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.


Tordino – Checking the boat

3rd May 2020 – I went to check Tordino and had some time in the hold. Before I will be able to open the ship, it will need a god cleanup. I also dropped some furniture for making the accommodation more pleasant.

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.

Watergeus – Lockdown

1st May 2020 – It is getting heavy, seeing no friends and always working from home, no social contact besides seeing the people walking by on the towpath and street. I can’t work on my projects, it is bad weather and I’m running out on inside jobs and energy…

In the evening, I started working with cleaning a metal hatch to protect a window on the front deck. It is an old hatch from the Aquarel, I will use it in winter time or when I’m moving the ship. 

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. 

Tordino – Flaky paint

26th April 2020 – I a had an early visit in the  morning because the AIS failed to give a signal and the evening I had to drive back for the same reason. I might consider replacing the GPS antenna if it continues like this.

While I was there in the evening, I cleaned the decks and noticed a lot of flaky paint. Time to do something as quick as possible.