

23rd November 2011 – Eurvine delivered the Carpe Diem to Beernem. He had to unload a cargo, but couldn’t take us any further. Andy had painted the ship, but since there was no paint available on the journey, he used the paint he found: water based paint. The ship looked quiet good from a distance but it was hard to undo the ropes since the deck was still sticky.

During the journey we discovered some cooling issues with the engine and at some point one of the belts broke.  We made it to the Houtkaai, but the engine needs a good check.

Stuck in Schiedam

20th November 2011 – It was to much fog to continue our journey. So I returned home in the afternoon after taking some pictures and talking with some local skippers. The skipper gave me his car. He will pick it up when he is in Bruges with his ship.


MS Weesp III – Leaving Amsterdam aboard the Carpe Diem

19th November 2011 – We left Amsterdam at 7 o’clock in the morning. The ship was moored in the Prinsengracht. After one hour we were near the Scheepvaartmuseum. I spent most of the time watching around and taking pictures. The Carpe Diem was designed to fit underneath every bridge in Amsterdam.

At 9 o’clock we were picked up by the kempenaar Harte Aas that would bring us to Rotterdam. Later that evening we arrived in the Merwede harbour.


Public transport in Belgium

18th November 2011 – Leaving early for Amsterdam doesn’t necessarily mean you get on time. Our train had two hours delay because of an accident. We decided to take the bus to Antwerp and then continue by train.

On arrival, we made a walk, the same we are planning to take tomorrow with the boat. It seems that every bridge is high enough to pass!

We had a good meal in the Restaurant De Fles in Amsterdam. Aboard we went to bed, since it would be a heavy day tomorrow!

Preparing for Amsterdam

17th November 2011 – Since we will have to move the boat before Monday, it needs a lot of preparation! This was done today. Since my experience with the Frantsis, Escapade and the Hornblower, it seems like an easy job. Certainly when you are with two people to do the job.

MS Weesp III – A new project for Andy

16th November 2011 – In the evening, after my work, we drove to Amsterdam to visit a ship Andy had seen on Marktplaats. It looked special to me. A low profile ship of nearly 20 meters.

The parking in Amsterdam was expensive, but the boat looked good. A very traditional Dutch interior, a bit like the Watergeus. A finish with t&g. The owner started talking about the history of the ship and how his family had it for over 50 years.

Hornblower – Heather

12th November 2011 – In the morning I went to see another boat for somebody. In the afternoon I started working. The first job was making sure the anchor winch would turn again.


Later I worked on the heater, fitting the chimney and fuel pipe to the tank.

In the evening I mainly spent some time in the bathroom.

Visiting a ship in Oosterhout

12th November 2011 – The good thing of visiting several boats a month is you get an idea on how different people convert different vessels on their own way. They ship I visited today was a rebuilt beurtschip like the Frantsis. Her bow was raised like the Hornblower. The price was a little high and there was to much work. It was moored next to ship where there had been an explosion. So all the windows on one side were gone.

In the afternoon I worked on the Hornblower.

Hornblower – Anchor winch

6th November 2011 – Already since I had the ship I was looking for a small anchor winch. On Internet we found two winches for the leeboards of tjalken. They were for sale in Amsterdam. On arrival, I discovered the man was selling heaters. So I did buy one while I was there. It is a nice big Heatpol.

The other winch will go to the Frantsis.

Hornblower – Bathroom

3rd November 2011 – I have a small room that is suitable for the bathroom. I built the first ribs for the inner walls. The shower is 70cm by 70cm, every wall is 8cm thick. I have 54cm left for the toilet. It is just enough, but I wanted some more space. This is often a major problem on these vessels. They are only 3,2m wide!

The most work in the bathroom is the planning and the plumbing. I’m not sure yet when it will be finished, but I doubt if it will be the end of the year!

Registering Hornblower

3rd November 2011 – I went to the Federal Office for the paperwork of the Hornblower. Those people were looking confused when I told them I wanted to register my yacht from 1901. The term ‘Groningse snik’, the type of vessel, was new to them. I showed them a picture and they started laughing.

This made me think we should preserve more of these small ships. The Hornblower is maybe not the perfect example with her new bow, but at least she is part of an old traditional fleet of Dutch built small vessels.