A new addition to the fleet

3rd September 2021 – This evening I picked up a Wildflower sailing boat. It is basically a dinghy that can be used as a motorboat, sailing ship or just for rowing. American design, but this one is produced in Germany in 1972. So next year, it will be 50 years old! The boat is just under 4 meters of  length and 1.7m wide. I also got a metal frame to store it on. The only thing I need to find now is storage space.


 

 


 The weight of the boat is supposed to be 45kg, but I had a feeling it is more. There is water in the air compartments.  The ship comes with all the original equipment, even te bags for the sails are original with the brand.

Some more specifications:

  • Sails: 30m2
  • Type: sloop
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Tordino – Finishing the wall with the models

3rd September 2021 – The glass was mounted and the models are now visible to the public. The plan to build the wall was for October but since I had the models and moving them was to fragile, it was build in two days. I’m happy with the result.

I still have a nice wooden mast on top of my van. I made a metal support and will bolt this next to my ship for Open Monumentendag.

 

 

Stern – Several jobs

3rd September 2021 – I took a day off. The plan was to paint the Stern. It was also planned to work in the museum, etc… Anyway Nothing of what was planned came through.

The floor I made last night for the bathroom is suiting fine. I mounted the toilet, just to have an idea of the room and the right height. Ballast was put underneath the floor to stabilize the ship. It is getting there…

The deck was cleaned so I can paint it tomorrow.

Watergeus – Maintaining the plants

30th August 2021 – With the summer being gone in Oudenburg , if you can actually call it a summer, it is now time to concentrate on Bruges again. We cut the grass around the ship, cleaned the decks and so one… Maintaining three ships takes a lot of time!

 

Stern – Several small jobs

28th August 2021 – I started  by giving the floor in the living room a second coat of varnish. Then I removed the gas bottle from the engine room. A job I tried doing several times in the past but the bottle is stuck somewhere. Now I succeeded but my back is hurting!

A box with old ships decoration arrived. I can’t wait to hang it out, so it even looks more traditional inside. 

Tordino – Ship models

27th August 2021 – I received a large number of ship models from sailing and navy ships. They are not suited for the museum since it has no relation to inland vessels. I can’t keep them in open air and ordering a glass cover for each of them is to expensive and not realistic.  I started rebuilding my living room, not sure yet where to put the other ones….

Baron – Sandblasting

26th August 2021 – The owners are making good progress. The ship is being sandblasted at the moment and the through shape of the hull is starting to become visible again. There are a few minor issues, but nothing that can’t be deal with.