Category: Daily Life around the water - page 11

The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams

22nd May 2013 – It has been a very busy month so far. I have been at the yard helping out some friends with their boat. Meanwhile I’m working on a new project as well. I need a little workshop to store my tools and therefore I decided to sell the Hornblower.

My plans for cruising around have to make place for new ideas. What else did Eleanor Roosevelt mean with ‘The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams’?

Wondering around….

7th April 2013 – Sometimes, I would forget I still have a boat with lots of work. The weather was nice, so I finished most of the paintwork (primer) aboard the Hornblower. The wheelhouse is starting to look tidy as well. A few more weeks and she is ready 😉

Driving around in Zelzate

3rd April 2013 – While I was in Ghent for an IT course, I decided to see what vessels were dry docked in Zelzate. When I arrived, I met an old friend who lived his dream and bought a brand new Luxe Motor. It is a replica, you know it because there are no rivets. Beside that, you wouldn’t see it at all. It is fantastic little ship. I could live on it straight away!

I left after a few drinks and forgot to take some pictures of his ship…

Visiting Veurne

17th March 2013 – I’m running behind on any schedule you could imagine. I will update the blog and conversion work whenever I have some time. Progress on the Hornblower continued, but very slowly.

I was in Furnes today to have a look at some boats. There were less boats then in 2007. The old yard of AndrĂ© looks like it was used yesterday. What a shame the site closed down. How long will it take before flats will rise on this piece of heritage…

Visiting Brussels

9th March 2013 – Anna invited me for a theater production in Brussels. I wanted to visit a spits barge, so I combined both events with Filip and made a day out in Brussels. 

There are a few houseboats in Brussels and some more in Anderlecht, next to Brussels. I had a look and was surprised to see a collection of different vessels.

It was becoming late, so the quality of the pictures is not that good.


23rd February 2013 – I did some work on the Hornblower this week. It is all getting closer to being finished. The last bits take the most of time. I’m not working that hard at the moment, it is just too cold!

Therefore, or maybe I use this as an excuse, I decided to go boat spotting again, this time in PĂ©ronnes where I had been last month. One of the people here is at the yard with his ship. Time to have a look and chat to the other boat people in the area!

Schotense vaart

29th December 2012 – I happened to be in Antwerp. A bit further is Schoten. It has a big canal full of old barges. I spent he whole afternoon driving there, taking pictures and speaking to people. It was dry for the first time in ten days as well!


9th December 2012 – Always working is no good to anybody. I drove to Izegem to see some boats and to visit a small exhibition in the local yacht club. I have pretty much the arrogance to say I know most spits barges in Belgium. Nevertheless, I discovered one I didn’t know. I looked it up in the evening and found her history. Sometimes I wonder what I like more, converting them or looking for their history…

Small updates

7th December 2012 – It’s been quiet on the blog and the website. This doesn’t mean I took some time off, not at all! I’ve spent a lot of time driving around to see some boats. It is becoming colder, so working in the evening aboard the Hornblower is not that nice. We had our first day of snow as well today.

When I have some more time, I’ll try to update the site again!