12th March 2014 – The part of the project that made me the most nervous was getting those sheets on the boat without breaking my bag, a leg or having to dive to get them back.
8th March 2014 – My father came to help. I have made my planning a little tight. Therefore if something goes wrong, I have no spare time to solve it.
Luckily, everything went well today, the roofing felt came off easily, the hatches were loose and I had all the time to weld my supports.
At the end of the evening, I was tired, but the work for the next couple of days was done as well! I’ll take a day off tomorrow!
6th March 2014 – The same actions all over again: removing the roofing felt with an axe, cutting through some bolts and cleaning the metal underneath.
25th February 2014 – I have been thinking about insulation since I had this ship. Foaming is easy, done in one day and good insulated. I’m afraid of welding with foam. When the guy is coming to foam, everything must be ready and I just know I will forget something. Therefore I might go for rockwool….
I will do some basic tests somewhere this week. I’m gone put insulation against a piece of metal and weld as much as I can. On the Watergeus, I left a gap of 17cm between the metal and my insulation. Now I’m thinking of putting the insulation against the metal….
23rd February 2014 – Recuperation is something I have always done. I reused an air vent from the Hornblower on the Aquarel. Not just an air vent, but one I could barely lift with two hands…
I used a small saw machine for cutting the hole. I’ll never do that one again!
22nd February 2014 – I spent most of the day doing smaller jobs, welding a few supports, bolting some wood and cleaning the hold. It was time to do something, I barely find back any hammer at the moment.
18th February 2014 – I love this weather, warm and dry! The moment to paint the inside of the two new hatches an to paint some more in the hold. I’m really surprised to see how much paint goes into the hold. I’m not even half way….
15th February 2014 – We welded a little more into the new generator room. At the end of the evening, we lifted the generator and slided it into the compartment.
13th February 2014 – Still working in the kitchen unit, I now discovered my big pile of wood has nearly disappeared. So one third of the frame has been built and I’ve nearly ran out. I miscalculated somewhere…
5th February 2014 – Since I drew a line with a piece of chalk on my ceiling to make the line where my kitchen will stop, I can now officially say I’m working in the kitchen area. This give me a little hope that at the end of they day, I might succeed in converting this ship into something suitable….
It took me some time to mount one of the bigger wooden side supports on the bulkhead. After cutting the entrance in October, the bulkhead bent badly. I’ve now tried with a lot of clamps and some wood to bend it back. Without success…
4th February 2014 – Just cutting wood and drilling holes. THis will continue for a while…..
3rd February 2014 – Just like the last two days, I’ve been drilling holes and bolting wood. I start to notice a difference. One side is now nearly finished, and I’m running out of wood.
I’m not so happy about the glue I used. Maybe it is to cold, but I have no good results with it. The wood doesn’t stick together. Fortunately I used screws so it is solid enough but I was hoping that the glue would do his part of the job…
At the end of the day, I cleaned the wheelhouse, making it a bit more comfortable to live.
2nd February 2014 – Another day of drilling holes, cutting wood and painting metal.
1st February 2014 – The idea is to use foam as insulation for the ship. But I doubt, I might still go for the traditional insulation. Since I don’t know it yet, I’m making my frame work like on the Hornblower. Wide enough for putting insulation, but also solid enough to hold the foam and to screw sheets of multiplex on it afterwards.
It took me all day drilling holes and bolting the wood to the metal…
29th January 2014 – Since the floor is nearly finished I can start thinking about framing the hold. This looks easy, but it needs a lot of planning. I want to keep the maximum of space, but I need to have ten centimeters between the framework and the metal for spraying insulation foam.
At the end of the evening, I managed to build a sample of the frame for the den. To clear my mind, I painted some more of the metal in the hold….