Watergeus: Cables

28th November 2017 – I managed to finish most of my cables. Only a few more need to done. I just ordered my two VHF radios and a set of antennas. Once they are delivered, I can finish the panels and hopefully, everything will work.

Mounting cables in the wheelhouse

Watergeus – Mounting cable gutters in the engine room

13th November 2017 – I mounted the first cable gutter in the engine room. The cables need to run tightly and clean, not like it used to be, around everything and everywhere. I don’t want to think yet how many cables that will be running through the engine room, but with all the equipment, there will be a lot!

Two power cables are running from the battery. One of them is spare or in case I need another set of batteries.

Watergeus – Removing the dashboard

29th October 2017  – The dashboard in the wheelhouse was no good anymore. I quickly built a new one in plywood. Finishing it will be for later. It is now important that it holds the meters and that the cables become connected to it.

I have two switch panels and a battery meter. There is a bilge alarm and that is it. The idea is to keep it simple.

Arma – Dredging on the mooring

23rd October 2017 – We had to move the Arma. She was moored where a dredging company had to work. The company had a strong pusher and together with the bowtruster of the Arma, we managed to get to the other side. Halfway the manoeuvre, the bow DAF engine died and we had to rely on the pusher.

Bowtruster of the Arma

 

Arma with the pusher

Watergeus: Changing the meetbrief

18th October 2017 – When I moved onto my ship several years ago, the meetbrief was still having the old address where I lived before. To get a permission to have radio equipment aboard, I had to change this document. There are two options:

  • driving to Schoten (Antwerp) or
  • changing it in Ostend.

It is one of these administrative hassles you just need to do, but it nearly takes you half a day to do so.