Aquarel – Getting the floor for the hold

9th March 2016 – The floor arrived today. I’m using ‘steenschotten’. These are hard wooden planks used in factories to dry the stones. While they were lowered in the hold, I also put in the furniture needed for later, when she will be used as an exhibition ship or museum.

Aquarel – Clean hold

8th March 2016 – Another small update with some pictures. The hold is now clean and ready for the furniture and the floor. friends of mine will come tomorrow to help me with loading and unloading everything.

Op Hoop van Zegen – Mounting new windows

5th March 2016 – One of the first jobs that had to be done was removing the plastic windows and replace them with proper aluminum windows. I always used RAFA windows because of their quality. They are expensive, but if you look around, they are easy to find second hand. Last year I bought four windows. This means I have two more to find. Since I have some portholes left, I will put in two portholes. Saves me some money.

Aquarel – Flooring

9th February 2016 – I started building the floor of the kitchen. A slow progress. I need to cut every plank so I can use the old hatches for inspection. I just know the kitchen area is the worst and I probably have to redo the plating in this area when I go to the yard. It is still leaking underneath. I have control over the situation and with the hatches, I can keep it like this!

Therefore I used a thicker t&g for the floor. Once I’m back from the yard, I will look for a quality floor.

Aquarel – Painting the kitchen

4th February 2016 – Planning, this is the word at the moment. I’m not able to do much. I ‘ve painted the kitchen together with my mother. She helped me on the positions I couldn’t get to at the moment.

Wheel of an old light vessel. Will be part of the museum aboard Aquarel.

Aquarel – Buying a small kitchen

24th January 2016 – What else can somebody do who can’t lift a toolbox? Just go shopping. I went to Ikea with my friends. I bought my kitchen. They loaded it in a truck and unloaded it aboard.

Sometimes not being able to do something isn’t that bad anyway…

Op Hoop van Zegen – Moving the ship

2nd January 2016 – The Waterway organisation put up a sign near the ‘Op Hoop van Zegen’. Only moorings for commercial service was mentioned. A friend with a small ship came to move the ship. Maybe, what we used as a tug was to small and light. My ship has a weight of 35 tons. We managed to move her without hitting any other ship. It was sometimes close, but only a minor damaged to my rudder was the result of a near collision.

Aquarel – Shelves

18th January 2016 – I ran out of shelves. A friend came with some new shelves and mounted them for me. In one week, I realized, I hadn’t done much, but it also came to mind that I’m keeping a lot of stuff on my ship.

Will I ever need all this equipment and parts?

Aquarel – Sorting out tools

13th January 2016 – Being able to do nothing is very annoying. Last month I build some shelves, so I started sorting out my small tools and parts. I bought some boxes and a label machine. I started putting a label on every box. It is a major job, but it is the only job I can handle at the moment.

Op Hoop van Zegen – Getting cleaner

8th December 2016 – The whole floor, the metal sheets and some old furniture are gone. The room looks bigger and now I can clean it much easier. The fuel smell is still terrible. I don’t know what to do at this stage. The more stuff I remove the worse the smell becomes. May I should leave the windows more open again.