Watergeus – Walls

28th April 2009 – Since we didn’t have all the pieces for the water system, the tanks were connected to the pump and that’s it for the plumbing today.

I started building the first wall in the forecastle. I tried a few possibilities and ideas since I want to have the maximum of space out of this small area. When it was dark I had to stop working, but at least half of a frame is standing.

Watergeus – Technical area

19th April 2009 – Somewhere the coming week we would connect the watertanks and pump.

Therefore we wanted to finish the ceiling and walls of this reasonable big room. A metal plate had to be moved, a fuel tank and some other heavy stuff.

After this had been gone, I could start building the walls. By the end of the evening one wall was done and two plates were mounted as ceiling. It was a bit disappointing that we could only get that far, but at least it looks tidy and it will be easier to work in this area now.

Watergeus – Technical area

11th April 2009 – The area where the pump and watertanks are stored is called technical area #2. In a few weeks time, we will finally connect the tanks. There is no insulation in that room, so I decided to change this. We made the wall to the living area insulated and the roof. Since it was over 35°C in that room, we had to stop working after a while. Every hole we drilled in the metal was becoming harder and harder.

Watergeus – Cutting metal

9th April 2009 – In the front technical area where the watertanks and pump are stored, there was a big sheet of metal. It was cut out of the roof when the big skylight was built. I stored it in the front when there were no walls in the hold. Now, two years later, I still had that plate and it had to get out of the boat.

It took me an hour to cut the sheet and put the pieces together. They were to heavy to get out by one person, but at least they now fit through the small door of the front accommodation.

Watergeus – Living room

15th March 2009 – Maybe it was the first year of the day to sit outside, but I still had a lot of work to do. I drilled a hole through the bulkhead to pass a water pipe. It took me ten minutes of drilling to get through.

Watergeus – Tar…

8th March 2009 – Finally finished the support and I also mounted the pump. The bilges underneath the water tank are not in an optimal condition and the chance of having water from the tanks onto them is real. So I decided to put tar in the bilges and put it quit thick as well. Since I was dirty anyway, I painted some weaker places on the hull as well. Where a tier is hanging, most of the tar was gone. Also the rivets welded received an extra coat.

In the late afternoon I repaired my old compressor that had been under water for three years till we discovered the ship in December 2005.

Watergeus – Small work

7th March 2009 – While I went shopping in the morning, plumbing needs a lot of tools and pieces, my mother painted the three doors in the corridor.

In the afternoon I had some visit from an English couple living on a tjalk. It is always interesting and fascinating to exchange ideas and experiences on boats. Later that day I finished the entrance to the hold. It is not yet the result I wanted, but I don’t have to much time to spend another day on this little area.

Watergeus – Mounting the waterpump

5th March 2009 – The plan was to mount the waterpump. By the end of the evening, I nearly finished the support, but I was unable to mount the pump itself. It took more time then I expected, but it is a solid construction that could easily hold my own weight.

Watergeus – Running the DAF engine

4th March 2009 – I’m planning to put a control panel in the near future. They called me today and asked if it would suit for me to mount it next week. I had ran my engine in early January to put some anti freeze in the system. Since the hardest part of the winter is over, I ran her again to check if everything was good and so it seemed!

Since I still have an old broken panel that can’t be removed, I have to build a new box on the other side of the steering wheel. This means I have to clean up the wheelhouse, another job that needs finishing quickly.