14th March 2008 – In the morning I had a meeting with the Flemish Government to talk about the house boat situation and the future of the ships on their mooring. Since I’m a member of the board of Vlaamse Woonschepen I spend more time these days on the house boat situation then on any other subject.
Category: Daily Life around the water - page 25
8th March 2008 – I had an exam in the morning for getting my sailing certificate. I’m not sure yet whether I have passed. It takes 4 weeks before you know the result.
In the afternoon I walked around in Ghent to take some pictures of the house boats. I visited an old ice breaking tug that was converted into a bed & breakfast. A nice ship, I would have been convinced to buy this ship if I didn’t had the Watergeus!
7th March 2008 – In the evening, while it was getting dark, a spits barge was passing by. It was the Linquenda from Terneuzen. I quickly took my bike and followed it to the nearest lock, so I could take some more pictures.
2nd March 2008 – The big day, people from Ghent and Bruges came to visit our ships, have a good meal and mainly to talk about the future of the organization and how to negotiate with the government. I learned to know a few new people, they even convinced me to move my ship in September to Ghent. I’m not sure yet, but we’ll see.
23th February 2008 – I decided not to work. Not only am I still very exhausted from the last couple of weeks, I wanted to make some time to visit all of my friends from Sluiskil, not just the skipper of my barge but also my old neighbours and a few other friends.
One of them had redone his interior, another one had dry-docked his barge. There was a lot to talk about since the last time.
22nd February 2008 – In the afternoon, I had some time left, I decided to make a walk in Ghent to see some barges and how they were changed. It had been some time since I made just a big walk through Ghent. It was becoming dark and cloudy, so I didn’t take a single picture.
19th February 2008
11th February 2008 – In the late afternoon I visited a spits barge in Ghent, not just a spits, but one with a very special engine, an ABC (Anglo Belge Corporation). These engines were very rare in these type of barges. The new owners, a young couple are converting the ship into a youth hostel. I was impressed of the size they made out of the cargo hold by just cleaning and painting the whole space. The back accommodation, still contains traces of the oldest accommodation in the back under the deck and the later built upper structure. They still have a lot of work, but as they mentioned it is always interesting to meet other boat owners and to learn. So did they, so did I!
29th January 2008 – My first of ten theoretical lessons to get my sailing license started. It was more or less for yachts, still I learned a lot of new methods and ideas I would never have thought on.
27th January 2008 – After a long time, I decided to go to Terneuzen and picture every ship that was moored in the harbour. Since the fences around the old water supply ships were gone, I had a perfect opportunity to take pictures of the Viking and Schelde, fleet mates of the Watergeus!
20th January 2008 – This evening we had a meeting about the future of our moorings and our vision to the situation. Just see it as an occasion to get drunk cheaply…
13th January 2008 – I visited Andy in Terneuzen who is converting an old tug. Once it was a tug, then a yacht and now he is making it look more original again. It was in dry-dock so I had plenty of time to take pictures of the hull and the other ships in the area.
25th January 2007 – This website moved to its new location: http://www.livingafloat.com. ‘Living Afloat’ will also become more then just a site on my boat. You’ll discover more in the future!