1st April 2018: Climbing down the bilges, cleaning grease, remains of water and dirt. Everything except a lovely day.
31st March 2018 – I started cleaning the front engine room. The first job was taking out the floor panels. They are massive 8mm metal sheets. They are now grease free.
30th March 2018 – Tordino was taken out of the water the next morning. I was up all night with a pump, trying to avoid water getting near the generator or bow thruster.
Two plates were welded on the bow of the ship. I hope they will stop the water from coming in.
29th March 2018 – The Tordino was put in the water in the late afternoon. By the evening, I noticed the bowh thruster area was filling with water …
28th March 2018 – Painting the bottom
27th March 2018 – Painting the pipes
There was no welding in the morning, so I continued working in the hold, finishing the Museum environment.
18th March 2018 – I started early, doing some t&g in the hold. It was to cold to work outside.
Two friends paid me a visit at the yard. We had a few drinks and walked around! I showed him te repairs made and where they should look at their next yard visit.
17th March 2018 – I had to be early at the yard since they needed to cut a few pipes from underneath the engine room. There was a small risk on fire, so I wanted to be in the engine room.
In the afternoon, I painted the propeller tunnel and the sides of the engine room where the pipes were hanging.
14th March 2018 – The first beautiful day since I’m at the yard. A perfect day for painting. My parents painted red and white where it was necessary. I was still watching in the hold where they were welding. In the evening, I helped putting another layer of tar on the boat.
8th March 2018 – The first two plates were mounted on the hull. In the meantime I made some inspection holes in the wood to have an overview on where they were welding. My mother started painting the boat in tar, so did I in the late afternoon.
7th March 2018 – I went to Antwerp to collect some pieces for the boat like life rings, labels, etc… The yard will only start tomorrow on the welding, so there was not much I could do…
6th March 2018 – The yard cleaned the boat with four people in the early morning.
The surveyor came a few hours later. The verdict was honnest but hard. I will have to make some costs to pass the survey!