11th October 2010 – I continued working on the roof in the wheelhouse, a very time consuming job. For a change, I painted the front accommodation in the afternoon. It is always nice to do something different in the afternoon.
10th October 2010 – For the first time in a long period, family came to visit the barge. Working all these years also means not having enough time doing anything else.
9th October 2010 – Many people asks me for information. Wherever possible I always tried helping them. Since these questions and barge visits are taking a lot of my time, I’ve just started doing this as a semi-professional job.
Please have a look at my site (under construction).
7th October 2010 – I still had to close the wooden construction where water pipes are running through. It is a job that I had to do a longtime ago. Together with the wood I ordered on Monday, I bought some planks to close the gap.
6th October 2010 – Mainly worked on the walls and the shower again.
5th October 2010 – I started using the wood they delivered yesterday. The shower is getting a good shape, two walls are ready for tiling.
4th October 2010 – In the early morning I went to the Ross Leopard to take some pictures of her being towed away. The tug never showed up and I felt asleep in the wheelhouse. Half of the morning was gone…
While I was waiting for the wood to be delivered, I painted the front accommodation. When this was done and the wood aboard the Watergeus, I finished the second entrance to the boat.
2nd October 2010 – I finished the cabin on the front deck and started painting it. In the afternoon, I mainly worked in the back accommodation. I wonder when the weather will be good again.
1st October 2010 – I’m using my girlfriends camera. New pictures will be illustrating the text again. Thanks Carmen!
29th September 2010 – I cut out the shower area in the back accommodation. The bathroom, where once the kitchen was has a standing height of 1,80 meters. That is not enough for a shower, so I’ll lower the floor in the bathroom. Since there are a few ribs, the grease pump and the gearbox, I had to carefully choose the area where I could put the shower.
In the evening I went eating at the neighbours.
28th September 2010 – The bar of the Ross Leopard was open one last time. This boat, once a famous night club in London, is a Grimsby built deep sea trawler. She was moored in Ostend for several years and is now heading to the scrapyard.
I have only known the ship after it’s glorious period, but never the less I had a good time and met several great people, of which I still can call them real friends!
27th September 2010 – I started building the walls for the bathroom. I have a camera gain, my girlfriend is borrowing hers. This means there will be pictures on the website again!
26th September 2010 – The remaining parts of the blank metal were painted. I insulated the walls in the afternoon. The roof panels of the wheelhouse are in a very bad condition. I removed the top layer, and put in new wood. The lists around it need to be sanded down before I’ll put them back.
25th September 2010 – The back accommodation will be rented out. So I need new furniture, modern pieces. Together with my girlfriend I went to Ikea to have a look at their stuff.
18th September 2010 – In the afternoon I cleaned some bilges from the Frantsis and put some oil on them so they are better preserved for the winter. I made a little floor and put the wood from my back accommodation in it. That’s the good thing about owning two barges. You can always use one as storage.