23th February 2007 – I had prepared everything for the trip (see article), but forgot about putting weight in the back, so the propeller would be under the water, not halve above. If the propeller is above water, you can’t sail backwards! Therefore I filled the new waste water tank with canal water.
The deck was painted on the side visible in Bruges. This will make her look nicer for when we arrive somewhere next week.
The holes for the portholes of the bedrooms and corridor were drilled, those of the kitchen and bathroom re drilled.
Some more plating of the watertight compartment were welded.
In the late evening the preparations for the trip were discussed, while drinking some coffee and beer.
22th February 2007 – In the morning, since the weather was dry, I painted the main entrance in black, according to the rest of the boat’s style.
While the first coat of paint was drying, the windows for the kitchen and bathroom were placed. Since I couldn’t drill with my hand, which is till not healing, the holes could not be re drilled to match the windows.
In the afternoon, I made a trip with Rinus’ new boat, the 1929 build Arma. She is a maatkast built on the dimensions for sailing through Friesland. It was a small but relaxing trip.
While sailing on the Arma, the welder started working on my bulkhead, the last thing that needed welding before leaving Sluiskil.