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Escapade – Measuring and rust

6th February 2011 – I just discovered there is some more water under the engine. I makes me think I might have another leak somewhere… Doesn’t feel good. I can handle leaks from above, but not from underneath.

I used some black rubber to seal the small leakage in the joint. I hope it will stay dry.

Recently I had removed some metal from the Escapade. Since I only had half a day to work I cleaned the remaining parts at the back of the yacht. I did some measuring as well and removed some more rust.


Escapade – Water in the back compartment

5th February 2011 – There is some water at the back of the ship. It is no rain water and the shaft isn’t leaking. The joint between the bottom and the back is leaking. Small rivets and a lot of rust. I wonder if my cutting and hammering last week didn’t make it worse. I did cut out some old structured metal, and probably the best part of the ship…

Escapade – Quick paint job

11th December 2010 – Today I did a quick paint job on the yacht. I removed most of the rust and painted her. Not the perfect weather and certainly not cleaned enough, but it is important for the boats to look good, certainly over here.

Escapade – The journey to Bruges

3rd December 2010 – Imagine a foggy day with temperatures up to 13°C below the freezing point! Well that was our journey to Bruges. No snow and no wind, that was what I remembered that morning on the weather station. Temperature would even go to 2°C above freezing point.

When we left Wachtebeke, after a few minutes fog came up. It was so thick we could hardly see the bow of the ship. Barges moored along the canal and land was invisible. We sailed slowly and decided to wait till the weather was better before crossing the big canal Ghent-Terneuzen.


Escapade – Battery

2nd December 2010 – The whole day I was nervous. It was extremely cold, all the roads were dangerous. I didn’t want to take the risk of driving anywhere.

A neighbour brought a new battery for me. Thanks Jan!

I went to the shop looking for anti freeze, start pilot and other tools. Tomorrow is a big day.

Escapade – A big cleanup

27th November 2010 – I went cleaning the yacht in Ghent and made her ready for the big trip tomorrow to Ghent. She is a small ship but the amount of work that needs to be done is huge!

While cleaning, I managed to flip the fuse of the electricity several times. A hoover or a water cooker were to strong. I’ll be glad when I can leave this mooring.

A proud owner!

Escapade – A second visit

11th November 2010 – When you buy a boat it is important to pay several visits before making a decision. The last couple of weeks, I had been making drawings and plans nearly every evening.

I had another visit today, did some small measures and made my decision. I’ll give it a try!