2nd January 2010 – At the end of December I connected my ship to land with a steel cable. I bought some more for the back as well. Since it was to cold to work, I’ll connect it another time…
25th December 2009 – First of all I want to wish everyone a Merry Christmas!
As you could read, the last two months I haven’t done much work on the ship. I have many plans such as finishing the front, converting the storage area into a room, putting a new floor in the wheelhouse, sanding the inside and repair the wheelhouse, etc…
I’m making a planning for all these jobs. I would like to start halfway January with the wheelhouse.
20th December 2009 – It was snowing the last couple of days and so it continued today. It gave me the perfect occasion of taking some pictures:
In the afternoon, the owner of the art ship was giving a midwinter party!
16th-17th-18th – 19th December 2009 – I had my annual holiday in England and the Netherlands visiting friends and barges!
12th December 2009 – Last weekend I decided to make some changes to my mast. The few remaining ropes were rotten and flags were all gone. I bought around 100 meter of steel cable, all different sizes and types. It took me around a day to finish the whole project, but the result looks good.
In the afternoon, one of the last remaining jobs was done in the living room. Double glass was mounted in the skylight to prevent condensation and losing the heat.
6th December 2009 – Last year I wanted to mount a tree in the mast but I had no money. This year I noticed my mast was already bending because of some ropes with flags. So maybe next year….
1st December 2009 – As planned a long time ago, the front cabin will become a spare bedroom. It will be built like the back accommodation, traditional looking and vanished.
Since I’m living in the hold I used this area to store everything I no longer needed. It took me three hours to clean the area, sort out my tools, put the nails together, screws, etc… I also realized how many screw drivers I have found back!
I still have no Internet, so I don’t know when another update might be uploaded.
21st-30th November 2009 – I can’t remember a week like the one we just had. Very windy and a lot of rain, a lot! I had no Internet connection so I didn’t write an updates. Also I didn’t do much since I wanted to enjoy the converted hold.
People cut the ropes of one of the barges on Sunday morning. With the bad weather it took the fire brigade some time to get the boat back to her mooring.
For the last couple of days I have been hanging on my ropes, making a small list. Other moments I wasn’t able to get decently aboard. I hop the weather will be stable again. It is hard to invite people aboard in this situation.
14th November 2009 – The Arma had arrived yesterday. She has been converted but is still unfinished, like many boating projects. I helped closing a hole in the den so rain will not come in that easily. The windows were not delivered in time, so they left the yard half finished….
2nd November 2009 – Since some small works still needs doing, a lot of my tools were hanging around in the kitchen and living room. I had enough of them, it made it look like a small shipyard workshop again. I removed them and now my living room and kitchen are looking better.
30th October 2009 – The corridor was the last unpainted area in the hold. So I started putting it in primer. It is a small area with many corners and sides. It took much more time then expected.
25th October 2009 – The floor was done in the bathroom and the furniture put on its place. Another room has been finished. I’m starting to wonder what I shall do the next weekends?
24th October 2009 – The bathroom received it’s third and final coat of paint. The sink was connected to the pump in the kitchen. I mounted the furniture for the bathroom and by the end of the evening, I painted the kitchen floor. A few more days and the hold is done!
22nd October 2009 – It is now the 5th day I’m living in the hold. It is a big chance. The area is bigger then the back accommodation, there is more comfort and most importantly: Heating! The central heating is working nicely!
19th October 2009 – Friends asked me to visit a ship wit them and give my opinion. It is always hard to give an opinion so I try to do this as minimum as possible.
The positive side on this is that I meet new people and visit new ships. On this ship I found an East German or Russian engine. It was very similar to an American GM, but I had never seen it before.