17th April 2021 – I mounted a porthole in the new entrance. I have never had so many issues making the hole. Such a tick and hard metal… It took me more then two hours, but I’m happy I could finish the job! Tomorrow some wood work!
Category: MS Tordino - page 6
16th April 2021 – In between interviews and people chatting to me I managed to finish the welding of the steps for Tordino. I had to make the entrance bigger as well. The next big thing is now building the interior with insulation and old panels from an interior of a spits barge.
While working, I noticed the old restaurant in Diksmuide was towed to the yard.
15th April 2021 – I had my first night in Oudenburg. Slept well, was so tired I didn’t hear of feel much. It became windy again today.
The stairs are mounted for the new entrance. They need proper welding, a job that I will do tomorrow. I had an interview with the local TV and I had to move the little yacht behind me. If it wasn’t for those, I might had finished my steps. Anyway, I was very pleased with the local press!
14th April 2021 – I slept aboard Tordino with the generator running charging the batteries. When I woke up, it was cold. I started the heather and half an hour later the main engine. The skipper from next door came, so did a friend from Oudenburg and my regular skipper for Tordino. We left and had a nice journey. All the bridges and the lock opened straight away. I was happy. We even fit under the old railway bridge which is normally limited to 5 meters 20, while Tordino is 10cm higher.
There was a small issue with Stalhille bridge which had a technical issue. Once it was solved we continued our journey and made it safely to the temporary mooring.
(c) Peter Velle
(c) Peter Velle
Once the concrete has dried out I can use the new mooring posts and move my ship around 300 meters forward.
13th April 2021 – We continued removing old paint and painting the decks. I stopped working late in the evening. All decks are now painted with the exception of the part on front of my back accommodation door.
When the temperature started to drop, I started the generator. It just started. I will keep it running for the night.
12th April 2021 – I started building the new stair. Each leg is around 100kgs and it took me three hours to position the first one and 2 hours for the second one. I couldn’t use a grainder for the damage of the sparks. I started using a saw. By the end of the evening, I was happy with the result but exhausted.
11th April 2021 – I started by running the bowthruster and generator. Then I sorted out the rope work so every rope is on a single bollard. Being moored for two years, having had a lot of loaded barges alongside, I often added a few ropes or just redid them.
It was to windy to work outside, so I cut the wall between the old and new entrance. I tried moving the supports for the stairs, but they are to heavy for me to lift.
9th April 2021 – We continued removing paint from the decks and painted them afterwards. The crane at the back is now also painted.
7th April 2021 – In the morning I went to pick up steenschotten for the gangway. I used the same panels as floor for Aquarel years ago. They are solid and can be used outside.
In the afternoon I welded bits and pieces to the metal pipes for the mooring posts. At least, the pipe will now stick in the concrete.
6th April 2021 – After making several phone calls to get some heavy pipes and some more stuff for the mooring, I went to Oudenburg to enlarge the holes and to make an extra one. Should now be enough to secure Tordino properly.
I also started cleaning the concrete. I want is as clean as my neighbour.
3rd April 2021 – I mounted the rubber on the mooring posts. These will prevent damage to the hull.