Op Hoop van Zegen – Removing old panels

12th November 2015 – I had a few hours spare so I continued removing the old paneling and insulation. Nothing special, just work. While doing so, I realised how much work it will take to rebuild the interior. From a small project to a major conversion…

The current outdated interior looks simple, but it worked. Sadly enough, after being passed through several owners it was damaged during every conversion or adaptation. The main criticism on the previous conversion is the electricity. Loose wires with tapes or unprotected connected with blocks. I was surprised there had not been any fire.

While being aboard, you start dreaming, making plans and also realising none of them are going to happen. The idea that you have a certain potential with a ship is so nice, you should enjoy it.

Op Hoop van Zegen – Finished my first set of plans

11th November 2015 – I finished my first set of plans. It looks more like a children’s drawing then a serious plan. I will nearly change the whole concept from the current situation . Water tanks and bathroom will be at the front of the ship, followed by a bed, table and chairs. At the entrance is the kitchen area. Like a friend said, it is easy on paper…

Aquarel – painting the kitchen

11th November 2015 – A day of doing several smaller jobs. The old accommodation got a second coat of oil and the cabinet were painted with a finishing coat of ivory white. The accommodation is nearly finished and ready for decoration and usage. Once the kitchen and bathroom are finished, I will have some comfort aboard. This means I can work a whole weekend without going home. Looking forward to use the microwave and eat some hot food!

I put a floor in the bar, so it looks similar to the kitchen area. A final floor will be done when I’m back from the yard. I prepared inspection hatches, but you will never know… A good quality floor is expensive and it is a reasonable big area to cover.

The hold is a major area to paint. It will take some time. Therefore, every evening I’m aboard, I try to paint an area. My tins of paint are 0.75l and this is just the right amount to paint something. Secondly, by the time I can paint everything, I need to clean the hold a bit more. There is to much rubbish around. I filled my car with wood and mounted the toilet. Gives me some extra space, but not enough.

Aquarel – Mounting brackets for the zwierbomen

4th November 2015 – Sadly enough, the floor was still wet and I can’t walk on it. Therefore I started finishing the bar in the main hold. Doing little corners takes a lot of time. By the time it was dark, most of it was finished, but there was no more time to paint the bar.

Mother helped the whole day removing vanish. During a heavy rain period, I noticed the window that was not covered with duck tape and plastic started leaking heavily. So both windows are now taped with plastic. A solution can be simple (and temporarily)…

In the late afternoon, to do something totally different, I welded the brackets for the zwierbomen. I didn’t have the right pieces to connect the ropes and chains. Another item I couldn’t finish.

Aquarel – Working in the old accommodation

1st November 2015 – My parents came to remove some more vanish from the old accommodation. The cabinet at the the other side is totally rotten. Even the metal is badly corroded and nearly gone. I will dry out this area for a a few weeks before looking for a solution.

I tried finishing the kitchen area as much as possible. Two more walls needed a coat of primer. Once this was done, I painted the floor.

Aquarel – Repairing the kitchen floor

31st October 2015 – The floor in the kitchen area is badly damaged; it was the first part that was built. I had to cut it open at some point when there was water in the bilges. When I built the kitchen and later removed it, the sheets of wood were damaged again. I’ve now cut the good parts nicely and built some inspection hatches with the right brackets, etc… It looks better, walks better and the area is totally clean now. It doesn’t look wrong anymore.

Op Hoop van Zegen – Removing the floor

31st October 2015 – I have a wheelhouse in storage, and was planning on using it for the ‘Op Hoop van Zegen’. It is 2.60 meters wide and to large for the lemmeraak. To make sure what is left from the original den on deck, I started removing the floor in the wheelhouse.

Before I can remove the floor, I need to remove the walls. It did take some time, certainly when you have no power tools available. Back to the old fashioned way…

Op Hoop van Zegen – Dutch Kadaster

29th October 2015 – I received a copy of the registration documents from the Dutch Kadaster. There is some basic information on the vessel. Looking a bit further, I discovered she was built in 1916 as a fishing vessel. I even found a picture of her.

In the evening, I cleaned out most of the fuel. There are now some puddles left around in the bilges. I will need some old clothes to clean it out more properly; Sadly enough, the smell does stay in the ship and around it.

I had some time left, so I started emptying the engine room. I need a few drives with my van to empty everything. There is so much rubbish collected, I don’t know what to do. Sadly enough, I didn’t find anything useful yet…