21st August 2014 – Since the welding around my kitchen is finished I can concentrate on the woodwork again. It took me some time to mount the frame and the steel wires to hold the insulation. I’m surprised to see how much insulation that goes into a small area… Anyway, by the end of the evening the wall was finished to hold the kitchen sink and the other units.
16th August 2014 – Nice weather, slightly cloudy. I had two thick sheets of metal for the mast support. This needs to be strong since it has to hold a serious weight in the near future. It took us all day to make the support and a waterproof casing for the foot of the mast.
15th August 2014 – A national holiday on a Friday. This is perfect for a long weekend of working aboard the Aquarel. The only element I couldn’t count on was the weather. The whole day was raining. Anyway, I managed to weld the remaining supports for the hatches. At least when it is stormy, I don’t have to worry to much about losing them.
Heavy rain continued and therefore it was necessary to work inside. The metal framework for the watertanks was welded. The watertanks float above the wooden floor. In case I have to weld at the yard, I can get access to the bilges without moving my tanks.
25th July 2014 – The corner between the entrance to the hold is now finished with insulation and multiplex. It was a test case to see how I could do the rest of the hold. It went surprisingly well and I’m happy with the result. If I can do the rest like this as well, I might finish one side of the hold very quickly…
24th July 2014 – At the moment I have to much stuff in the hold. Insulation and wood are taking a lot of space. I’m now going to concentrate on insulating some parts of the boat to get rid of the insulation and wood. I did some silicon on the joins where the roof was welded. In case I missed something when welding, I know it is now closed.
21st July 2014 – The weather was cloudy but dry. I finished the air vent for the toilet. It is a welded pipe with a cover in RVS. Something I made myself. Later that day I welded one profile for my hatches and did remove the old paint around it.
In the late afternoon the new metal was all painted. It looks less rusty now!
19th July 2014 – The outside needs attention. Of the three boats moored here, she isn’t looking the best one. We temporarily welded the mast so it out of the way. All the supports for the hatches are welded.
The hatches on the front hold now have security brackets. They can’t blow away and are looking tidy.
15th July 2014 – Insulating the boat is one of the jobs I don’t like. Nevertheless, it has to be done at some point. The wall between the bedroom area and the hold got some insulation. Since I had some time left, I cut two sheets of multiplex and mounted them.
14th July 2014 – I have enough of the hold. To much stuff, I can’t walk around or move a single sheet of multiplex without hitting at least ten other things…. I had some water in the bilges yesterday and I can’t get to it properly because my stuff is at that location. All those things were working slightly on my nerves. The deal for today: just cleaning, no construction work!
At the end of the evening, I could slightly walk around and started doing some work anyway. All the welding joints of the roof will be sealed with silicon on the inside of the boat. Briefly calculated, there is about 180 meters where I have to put silicon. I did the bathroom area and stared insulating the den. I’m using 12cm of Rockwool. It might not be enough, but for the purposes she will be used it is ok.
13th July 2014 – The bedroom is finished. I now need to paint it and connect the electricity. Woodwork is done and I’m happy!
I found some old merkels at the scrapyard. They are perfect for my hatches. It took me some time before I could find them. Once the hatches are nicely over my roof, it will be looking a bit better. Once the weather allows me to paint, I will!
10th July 2014 – The ceiling of the bedroom is finished. I’m now working on joining the old and new interior together without creating to much of a breakage in style. Since the new area is insulated, there is a difference in height. It makes the joint complex to make. It needs a lot of measuring and some creativity to get it right…
8th July 2014 – I started on the Aquarel straight after work. I could do a lot of work till it came dark. The frame for the ceiling is ready. One more evening and I hope the wood work will be finished for the bed.
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.
6th July 2014 – It had been a while since I had a look at the shipyard in Rupelmonde. One of my neighbours is dry-docked at the moment. The perfect excuse to have a look. While I was there, I drove around in the area and found an old klipperaak, similar to the Aquarel.
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.