Aquarel – Rebuilding the bathroom floor

17th March 2015 – I need to find a solution for the floor. This was the idea to start the evenings work on the Aquarel. Once the multiplex was bolted to the frame through the metal sheet, it still made to much noise when you stepped on it. The second issue was I had no decent frame for the inspection hatches. Between a design on paper and reality, there is much difference.

A few hours later, a lot of wood later and tired, but I had a descent floor. Solid, waterproof and good looking. Finishing is for tomorrow. I’ll do the corners with silicon and give the whole wooden construction a good coat of oil based paint.

Aquarel – Issues with he bathroom floor

16th March 2015 – Struggling to build the floor in the bathroom. It doesn’t go as planned. The metal sheet is not solid and with a sheet of multiplex, it barely feels any better. I need to think how to continue with the floor. So I started finishing one side of the wall with t&g. The idea of building a simple bathroom is taking much more time then planned.

Aquarel – Dry bilges today!

15th March 2015 – The bilge was dry so I decided to continue working on the wall between the living room and the bathroom. By the end of the afternoon, the frame was finished and the door mounted. I shot some t&G against the wall but was to tired to continue. A job for tomorrow.

Aquarel – Again water in the bilges

14th March 2015 – Knowing that I had a leak on the boat over a year ago, I’m always careful opening a part of my floor. Will it be dry or will there be a leak? During the removal of the first few sheets, the area for the bathroom was dry. The last sheet was barely open or I noticed a puddle of water in the bilges. For a few hours, I had enough of the boat and everything attached to it.

What should I do? I decided to go home and have another go tomorrow. I’m sure many people have more water in their bilges than what I have, but just the thought of having water coming in from below annoys me!

Aquarel – Building the bathroom

13th March 2015 – The next step is to build the bathroom. Last week I bought a small bath. The only way to enter the ship with a bath is through a big hatch. It takes over one hour to open the hatch and you need a hammer and a few chisels. While it was open, I changed the size of the bolts and the holes in the plate. it took me a few hours to adopt the hatch, but now it opens slightly better. It was also painted to prevent it from rusting.

Aquarel – Bathroom floor

11th March 2015 – Underneath the bath in the bathroom will be a metal frame at a certain height from the bottom. In case they ever need to weld, there is enough space to prevent fire and to make sure I don’t have to break down the bathroom.

The metal frame is an old door from the ‘coffee shop boat’.

Aquarel – Support for the boiler

5th March 2015 – Such a nice weather. I could do so many things, but I decided to clean the hold a bit more. While doing so, I started thinking on the boiler and the water pump. I build a wall to support the boiler. I’ll mount it Saturday when I’m finished painting that corner.

At the end of the evening, the conclusion was simple. I started with one job and finished another one. Maybe cleaning tomorrow?

Aquarel – Running out of materials

3rd March 2015 – Using up what is left. This is how I spent my evening aboard the Aquarel. I’m running out on screws, t&g and wooden beams.It is getting finished and the next job is to clear some tools out of the way. A job for tomorrow….

Aquarel – Progress in the hold

1st March 2015 – I did finish the side and had some time left to build the frame for the remaining bit under the waterline. It feels great to be that far and to realize that I still have a lot to do …

The hold is looking bigger with the t&g. It feels warmer as well since 90% is already insulated.

Aquarel – T&G

22nd January 2015 – I started with t&g, ended with the door framework and some other smaller jobs. Never being bored aboard the Aquarel! It will be a major step once the t&g is finished. I don’t want to start thinking what to do next, there is still so much work that needs to be done. I sometimes wonder why I started this project and what will become of it. The conclusion: Don’t think, just do it!

Aquarel – Wood work in the hold

21st January 2015 – It nearly starts automatically putting the T&G. I had some multiplex and insulation to finish in the bathroom area first. By the end of the evening i was happy with what I had achieved. Moments later I realized I had to build a frame for Saturday. This means I have to come over tomorrow to make this frame.

Aquarel – Ceiling

20th January 2015 – The ceiling went well today. I made some progress on the t&g. In the meantime, I discovered a small leak in the ceiling of the generator room above my water tanks. A ship always keeps you busy.

Aquarel – Curved ceiling

17th January 2015 – For about the whole day, I put t&g on the ceiling. It didn’t go as planned. I have a curve or bend somewhere and it takes me an average of ten minutes for one plank to put in. Frustrating in some way, but nice to see how it will become once finished.

To the end of the day I discovered a crack in two planks. It annoyed me so much I quiet the job. I’ll see how it reacts later.

Aquarel – New deadline for the ceiling

16th January 2015 – My intention to finish the ceiling by the end of December was a failure. A new deadline is the end of January. Today I finished most of the insulation and the first layer of wood. The hold looks dark at the moment because of the brown multiplex. Working with no daylight often causes me a bit of a depression.

My hold still contains stuff I need to put elsewhere. Since I put on my roof in March last year, a lot of tools and parts were stored in the main hold. They need to be in my workshop. There is now a wooden wall that divides the hold in two. To have access to my workshop, I need to go outside. My parents came to help me moving all this stuff. By the end of the afternoon, the main hold looks emptier. I can walk around and finish the ceiling without stepping onto everything.