Category: Daily Life around the water

Watergeus – A story that ends today

13th May 2022 – Tomorrow I will deliver the keys to the new owners. I closed down the website watergeus.be and the Facebook page of Watergeus. The website Living Afloat which was intentionally built for people to follow the conversion of the Watergeus will remain online. I’m not leaving the water, still having the Stern and Tordino and living along the water in a canal house… 

I will continue to help people with tips and tricks to live on a barge. And who knows, maybe one day I might just buy another one. All my tools are in storage, not thrown away! 

For the followers of my blog, not much will change. I hope to start soon on finishing the Stern and in the meantime, you can follow the life on the canal and the museum aboard Tordino. 

where it all started in December 2005

Barrie Grant

19th February 2022 – Today I received some bad news. A good friend, Barrie Grant passed away. He was always travelling with his tjalk Silk Purse and was often alongside Watergeus or Tordino. He died while trying to help a neighbour in the marine of Ypres during the storm yesterday. I remember him as a real enthusiastic person, together wit his wife, always giving me a beer and making time for a good chat! He will be missed.

Boat stuck on the side of the canal

8th January 2022: A barge was stuck on the side of the Canal. Heavy winds blew the ship to the side. The sides are very shallow and full of rocks and bricks. 

We tried pulling her out with our vlet, but this was not successful. A tractor came to help and we pulled the ship of the rocks. Sadly enough, the wind blew the ship back on it. Since water was still dropping in the canal, we gave up and went home.

 

Winter blues

4th December 2021 – The weather isn’t right, a lot of rain and wind. The canal needs continues to be low for the water. I’m glad I have my new sofa and some time to read books. Working on the boats isn’t possible at all.  On the other hand, I’ve done enough this year!

A new addition to the fleet

3rd September 2021 – This evening I picked up a Wildflower sailing boat. It is basically a dinghy that can be used as a motorboat, sailing ship or just for rowing. American design, but this one is produced in Germany in 1972. So next year, it will be 50 years old! The boat is just under 4 meters of  length and 1.7m wide. I also got a metal frame to store it on. The only thing I need to find now is storage space.


 

 


 The weight of the boat is supposed to be 45kg, but I had a feeling it is more. There is water in the air compartments.  The ship comes with all the original equipment, even te bags for the sails are original with the brand.

Some more specifications:

  • Sails: 30m2
  • Type: sloop
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Living by the water – More then just boats

8th August 2021 – Since I’m still new in Oudenburg I made a nice walk with a neighbour, something I do every few evenings. She lives by the water and I live on the water. Two different worlds, but both of them are just the same in many ways. Where I used to watch the boats and the people on the water, I now start looking more at the environment, trees, open fields, birds, …. Living on a canal is more then just boats!