23th October 2010 – It was raining a lot. I couldn’t work outside. It was the perfect moment for shopping, buying a boiler, pump, a bed, etc… for the new back accommodation.
20th October 2010 – The winter is coming. Last night it was minus 2°C so I went to the Arma to fill the engines up with anti freeze.
When I was back aboard I made a solid frame for a bed in the back accommodation of the Watergeus. At least it was warm in my ship.
19th October 2010 – I went looking for a yacht in Ghent. Not sure yet what I should do. Too busy at the moment, But I’ll write some more in the future.
17th October 2010 – I started putting the wires for the electricity in the walls.
16th October 2010 – In the afternoon I finished the roof of the wheelhouse and another part of the frame in the back accommodation.
16th October 2010 – A potential buyer for the Frantsis came. Since I had already removed the water from the engine, for the coming winter period, I had to fill her up again.
13th October 2010 – I painted the side where all the wood had just been removed. Since I didn’t have much time I did a quick job.
12th October 2010 – I decided to put the Frantsis up for sale. Anyone who is interested can contact me. She is good start for a nice project of a little houseboat. It is technical also possible to make her look original again, but that would take you some time!
12th October 2010 – I removed the wall with the chipboard and the electricity. It was built much stronger then the other side.
11th October 2010 – I continued working on the roof in the wheelhouse, a very time consuming job. For a change, I painted the front accommodation in the afternoon. It is always nice to do something different in the afternoon.
1st October 2010 – I’m using my girlfriends camera. New pictures will be illustrating the text again. Thanks Carmen!
29th September 2010 – I cut out the shower area in the back accommodation. The bathroom, where once the kitchen was has a standing height of 1,80 meters. That is not enough for a shower, so I’ll lower the floor in the bathroom. Since there are a few ribs, the grease pump and the gearbox, I had to carefully choose the area where I could put the shower.
In the evening I went eating at the neighbours.
28th September 2010 – The bar of the Ross Leopard was open one last time. This boat, once a famous night club in London, is a Grimsby built deep sea trawler. She was moored in Ostend for several years and is now heading to the scrapyard.
I have only known the ship after it’s glorious period, but never the less I had a good time and met several great people, of which I still can call them real friends!
25th September 2010 – The back accommodation will be rented out. So I need new furniture, modern pieces. Together with my girlfriend I went to Ikea to have a look at their stuff.
18th September 2010 – In the afternoon I cleaned some bilges from the Frantsis and put some oil on them so they are better preserved for the winter. I made a little floor and put the wood from my back accommodation in it. That’s the good thing about owning two barges. You can always use one as storage.