Category: MS Watergeus - page 24

Watergeus – Living room

15th March 2009 – Maybe it was the first year of the day to sit outside, but I still had a lot of work to do. I drilled a hole through the bulkhead to pass a water pipe. It took me ten minutes of drilling to get through.

Watergeus – Finishing the electricity

14th March 2009 – The remaining cables were mounted today, and a few sockets connected. Three more fuses were needed, but the electricity is ready and working! While many people warned me for the cost of electricity, it certainly is not the major cost on a ship. Fuses and the fusebox are expensive, but there are worse things on your ship to spend money on, like central heating and metal work.

Watergeus – Control panel for the engine

12th March 2009 – Today, a new control panel was mounted in the wheelhouse. New wiring from the engine to the wheelhouse and from the sensors to the engine were placed. The engine ran beautiful and the meters showed no problem. This gave me a good feeling, since we had always ran the engine without having any kind of indication, except for smoke and noise.

Watergeus – Tar…

8th March 2009 – Finally finished the support and I also mounted the pump. The bilges underneath the water tank are not in an optimal condition and the chance of having water from the tanks onto them is real. So I decided to put tar in the bilges and put it quit thick as well. Since I was dirty anyway, I painted some weaker places on the hull as well. Where a tier is hanging, most of the tar was gone. Also the rivets welded received an extra coat.

In the late afternoon I repaired my old compressor that had been under water for three years till we discovered the ship in December 2005.

Watergeus – Small work

7th March 2009 – While I went shopping in the morning, plumbing needs a lot of tools and pieces, my mother painted the three doors in the corridor.

In the afternoon I had some visit from an English couple living on a tjalk. It is always interesting and fascinating to exchange ideas and experiences on boats. Later that day I finished the entrance to the hold. It is not yet the result I wanted, but I don’t have to much time to spend another day on this little area.

Watergeus – Mounting the waterpump

5th March 2009 – The plan was to mount the waterpump. By the end of the evening, I nearly finished the support, but I was unable to mount the pump itself. It took more time then I expected, but it is a solid construction that could easily hold my own weight.

Watergeus – Running the DAF engine

4th March 2009 – I’m planning to put a control panel in the near future. They called me today and asked if it would suit for me to mount it next week. I had ran my engine in early January to put some anti freeze in the system. Since the hardest part of the winter is over, I ran her again to check if everything was good and so it seemed!

Since I still have an old broken panel that can’t be removed, I have to build a new box on the other side of the steering wheel. This means I have to clean up the wheelhouse, another job that needs finishing quickly.

Watergeus – Making preparations

26th February 2009 – I prepared all my tools for a big job tomorrow, removing the bow rudder on the Julie. While asking around, many people were positive on putting one back, but only when you use a professional crew. Since I’m never going to sail without a skipper, it might be useful. If not, it’s another original piece I’m putting back on my ship.

Watergeus – Planning

25th February 2009 – The last couple of days have been mainly spent on planning the further conversion of my ship. Since several things need to be done and each of them needs the other to be finished, I had to think very carefully. Furthermore, I’m keeping the option open of putting back a bow rudder in the ship.

Watergeus – Bathroom

21st February 2009 – In the morning we went shopping; looking for a pump, toilet, boiler and the pipes. We did several shops and most of them sell the stuff at the same price. I was expecting a bigger difference, but really there wasn’t.


In the afternoon the corridor was painted the on the front deck a few little holes were welded. While removing a light in the fore peak, I discovered several holes that were closed with some kind of paint. I cleaned it nicely and welded it as it should have been done years ago.

Watergeus – Fore peak

16th February 2009 – My neighbour wanted the wood from the fore peak for his fire. I believe this was the only (good) solution for the wood. No matter how nice the floor once was, it is rotten and to dangerous to continue to be used. By the end of the evening I had an empty fore peak, ready for conservation and conversion.


Watergeus – Water tank & party

14th February 2009 – I started having enough of the slow progress on the tank. I cut out a few pieces and used a hammer to bash her out the forepeak. After 4 more hours of work the tank was no more… cut up into several smaller pieces that would fit in a car. I started removing the frames and supports, but had to stop, since a party was starting in Ghent a few hours later.

Watergeus – In the press and on TV

11th February 2009 – The Government, responsible for our waterways has been working on new mooring rules and paperwork for the last couple of years. There are many good things, things that will become better, but there are as many items listed that will cause a lot of trouble to us. Therefore the television and another journalist came to take an interview aboard my ship. Instead of working, I had to clean the back accommodation and make it a little more presentable…

Watergeus – Water tank

10th February 2009 – I continued cleaning out the area, and started removing an old water tank that has been leaking for the last five to ten years… A big hole in the side has been made for smoke and pressure to leave the tank. While bashing on the metal, the pipe that connects the outlet on deck and the tank pushed the outlet op, leaving a hole in the deck. It was really getting time that the tank leaves the ship. I believe to be busy another few evenings before she has gone.