Category: Daily Life around the water

Boats are fine

15th February 2021 – I was worried about my ships. I had to work today and then go to the dentist. I was more afraid something would be wrong with a pipe then they would find some holes in my teeth. But both were fine! Nice weather is coming so I’ll start working again tomorrow. 

Those few degrees extra outside make it back  a warm feeling aboard the Watergeus. I now have again 18°C instead of 8°C.  So, one day of not heating takes three days to heat the whole ship!

When people can start skating…..

14th February 2021 – When people can start skating, it is time to worry about pipes and frost damage. I had trouble with the bathroom outlet but also with the cold water system aboard the Watergeus. I’m not sure yet if the Stern will be fine. I did put a lot of heating aboard but it is still worrying.  I had a few drinks in the evening aboard the Stern. It is a small ship, so easily to heat.  The canal is sill partly frozen so we shall see tomorrow. 

In the meantime, the outlet issue of the Watergeus is solved, but it is still only 11°C in the living room, 3°C more then this morning!

Cold weather

8th February 2021 – I just checked my ships today and it wasn’t a bad idea at all to do so. Snow blew into my door of the Stern. On the Watergeus, I had forgotten to switch on the heather but on Tordino everything was fine. I’m not feeling so comfortable with these temperatures. 

Bruges – High water

29th January 2021 – I have never seen the water so high as today. I was glad to be at home so I could keep an eye on both my ships. The Stern nearly ended up on the wooden beam on the side of the canal. Watergeus is much deeper in the water. Since water was raising quickly, there was the chance  that Watergeus could lift up its gangway or gets stuck underneath it. None of this happened! 

Tordino – No power again

30th November 2020 – I woke up early and noticed there wasn’t AIS signal again. When I arrived aboard, the charger went in failure. I switched the heather to the mains power, which is not so reliable, but at least, it is working.  Batteries are charging and AIS is on. Heating now works as well, let’s hope, it stays well. 

 

It reminds me of two years ago when I had to go to the yard. Just at that moment , I had a faulty inverter. Now it is cold again and this is happening. It is nice to have comfort and automatic systems, as long as they work!

Reflections on my daily life around the water

9th November 2020 – Yesterday I was cruising on the water with and old boat, today I’m working on my own little yacht Stern, sleeping in my houseboat and thinking about how to paint my museumship. This is pretty much what I’m doing lately. Working on my own ships or talking to friends and making even more plans. I’m glad to have a good hobby, certainly in periods like this where everyone is a bit more down!

The only bit I am missing are those maritime events in Holland…

Salvaging a friends boat

26th September 2020 – It was not a pretty view to see the boat laying on it’s side in the water. Certainly not after all the effort we did in the Spring to make her ready for cruising.  We started pumping out the other two boats so we had access to the sunken one.  We put some ropes around her and tried lifting the ship with the car crane of the big one. After two attempts we could keep her just above the water to start pumping. After one more hour it was floating by itself. There is major damage to the engine and electric equipment. 

The day after the storm…

26th September 2020 – The day after the storm wasn’t great. I didn’t sleep, never heard the Watergeus making so much noise. I also received a message from a friend his boat had sunk. In the early morning I checked the Stern. Some rain water had come in. Something I will have to deal with at a later moment. I drove to Tordino where everything was fine, except the wheelhouse. The roof is leaking badly. Another thing on my list. Then I drove to Oudenburg to see how bad the situation was and it was bad!

Stress for the crossing

12th September 2020 – I picked up two friends who have their barge in Nieuwpoort. They will be towed to Ramsgate tomorrow. I am always nervous when moving one of my bigger ships, but they were nervous as well. No matter how I tried to calm down the situation, there was a continuous doubt. We had a good meal and a drink and when I left I was pretty sure they would make it with no major issues.