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Arma – Arriving in Bruges

14th November 2009 – The Arma had arrived yesterday. She has been converted but is still unfinished, like many boating projects. I helped closing a hole in the den so rain will not come in that easily. The windows were not delivered in time, so they left the yard half finished….

Arma – Heading to Harelbeke

27th June 2009 – We left at 8:45 in the morning. Besides a lot of food, the skipper, owner and me,  we also took plenty of water with us in case we needed filling the engine. We slowly sailed towards the first lock. This was the only one we had to wait some time. My parents came to say hello and wish us a good trip.

The next lock and bridges to get out of Bruges all went smooth and quickly. Between two bridges we had some trouble loosing control of the steering but the skipper quickly discovered the cause. The regulator was slightly bent on the control panel.

Since there were a lot of mussels the ship sailed slowly, even on full power. Every now and then we had to slow down because a red light was warning us on the temperature of the engine.

We arrived in Harelbeke, having sailed most of the time myself, at 7 o’clock in the evening. It was a nice trip with nice weather aboard a nice ship! Sadly it wasn’t going that quick…

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Arma – Test drive wasn’t a success

26th June 2009 – In the afternoon I went helping to close the floor in the hold, together with some people from the organization that owns the Arma.

Later that day the skipper came to make a little test drive with the ship. After a few minutes the engine started to overheat. We sailed back with the bow thruster and moored the ship again on his mooring. It was clear, we wouldn’t sail tomorrow to Harelbeke.

Since they really wanted to leave, I called a friend to come and help sorting out the problems. By the end of the evening, all covered in oil and grease, the engine was running. Air had come in the cooling system.

It was good to know we would leave Bruges tomorrow, but it wouldn’t be on full speed. On one year time, the hull was completely grown with mussels and weed.

Arma – Engines and batteries

22nd June 2009 – I went having a look at the Arma. The engine is running now. The batteries of the bow thruster will be replaced later this week, so we have no knowledge of the situation for this engine.

Arma – Engine trouble

16th June 2009 – Friday we will sail with the Arma to a small yard in Harelbeke for a major conversion. As expected, the engine wouldn’t start. The only engine that ran was the generator since it is hand started.