Watergeus – Putting a floor in the front area

15th July 2015 – I finished the ceiling in the front area. It was much more work then expected, but it always is on boats!

My father cleaned some old shipping floor (azobe wood) and I mounted it as my new floor. Every planks has a weight of 30 or more kilograms. Cutting is very hard and by the evening, only halve was done. Since I forgot my electric screw driver on the Aquarel, I could only shoot a few nails. Half of the nails bent in the wood.


Watergeus – Front area

12th July 2015 – Before I could continue I had to clean the remaining stuff from the front area. I had enough of moving it from one side to the other. One piece of decoration, the old name sign of the Ross Leopard, was mounted on the wall. The black letters on a white background give a special effect to the room. It also means a lot to me hanging that old board in my ship.

Aquarel – Water tanks won’t fit

7th July 2015 – My plan is to put the water tanks in position so I have plenty of space in the hold. I know the frame for the water tanks has no spare space. Every millimeter matters. I managed to mount two tanks. The third one doesn’t fit…

A problem to be solved later…

Aquarel – Changing the center of the mast

3rd July 2015 – The center of the mast was to thin. It was solid, but I found it to risky to use it. If the mast falls, it is more then 1000kgs of steel that will come down. It took us a few hours to move the mast, remove the center and put a new one in. I used an old shaft as cent er. massive, heavy and wider then the previous one. I also changed the access to it. Now I can remove and replace the center much easier in case something would go wrong.


Aquarel – Building the bar

29th June 2015 – So finally working a whole day on the Aquarel. I did manage to build most of the bar. The main issue was the heat. It was so hot aboard I couldn’t work for more then one hour before holding a break. I lost most of the time putting the hatch in front of the bar. I’m reusing a part of an old wooden hatch in front of the bar. I’m not sure whether I will keep it that way. It is dark and hard to recognize a hatch. I’ll have night sleep before making my final decision.

Aquarel – Oiling the bilges

28th June 2015 – I opened the floor where the bar will be built. part of that floor is becoming fixed so I cleaned the bilges and oiled them. they are looking much better when they are greasy. I was surprised to see how much dust has been collected since I last cleaned them, nearly a year ago…

Watergeus – Corridor

20th June 2015 – After a week of not being fit to work, I decided to try some work. The corridor between my workspace and the front of the ship is now nearly finished and covered with a coat of primer.

Outside on deck, the last black remains of the fire were repainted. I still need my new windows, but the deck and hull are looking better again.

Just back from London

31st May 2015 – I have been in London for two days. Saw some friends, had a BBQ on a boat with musicians, artists and actors. It was great!

What have I been doing the last month. I worked a lot, mostly on the Aquarel and the Watergeus. I didn’t had any time so far to make updates to my blog. I will try to do this the next couple of days!

Aquarel – Sorting out my tools

17th May 2015 – Still sorting out my stuff. I’m surprised to see how many things I have, but once they are sorted out, it seems acceptable. My barge can only handle 165 tons of cargo. If I continue like I have been doing the last two years, I’ll get close to her maximum capacity. I did manage to clean the front deck. Only one engine and two big sheets of metal are left. The other items are now stored aboard the ship.

Aquarel – Building shelves

13th May 2015 – I started building shelves in my workspace area. I’m storing everything in boxes and old pieces of furniture. It works me that way, but I’m loosing to much space. Second reason why I want to build them is so I can finish one area in my work space. One wall had been insulated, I still had to finish the other one. It takes more time then expected.

While taking a break, I decided to add the second wheel to my anchor winch. It looks much better now.