Category: MS Hornblower - page 2

Hornblower – Working on the heather

11th February 2013 – Earlier this month, there was a fire on a houseboat in the Netherlands. The cause was overheating of a wooden wall behind a wood stove. I have always been carefully where I put a heating element (diesel, electric or wood burning).

I have a descent diesel heather in the living room of the Hornblower. Diesel can leak, so I made a construction underneath the heather. It is with stones and sand.

Hornblower – Building an aluminum floor

2nd February 2013 – For the first time in months, I had a look in the engine room. It is now time to make the floor. Over a year ago I bought several sheets of aluminum. I’ve cut them on the right size and dropped them in pace. Now I can walk or crawl around the engine at ease!

Hornblower – Moving the boats

31st January 2013 – Since four days the weather is mild but rainy. There is a lot of wind. Anyway, Andy and I decided to swap the boats next to the Watergeus. It makes it easier to load the furniture aboard my ship and when I work I don’t have to walk in front of his ship.

I started cleaning the wheelhouse and moving the stuff I no longer needs onto the Watergeus for storage (or another project…).

Hornblower – Oiling the living room floor

21st January 2013 – A few more little pieces had to be done in the living room. Once they were cut it was time to oil the floor. I’m always using oil for outside. I have it now for over thee years in the Watergeus and it still looks good. Pictures are taken with my phone. Quality is not that good…


Hornblower – Line oil in the bilges

19th January 2013 – It is important to have access to the bilges in case there is ever a problem or you suspect something is wrong. I’ve opened the floor, cleaned the bilges and put line oil on it. It is not the perfect period for doing so, but it will dry out and become hard one day…

Hornblower – Painting the living room

7th January 2013 – In the early morning I put a coat of primer in the bathroom.

Anna came to help painting the living room. It was done quicker then I thought. The rest of the day was spent away from the boat.

In the evening I fixed two little leaks, one in the solar vent of the living room and one in the ceiling of the wheelhouse.

Hornblower – Get some more paint

28th December 2012 – Time to go to the shop and get some paint. The bedroom is totally finished and ready for painting. I spent the last couple of days partying and working in the bedroom. Putting down the floor, finishing the lists around the windows and mounting the stairs.