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 – Insulation

28th February 2015 – One big area needs to be insulated and finished with t&g. Once this area is done, I only have to work below the waterline and a few corners. I did half of it today and I hope to finish the rest tomorrow.

Aquarel – Building a kitchen

15th February 2015 – Running out of wood gave me time to continue building the kitchen. Since the wall is build, I can now easily finish the kitchen. I still need to build one cupboard, an inspection hatch for the side of the ship, a cooker and room for a fridge. I’m happy I can reuse the old paneling from my neighbours spits barge. It gives a good contrast between old and new.

Aquarel – Cleaning

14th February 2015 – I spent most of the day cleaning the ship and building the wall. Every month I make one day free for cleaning the hold. When buying t&g, insulation and other items from the shop, there is a lot of packaging. There was some old wood I no longer needed. When finished, the hold seemed slightly bigger again….

Aquarel – Some welding

13th February 2015 – The hold will be divided into two areas. One is the exhibition space and the other one an extension to the back accommodation. I welded a metal support from one site to the other at a certain height from the bilges. The idea is not having to break down the wall when I’m at the yard and there has to be welded underneath.

My plan was to build a sliding door in the wall. It gives me more space and I have a nice door that could fit. It took me the rest of the day to built the framework for the door. It wasn’t that easy as it seemed…

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!