7th July 2014 – I wonder how much time we spent in shops trying to find the right stuff. I was for about one hour in a shop finding silicone, a few pipe fittings, some screws, a bit of wires and sockets, some bolts and an air vent. It was late when I arrived and I still have no proper power in the original accommodation. I briefly did some wood work and went home.
5th July 2014 – It is a small area. One and a half meter long, four meters wide, but not easy to convert. The entrance to the hold from the old accommodation is taking much longer then expected. I want it to look in the same style as the original accommodation. The only visible difference will be the colour. The new wood is going to be painted. Anything above one meter from the ground will be white. Anything underneath are the panels from that spits barge.
28th June 2014 – Construction work today! Nobody seems to be sure whether it will rain or stay dry. I will not take the chance of painting the wheelhouse. Last year I had to remove the old sleeping accommodation. It was rotten, and there was a big risk of fire when we were welding near that bulkhead.
Last month, I put the portholes back and now I can redo the interior. There used to be two boxes for sleeping. One has become the entrance to the hold. The second one will be for sleeping again.
The first job was to protect the metal by painting it. It took me much longer then expected. It looks small, but the amount of paint I used was not in proportion to the area…
In the afternoon I made the wall between the entrance and the bed. I’m reusing the old furniture parts from the spits barge I salvaged earlier this month. Maybe I would have been quicker remaking it….
25th June 2014 – I continued sanding down the boat. Once everything was cleaned, I put a coat of paint on. Since I only had yellow paint left, she now looks like a duck. I will paint her with the right colour as soon as the weather permits me doing so.
24th June 2014 – I want my ship to look bit better. She needs a good coat of paint. I managed to remove eight or more layers of paint on two square meters of deck. It will take me a long way!
22nd June 2014 – The skylight for the old accommodation had been repaired. I mounted it on the deck, used some silicon to keep it in position. I must admit, those little elements give the boat a nice touch.
In the afternoon, I started preparations for the insulation and the walls I will make in the hold. I’m looking forward to have some areas ready and to get some structure in the hold.
20th June 2014 – It is not my intention to keep my website up-to-date with what other people do to my ships I have owned or worked on. I like to follow these ships in the background. I had the chance and honor to sail the Hornblower to the yard on the 7th June 2014. A few days later, she was dry docked.
A week later, the new owners called me telling the yard costs are to expensive and they will scrap the boat. I went to the yard and had a look. It is sad to see her in a condition I shall not further describe….
I will remember the Hornblower as my yacht, where I had a laugh and a cry, where I met nice people, where friends helped painting and the ship I have done the most welding jobs by myself. I spent two years converting her, making her looking shining again.
Thanks to all my friends in the support of saving the Hornblower in 2011. I will not save her again.
PS: For all the people who follow my website: Don’t send me pictures from her at the scrapyard!
4th June 2014 – Leaks! I knew there would be a leak somewhere in my windows. But all of them. Every window had one or two bolts that were leaking… I tightened the leaking bolts and those next to it. The rest of the evening was spent in cleaning the bilges.
31st May 2014 – Some good friends are coming tomorrow. I have to clean the hold and make a safe entrance for the children. I can only start doing this after we finished cutting the holes for the remaining windows. I started working at 4 o’clock in the morning and left my ship by 11 o’clock in the evening.
During the cutting of the remaining windows, I had twice a fire. One was quickly extinguished, the second was only discovered after a few minutes, giving it enough time to set a cover and some wood afire. I had some extra cleaning to do. The original portholes from the back accommodation are back in place. Nicely cleaned and properly sealed, it looks good!
26th May 2014 – The hold needs cleaning. There is so much dust from cutting the windows. Sadly enough, my hoover let me down so I did most with a brush. later that evening, I continued removing the accommodation from that other barge. I still need a whole week to finish that job. Keeps me busy 😉
The more I think about reusing the wood, the more I start thinking I will no longer be able to reconstruct the walls. The longer I wait the more I will forget how it was assembled in the first place…
25th May 2014 – Every conversion I’m doing, I always have some wood left. it is a shame to throw it away. Wood is expensive. The front of the Watergeus was filled with wood from previous jobs or recovered from boats at the scrapyard. I moved half of it to the Aquarel where I will need it in the coming weeks.
24th May 2014 – A major step forward in the conversion of the Aquarel are mounting the windows. It was raining, the fittings for the gas bottle were wrong and I was tired from the day before when I cleaned the boat.
In the late evening, we managed to cut five holes to fit the windows. Once the holes were done, it was bright in the hold. Everything seemed much bigger. The downside of this operation is the damage of the sparks on my stuff. the hold is filled up with wood and furniture. This made it impossible to move everything. It is my fault to leave it like that, but there was no other solution. Don’t fill the hold up before the conversion is finished 😉
I had to use a tube of silicon to seal the windows properly. Since it was raining all day, I could test my windows for leaks straight away. Luckily there were none.
14th May 2014 – The weather hasn’t been good for some days now. This evening, there was a little sunshine and it was dry. People made remarks to me that I had a rusty old boat. What they didn’t know, it is new metal that needs to rust before you can paint it.
I painted the front shield of the den and the two new entrance hatches.
11th May 2014 – Another day of removing the paneling and the nice bits of wood from that back accommodation. While breaking it down carefully, you start seeing how the shipyard built it. It gives me some new ideas.
10th May 2014 – The engine is probably broken. There is no more compression and I didn’t manage to get her running. I have to come up with another plan. Will be continued….
The last hatch was finished in between periods of rain and dry weather. Most of my metal work is now done.