16th October 2016 – The engine room is empty now, or at least most of it! I had a nice collection of hard wood stored in the engine room since I had no other place to store it. Everything is now on the Watergeus. I hope not for to long. I wonder how many times I have already moved that wood 😉
15th October 2016 – With some more time again in mind and one ship less, I can now concentrate on the Aquarel. When I arrived, I noticed a pusher was moored alongside. With the two other ships having windows in their hull, he couldn’t do anything, but putting her alongside my ship.
I started by painting the front shield and the first two entrance hatches. It took me a few hours and it quickly came dark. But at least something changed again on the ship!
14th October 2016 – It is now pretty sure the ‘Op Hoop van Zegen’ will be sold, so I started emptying the accommodation and engine room.
If the sale would not go through, this would still be a good thing to do. She was getting filled up and it took me longer to convert her. I had to move around my stuff before I was able to get anywhere. After a whole day, I took half of my stuff out. I will need another day.
4th October till 9th October 2016 – I went to Emden (Germany) to pick up a Luxe Motor from an English friend. We brought it to Bruges. With some smaller issues on the engine, it took us a bit longer then expected. Again a nice journey, just like last month!
2nd October 2016 – In the afternoon I went to Astene to the old Sashuis. This is small bar in old house, that used be the house of person responsible for the lock. It contains a very small museum. Nice to see if you are in the area.
1st October 2016 – I drove through the country to collect to miniatures of ships. One is a British fuel tanker and the other one a British steam tug. Both of them will be visible at the museum space aboard the Aquarel.
There was a great party in the evening in Beernem with some boat friends. A perfect way to close the evening!
1st October 2016 – A long time since I did something structural to the ‘Op Hoop van Zegen’. I built the wheelhouse floor. Makes it easier for walking around and finishing the sides. I have some old oak I will use to finish the floor, but this is for later. I still need to paint the rest of the wheelhouse before I put the topcoat on the floor.
11th September 2016 – The wheelhouse is slowly becoming realistic. I added some more cables, did some more T&g and I added a search light on the roof of the cabin. My parents came with navigation lights, but I didn’t have the time to weld a support for those.
10th September 2016 It is the first time I’ve constructed a wheelhouse from scratch. I had sold the Hornblower before I even got to that stage. I was surprised to see how many cables I had to pull through from the sides, engine room and back accommodation. It took me another few hours to label and mount the cables properly.
9th September 2016 – I added some more t&g to the sides of the wheelhouse. It feels cleaner already and I’m not even half way!
8th September 2016 – Just started with t&g in the wheelhouse. I had some old nice wood, but it was to hard to use it. Nothing is straight and I would lose to much of the wood when cutting it the right size. I’ll use it on another project one day…
7th September 2016 – Instead of working, we just had another trip on the water. I did have intentions to start working, but it will be for another time.
4th September 2016 – Just back from London, I wanted to do something. I’m not in the mood for working. I want to drive my ship, not convert it. I made the priority to finish the wheelhouse first. A flag mast was added at the back and secured.
2nd September 2016 – Today, I had to leave a nice group of people behind, to go back to my daily routine in Bruges. I’ll be back at some point. I like it to much there. It is more then just a mooring, it is a community.
1st September 2016 – Something different, writing my blog with a view on Tower Bridge, fast passing ferries and being shaken all the time.