Tordino – Upgrading the back accommodation – Part 1

12th October 2019 – We started with the back accommodation. The cupboards in the bedroom downstairs were falling apart and several shelves were missing. I rebuilt them and gave a good coat of primer at the end of the evening.

Old tape was removed from the good shelves. The stairs were covered by old carpet. The freezer who had not been used for at least three years was also thrown away. New wires were put behind the walls with proper sockets and switches.

Having a look for a Grundel

10th October 2019 – Since I was pretty sure I could not get the yacht for a small amount, I went to Westland in Holland, just above Rotterdam. There was a grundel for sale. The owner sold it as a riveted schouw, but it was built in the 70’s and completely welded. The other issue was the location. The ship is in a closed canal near his company. So transport, a crane and a truck are needed to remove the ship from its current location.

 

While I was there, I noticed the owner had a small metal boat from the Belgian Spits Moving. This ship was scrapped two years ago and some of its paperwork and tools ended up in Museumschip Tordino.

Water-rAnt – Day 1

27th September 2019 – We arrived a little early on the event and decided to build the tent ourselves. It worked and we were the first who were fully active.

It became windy and it started raining a t 5 o’clock. We closed our tent and had a look on the event. The ships arrived and I took some pictures and made some movies.

 

Tordino – Cleaning the engine room of the bowthruster

21st September 2019 – One of the dirtiest places aboard Tordino is the front engine room. I cleaned it out at the yard when they had to do some welding. After the issue of leakage at the yard, it was pumped with water to find the leak. Once empty it remained dirty.  I had an old barrel with oil from the bilges aboard, old dirty tools and stuff from previous owners. It all had to go!

Half of the engine floor was still on deck from last year.

Tordino – Unloading some stuff

17th September 2019 – I unloaded the stuff I got from the Festina Lente. At some point I had to call a friend. The chimney was to heavy and it got stuck on a few wooden planks.

While waiting for him to arrived, I greased the lorry for the hatches.

 

Watergeus – Painting

15th September 2019 – The den and front cabin got a second coat of paint. I put some order on my deck and put the propellers back on the roof of the bathroom. One of them was slightly to heavy and I had to use my crane. Never underestimate the luxury of having a crane aboard your ship!

On starboard side, I removed a metal strip so the water could easier get of the ship. I did the same thing on port side last year.

The little boat on my deck was cleaned and I moved some old plates and put them under the hatches. All small things that make my ship looking better again.

Tordino – Open Monumentendag

8th September 2019 – There were 198 visitors on the event Open Monumentendag aboard Tordino. A good result.  The people who came were really interested, asked questions and told their own stories. At the end of the evening, I was exhausted and happy to close the hatches….