Category: MS Stern - page 14

Stern – Welding small bits and pieces

6th June 2020 – Waking up a little late, I decided to finish the deck plate and while I was welding, a few more items were done like supports for the gangway, a basic frame for the cover of the skylight.

The deck on portside was cleaned and painted in black. It starts to look good!

I secured the windows and cover a little more since wind is coming hard.

Stern – Early morning job

4th June 2020 – It was becoming to late yesterday to put a layer of Silicon around the windows. I got up early in the morning before the rain would start and sealed the sides of the windows. Let’s hope it is dry  when it starts raining.

Stern – Welding

3rd June 2020 – With better power to weld, I continued welding the windows inside and outside. In the afternoon I went to Tordino to get another lifeboat and in the evening, after  a visit from a good friend, I continued. Sadly enough it was already late and they are predicting bad weather tomorrow. So I had to continue cutting plywood to cover the windows. Happy with the result, but it is the second day of hard working and I feel it!

Stern – Welding windows and moving her to Bruges

2nd June 2020 – I started early in the morning welding the windows frames. All four of them were mounted and partly welded by the late afternoon. I am welding on solar panels and batteries. This has a negative influence on the start of the weld process. Anti stitch doesn’t work that good.  Secondly I ran out of welding rots.

There was still the plan of moving the ship to Bruges. It was now alongside Tordino, but commercial barges had issues of taking a mooring. I want to keep them as friends, so it was time to say goodbye and leave. I had no friends who could join, so I just went by myself to Bruges. Everything went fine till I got to the pedestrian bridge at Steenbrugge. I couldn’t fit under that bridge with the mast sticking out. I had to run several times to the front to lower the mast, return to the wheelhouse to adjust the steering. Knowing I had no deck to walk on, people were watching, but it didn’t go wrong!

At the lock, the bridge was broken, so I moored alongside Rio Claro, in the lock my ropes were to short but again, I made it safely. Next bridge: also broken, since I had no ropes left, I floated for one hour and made it safely after four hours to the mooring alongside the Watergeus.

Stern – Ballast and first window frame

31st May 2020 – I picked up around 300kgs of metal for ballast. I got it for free from someone who had just bought three containers  of old stuff from a warehouse. On the way home I picked up free curver boxes to store the metal in. It took me some time to unload it and store it on the Watergeus.

In the evening I went to the Stern and made a frame for the first of six windows. I’m not so happy with the result, but if prevents rainwater from coming in, I’m happy.

Stern – Oiling the wheelhouse

28th May 2020 – I still don’t know what to do with the wheelhouse of the Stern. A wooden wheelhouse looks older and has more charm. A metal on is watertight and better on the long run…

Since it was sanded down earlier this month, I put a coat of oil on it to feed the wood.

Stern – Welding a pipe around the roof

26th May 2020 – A pipe was welded around the roof of the cabin. This is a common practice to finish a roof so water doesn’t run off everywhere and it is less sharp when walking around. I started at luchtime and was nearly finished in the evening. It had been a long time since I welded for so many hours.

I also mounted the mastfoot and mast. It needs adjusting, but at least, I’m happy with a visual adjustment.

Late in the evening, I cut the wooden roof in smaller pieces for my neighbour. He will burn it.

Stern – New roof for the cabin

25th May 2020 – I got up early in the morning for removing the old rotten roof. It was rotten, but still very well attached to the ship. A friend came to help me and after two hours the roof was gone. The upper structure is fairly rotten at some places, but nothing that can’t be fixed.

When removing the layers of wood, we discovered how nicely the Stern used to be. A wooden roof in hardwood with rubber seals. It must have been a great yacht.

We removed some old ribs and badly rusty parts before lowering the new sheets on the frame. I knew it just ordered enough metal, but we had to alter the position of the plates to make it. The frame for the skylight, I made earlier last month, fitted well. Happy with the result, but still a lot needs to be done!

Stern – Moving the sheets of metal

18th May 2020 – I drove the metal sheets to Beernem. Not an easy job since they were to big to fit properly in the van. They are now on my hatches of Tordino, ready to be welded Thursday. Once the roof is done, I’m safe for the winter!

Stern – Painting the hull

16th May 2020 – I painted the portside of the hull with a small dinghy. It wasnt’ a success when I started. When launching the boat, it made water, and it never stopped. So I had to pump it very five minutes. I only managed to do halve of the ship since to many boats were passing by and I was making to much water. When taking some pictures, I dropped my safety line and had to paddle with my hands to make it back to my boat. I wonder if there was more paint on my ship or my body….

The hull itself is looking shiny and it does make a difference.

I noticed the belting was indeed rotten and gone on several places. Previous repairs of silicon were found underneath the paint.  It is above the waterline, so nothing to have sleepless nights about, but it means a lot of work in the future.


Stern – Metal, paint and cleaning

15th May 2020 – I didn’t do much. Early today the metal was delivered for the roof. In the morning I went to Antwerp to pick up some paint. In the late afternoon, I cleaned the yacht removing most of the rubbish and the remaining wood. The accommodation is now nearly empty. I did some measuring to realise it isn’t that big at all. It is not possible to build a proper bed for two people.

In the evening I loaded a small boat on my car so I can start painting the hull tomorrow.

Stern – Removing the interior on starboard side

12th May 2020 – It was now time to remove the interior on the other side. There was some more wood, but also a lot of electric wires, a sink, plumbing, etc… The sink outlet wasn’t safe at all. Just a hose over a metal pipe, not even secured. When I removed the insulation, I discovered a crack in the hull, just underneath the deck. The ship was probably hit by another ship or squeezed between land and another ship.

The general condition is not better then the other side. But a good cleanup and paint will do a lot!

My neighbour took the wood, he will burn it. Safes me a lot of time.