Category: Daily Life around the water

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.

Visiting a spits barge in Evergem

1st August 2020 – A person I once met through facebook called me about his spits barge that might go to the scrapyard. We went to Evergem and had a look. It is nice old spits barge with some history. It has a beautiful accommodation. I sincerely hope there will be future for the ship.

Once the visiting was over, the owner invited us to his place for a drink and a chat. Boats bring people together. 

Making a barge ready for leaving the harbour of Nieuwpoort to the UK

11th July 2020 – I was in Nieuwpoort again to help putting the last bits together for the journey of the Anna Sophia to England. The skipper is a friend of mine and we chatted while fixing several issues. By the time most things got sorted out, it was to late to leave for the lock with the tide. The journey is now postponed… 

It wasn’t a lucky moment for the owners. Batteries were dead and charging them took a long time. Broken navigations lights are an issue when crossing at night. You must be seen on a busy shipping line like the North Sea. Weather wasn’t stable and it remained a little to windy.

A nice barge in Bruges

11th July 2020 – In the evening I met a nice English skipper with a beautiful barge, the Alberdina. He is planning to go to Paris with his ship, but needs a place for the next couple of days. Since the Minart is sold and the owners are not around, I suggested mooring alongside. I am always up for a nice ship alongside. This morning he arrived, I took a rope.

During the day, I noticed people starting to take pictures. 

Checking a tjalk in Nieuwpoort

8th July 2020 – I promised the owners of the Anna Sofia to have a check and to have some stuff done. Sadly enough I didn’t had any time yet. It took me some time to find the vessel and the jobs that needs to be done will take some time. Luckily enough I had silicon and a silicon gun in my car to seal the sink of the bathroom.  The other jobs have to be done Saturday evening.

It is a lovely interior, traditional Dutch, but with some nice details like old doors, stain glass, etc… It gives a cosy feeling! Some new nice ideas for my yacht came up. Only if I had the time to work on the Stern…