Category: Daily Life around the water

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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Stad Rotterdam – Moving to Oudenburg

8th August 2021 – The owner wanted to move her ship to have a few days off. I took the opportunity to move the little dinghy alongside. While we had some wind issues in the beginning because of a broken bridge, the rest of  the journey was great.  Just before arriving in Plassendale, I detached the little boat, jumped on it and made it to the side!

Rowing with a dinghy to the Watergeus

7th August 2021 – To gain some time tomorrow, and not to have to pass the lock tomorrow, I asked the lock if I could move my ship by hand. Then I rowed it to my houseboat. It took me much longer then expected. Water and wind were an enemy while in Oudenburg, I had a feeling it would have helped me. The boat is now alongside my houseboat.

 

A day in Antwerp

13th June 2021 – I went to see a little Dutch ship in Antwerp. It is a flat bottom sailing boat from around 7 meters. I like it a lot, but I’m not sure if it is worth the effort. It certainly looks traditional, but it hasn’t been maintained for years. I’m also worried about the logistic nightmare for bringing her over to Bruges, since I need to sail over the Schelde. The other issue is I’m still in negotiation about the sailing ship Baron…