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Stern – Building a mast

3rd May 2020 – I had the mast of the Arma in storage. These are the kind of items that can always be used at some point. It is a small mast, three meters long and extremely light. The foot is heavy and at least 2 cm thick. I cut the foot in half and welded both pieces with a different angle. Paint was removed from the mast and the foot.

 

Stern – Namesigns

2nd May 2020 – The first attempt of building a namesign as no success. While I was in Oudenburg yesterday, I brought a nice wooden plank with me. Today I cut into 5 namesigns, one big one and four small ones.  They received one coat of oil.

 

Stern – Namesign (2)

1st May 2020 – After waking up depressed, I continued working on the big namesign. I gave it a first coat of oil, I don’t know what the result will be. In the afternoon I was at friends in Oudenburg. They had some nice wood left, I will use it for smaller namesigns on the bow.

Stern – Registration

30th April 2020 – I could finally register the Stern under my name. At the beginning of the year, the registration was 150 EURO, since April 1st it is 50 EURO. The application to register wasn’t working since they had to reprogram it. Once they fixed it, they could not publish it because they were waiting for the price change to be published official. 

So one step closer in moving the ship to Bruges…

Stern – Boxes for the navigation lights

28th April 2020 – The whole idea of converting the Stern is to make her look as traditional as possible. Working on the outside, once the Corona measures are over, is priority one. I already have a wooden skylight, but I also want to have boxes for the navigation lights. I drove to Tordino to pick up some metal. On the way back, I received a message on Facebook about existing lightboxes for sale. 

In the evening, I started looking for model and sizes. If the buyer doesn’t accept my offer, I will make them myself tomorrow. 

Stern – Old photos

17th April 2020 – I received an email with pictures from one of the previous owners of the Stern. The ship was called Paulien. It is nice to get some closer to the history if the vessel.

Can’t wait to move her and start working on her.

Stern – Colvic Watson 26

8th March 2020 – While searching for ideas, I found the Colvic Watson 26. A nice model of a ship ith nearly the same dimensions. The ship is wider then the Stern, but I can try make it look similar, certainly the interior. The idea is looking good, but I need to study a little more in this type of ship and the options I have.

Stern – Moving the ship

4th March 2020 – We moved the Stern to a temporary mooring. The previous owner has to move his big ship to my location. I will come alongside tomorrow evening. We pulled the Stern by hand. She was a bit heavier then expected. With her cover and sad condition, she fitted with the other ships down the road….

Stern – Bad weather

29th February 2020 – Bad weather again. It is getting annoying I can’t do much. I hovered out the bilges and that’s about it. On one side, I removed some paint, so people notice a difference. Now it is waiting for the weather to become better so I can put a new roof on the ship. When I had a look at the prices for metal, it will cost me some more then expected. Boats….

 

Stern – Another day of breaking down the interior

24th February 2020 – Another day of breaking down the interior. I had to use electric tools to cut away the walls and parts of the kitchen. The kitchen was looking good, but it was totally rotten. This was the only area I doubted keeping…

The construction of the upper structure was well done, but the wrong materials were used, so it lasted it maximum lifetime.  The plywood of the roof was joined with an aluminium strip. It leaks through this strip. This is the main reason the bathroom was rotten.

The insulation and the ceiling is gone. Now I still  need to remove the sides and the bench. A job for Wednesday.

Stern – Breaking down the interior

23rd February 2020 – I was aboard the Stern today. Bilges were dry and the engine started immediately. When I started breaking down the interior, most of the metal was in a good condition. I filled up one van with wood. Tomorrow I continue.

While breaking down, I discovered some of the history of the ship. It was converted in Ghent, as had been told. Old brackets for rowing and lowering the boat in the water were also found. There is no proof so far it was built in the 30’s.

Stern – Cover over the roof

9th February 2020 – I drove to Ghent to put a cover over the roof of the cabin. I am afraid for rain and the possibility of the rotten roof to be blown away. Putting a cover on a windy day was not such a success. It looks even scruffier now, but it is for a better purpose. 

Stern – Status

2nd February 2020 – What is happening with the Stern? Nothing at the moment. I’m making plans and I’m doubting if I should put a tempoary roof in plywood with a cover or just leave as it is and put the metal when I’m having some money.

I had the plan of going there today, but decided to finish Tordino first.

Stern – Cleaning

12th January 2020 – I got the keys of the Stern. My thought went I started and when I left were the same: where to start.  The engine started and this was the best part of the day. I got a diary of the previous owner with all the journeys and issues. There are a lot of things to fix. The hull is fine, but some parts of the deck are rotten and even the sides are not that good of the upper structure.

The bilges look reasonable dry and the interior has to go as quick as possible.

Before…

After…

I took out my high pressure cleaner and started removing the old paint, dirt and rust from the ship.  The deck is, besides port side, in a very good condition. I removed the old blue cover of the roof. I know it will  be leaking a bit more, but at least it looks better to the public.

Totally wet and cold, I left Ghent and went to Tordino to do some further conversion in the hold.