23rd July 2022 – An old skipper from Dordrecht came to pay me a visit. He brought several old books and objects for the museum. We had a good chat and a coffee. Boats do bring people together!
16th July 2022 – I mainly worked in the Library. To warm to work outside or to finish the wheelhouse…
10th July 2022 – Today we had the big jump in Plassendale. People jumping in the water to make a statement it should be cleaner. I was aboard the vlet Djoey as standby in case something would go wrong.
9th July 2022 – The two other sheets were mounted and sealed. Antennas were mounted and the lights were raised.
8th July 2022 – I removed the three panels from the roof and cleaned the wood. In the evening, I managed to get one new plate mounted. I covered the rest with some cardboard to keep the birds away from entering the ship.
6th July 2022 – While working outside on my wheelhouse, I took some time to take pictures of the Dabricy.
6th July 2022 – We removed the cover from the wheelhouse roof. The idea is to put a new roof on, next Saturday. The ship is already looking much better without a cover!
5th July 2022 – Something that is on my priority list: replacing the wheelhouse roof. It was rotten when I bought it. It was fixed with tape and later with a cover. I can’t fix it anymore. I need a new one!
3rd July 2022 – Two nice little barges passed by, I suppose both of them were English built.
3rd July 2020 – We mainly cleaned the outside of the ship and most of all the roof of the wheelhouse. I connected the solar panels to the wiring in the ship and moved the VHF antennas. Since I mounted a metal support for the search lights, the antennas could no longer be collapsed in case we were passing a low bridge.
2nd July 2022 – The day started relaxed by mounting the curtains in the living room and sealing the windows in the bedroom. Then I started welding the brackets for the solar panels, fixed the railing and mounted a small wooden mast. So far so good.
I raised the solar panels and wanted to weld the bolted frame to the new supports. About ten seconds later, solar panel one started cracking into thousand pieces…
Slightly frustrated, I removed everything and made a new smaller frame for one panel…
And I must admit, one panel is looking better then the two that were squeezed into the roof.
30th June 2022 – The Jogo 2 was unloaded today. At lunch time it sailed back in reverse to the lock. Once it passed the lock, it sailed towards Bruges.
29th June 2022 – For the the first time in many years, there was large commercial barge heading to the Canal Plassendale Nieuwpoort. It was the Jogo 2.
28th June 2022 – The English tug Steadfast and the clipper Isolda passed by.
28th June 2022 – I filled the gaps between the windows and the walls. I used cheap silicon, but fille the whole gap to make sure it is solid and watertight if it would ever leak. I will do a finish with a more expensive silicone one the cheap one is dry.