Watergeus – Stoelen

10th February 2010 – I finally have them! After looking for over four years I now found a set of stoelen. These are supports, mounted on the den for putting your gangway, broom and other tools.

Thanks to the owners of the spits barge Julie!

No news

1st February 2010 – For those who follow the conversion of the Watergeus, not much is happening at the moment. I have many plans and will start working soon again! I’m looking for pieces at the moment. Once I have everything I need, updates will follow quickly again!

In the meantime I’m still working on my book for (new) barge owners.

Watergeus – Slow Progress

17th January 2010 – With my wrist going the wrong way, and not being motivated work on the Watergeus has been halted. I started cleaning the front last week, cleaned the engine room and that’s it. I helped a few people on other barges but that’s were it has stopped for now.

I’m more or less concentrating on a book I’m writing. I still have many plans, but first, I want my wrist to be fine again!

Since it was the first nice day this year, it was the moment to take some pictures:


New Years Eve!

1st January 2010 – Last night the neighbours of the vessels and those living in the street came together to have a drink on the New Year.

With little to no sleep I had to fix a heather problem on another ship in Bruges. It took me more then an hour, since I didn’t knew the system. After a while it was working, so I could return home.

This year, I want to finish the front area on the ship and the deck. A very big job that will involve a lot of work, including welding, cutting, woodwork, etc… But the first job that needed to be done was cleaning. I resumed cleaning the front cabin, a job I had to stop last year.

My chimney was extended with half a meter extra. A small cable is attached to in case the wind blows it off it can be recovered. A better solution was to put two cables so the wind can’t take it off. This was also done today.

Watergeus – Christmas

25th December 2009 – First of all I want to wish everyone a Merry Christmas!

As you could read, the last two months I haven’t done much work on the ship. I have many plans such as finishing the front, converting the storage area into a room, putting a new floor in the wheelhouse, sanding the inside and repair the wheelhouse, etc…

I’m making a planning for all these jobs. I would like to start halfway January with the wheelhouse.

Watergeus – Mast

12th December 2009 – Last weekend I decided to make some changes to my mast. The few remaining ropes were rotten and flags were all gone. I bought around 100 meter of steel cable, all different sizes and types. It took me around a day to finish the whole project, but the result looks good.

In the afternoon, one of the last remaining jobs was done in the living room. Double glass was mounted in the skylight to prevent condensation and losing the heat.

Watergeus – Front cabin

1st December 2009 – As planned a long time ago, the front cabin will become a spare bedroom. It will be built like the back accommodation, traditional looking and vanished.

Since I’m living in the hold I used this area to store everything I no longer needed. It took me three hours to clean the area, sort out my tools, put the nails together, screws, etc… I also realized how many screw drivers I have found back!

I still have no Internet, so I don’t know when another update might be uploaded.

Watergeus – Bad weather

21st-30th November 2009 – I can’t remember a week like the one we just had. Very windy and a lot of rain, a lot! I had no Internet connection so I didn’t write an updates. Also I didn’t do much since I wanted to enjoy the converted hold.

People cut the ropes of one of the barges on Sunday morning. With the bad weather it took the fire brigade some time to get the boat back to her mooring.

For the last couple of days I have been hanging on my ropes, making a small list. Other moments I wasn’t able to get decently aboard. I hop the weather will be stable again. It is hard to invite people aboard in this situation.

Arma – Arriving in Bruges

14th November 2009 – The Arma had arrived yesterday. She has been converted but is still unfinished, like many boating projects. I helped closing a hole in the den so rain will not come in that easily. The windows were not delivered in time, so they left the yard half finished….