12th October 2011 – I continued insulating the boat. I did the gang boards. The side panel was mounted, as well as some other wood. It looks more finished now. At the end of the evening I drilled the holes for the electricity sockets. Since I’ve ran out of insulation, I’ll have to wait till Saturday.
11th October 2011 – Another visit of a barge was planned for this evening. I knew the boat, since it has been moored in Sluiskil for three years. My best friend lived on it, after he had done the conversion. This ship was built as the Java in 1928. She was used as a tender to bring crew to the larger passenger vessels in the big harbours.
9th October 2011 – I often join people to have a look at a ship. Today I went to Tilburg (Netherlands) to visit a Friese Praam of 14 meters. It was the first time I was in that area and found some very nice vessels.
The vessel itself seemed very nice and in a good condition. I was surprised to see how much space was created on such a small surface. Friendly people, a beer and a good chat.
While being in the area, I took some pictures of vessels, like this beautiful tug:
8th October 2011 – In the morning I bought some insulation for the Hornblower. I use Rockwool Delta Sheets. Easy to work with and you can put it against the metal of the ship.
4th October 2011 – I drilled some more holes in the ribs of the boat.
3rd October 2011 – I’m starting to feel a little better. I did some wood work in the living room.
1st October 2011 – The little trip in the evening was not a good idea. I did a minor repair on the engine and slept for the rest of the day.
30th September 2011 – Since I had to work, friends took some pictures of the towing. Even if I hadn’t to work, I was to ill to do anything. Not sleeping, too much work at my work and at home had taken to much energy of me.
In the late evening, I did a little effort of driving my boat from Moerbrugge to her mooring with Andy. Something I would regret the next two days. Still it was a nice experience. In the lock of Dampoort, a friend came aboard. We hit the door of the lock because the reverse of the gearbox failed to work.
28th September 2011 – An English couple is willing to tow my boat to Moerbrugge. Since she is moored at the front of the dock, they wanted her to to be next to them. It would be easier to leave on Friday. I’m under a lot of stress at the moment and forgot to fill up the fuel tank. I changed oil, tried the steering and came with a battery. After two minutes the engine stopped running and we had to tow the boat by hand for approximately 400 meters. Climbing up and down every barge to get the rope and pull her a bit further.
In the two minutes the engine ran, we were smoked out. The exhaust was broken and a lot of smoke came free in the wheelhouse. The person who had been working on the boat made sure I wouldn’t leave…
25th September 2011 – A lot of technical issues have to be arranged before leaving Sluiskil. One of them was the cooling of the engine. The exhaust was leaking, so that needed a fix as well. The steering was not working properly and the wheelhouse was still a mess. I couldn’t show I was working on leaving, so everything had to be done in between…
We had a great BBQ with the neighbours in the evening. It made me forgot my trouble for a while…
24th September 2011 – I spent most of the day painting one side and cleaning the deck. In the late afternoon I started preparing for the voyage to Bruges.
10th September 2011 – Most of the day, I spent in the fore peak of the Hornblower. I did some woodwork and some insulation.
In the evening there was bad weather.
11th August 2011 – Some pictures of the Frantsis on her mooring
26th July 2011 – All the stuff I planned for the winter can be done now. The weather is so terribly bad. Therefore I updated several pages on this site
19th July 2011 – Before I painted the anchor, I cleaned it with a steel brush. It looks nice now, but I will give it another coat tomorrow.