Month: July 2008

Watergeus – Insulating the ceiling

27th July 2008 – In the morning and a big piece of the afternoon I continued to insulate the roof, now the part of the living room. Since it was 39° on the inside I quiet earlier then usual with working.

Everywhere it was so hot, back accommodation around 32°, my hold as well, wheelhouse 43°c. I do know why insulation and ventilation are important on a ship.

With the rest of the time I had left, I drawed a plan for the forepeak and what I would like to do with it.

Watergeus – Hatches

26th July 2008 – Since I still had some pieces of hatches left from when they were cut out for the skylight, I decided to do something with them. I cut them in small pieces for on the roof of the entrance cabin. This was te only piece of naked metal where I still had condensation. So I made a small roof I later finished with wood. The flowers are now higher, less rust on the metal and a protection of condensation from the outside. I still have some pieces left, they will finally go to the local scrapyard.

I repainted my gangway wit a wood preserving product. It was over a year since it was last done and reasonably necessary as well.

On the meantime, my father continued drilling holes in the ribs of my ship, his favorite hobby!

In the evening I cycled to Ostend where one of my neighbours had moored his ship for a three days holiday. We had a little meal, a few glasses of wine and a nice chat. I didn’t stay to long, since I had to cycle all the way back as well.

Watergeus – Lifeboat

25th July 2008 – I started cleaning the lifeboat, a lot more work then I expected. I also removed the name on the ship and put a little cover on to prevent it from filling completely with rain. I’m not sure yet, but most likely I’ll keep it on the hatches and one day I’ll buy a car crane to put it in and out of the water. But that’s a far away dream!

In the late evening it started raining so I worked a bit on the inside. I put another table in my little office space, so I could tart working from that space. It is real basic but it works.

Watergeus – Moving the computers

22nd July 2008 – I’m old fashion if it is about ships and decorating them. At the other hand my work is computer related. Therefore and for the future, I had decided to put computer network in the hold of my ship. It should become possible to use a computer or any network device in every room of the hold. I went buying the pieces today.

Watergeus – Plywood

20th July 2008 – We continued with putting sheets of multiplex on the sides. The more plates are placed, the smaller the space looks, but the more it is getting the final shape, how it should look, it looks!

In the afternoon we placed the floor of the corridor, the same floor as in the office space; reused azobe. I don’t know what I did wrong, but while drilling so many smoke came that we had to go outside. In the end I continued drilling, but couldn’t see my machine anymore. It took four hours, but the result is good. I like it (and that’s why I’m doing it)!

Electricity problems at my neighbour

17th July 2008 – Same trouble different day for my neighbour. I know how it feels to have trouble and don’t know to solve them. Sadly enough I can’t help her myself. My knowledge of electricity is so limited, it won’t even be of any use.

Those little problems make it often hard to live on a ship. Many people are giving up on these issues. Once you’ve passed them it is great to live on a ship, believe me!

Watergeus – Lowering a cupboard and helping the neighbour

16th July 2008 – Perfectly on time, the man arrived with the cupboard. I was an hour earlier to prepare stuff I might had forgotten. My father and I opened the skylight and fixed everything since there was some kind of wind.

In the meantime I was at my neighbours who had no power on her ship after her television went out. Her forepeak was filled with 5 cm of water. After some research, she discovered a no longer connected hose was the cause. One end was attached to the tank, while the other side was open. When the tank was filled, water started running out this small piece of hose. Remarkable how this small hose could cause such a disaster. Blankets, hatch cover, thins of paint, everything was in the water. Fortunately she was having a metal buiting, so the water remained in position an did not make it’s way through the bilges.

With four men we put the cupboard in two pieces, in the hold. We put back the hatches and went looking at the power supply of the neighbour’s ship. It was a busy evening, but a lot had been done!

Watergeus – Painting

15th July 2008 – Today I painted the roof of the front cabin. It was well damaged and scratched when putting the propeller a few months ago. Since it was a little heavy I had to drop it. Tomorrow they’ll bring a cabinet for the living room I last Saturday bought. Since we have to enter it through the roof, I had to remove all the hatches from around it. This took me over an hour. I found it the perfect time to paint the area around the big roof window. It had never been painted and the metal plates looked relative rusty. I had to clean the metal first, undo some scales of rust and remove all the dust. It looks much better, I even believe without hatches she would look nice. Since the hatches are helping to have less condensation, I’m going to keep them. Also, she looks more original.

Since I have one room finished, I notice I’m sitting more in the hold then in the back accommodation. It really gives me a good feeling!

Watergeus – Office space ceiling

12th July 2008 – In the morning we finished the little floor underneath the stairs. The following job was to build the roof in the office space. The carpenter recommended to wait, but since I had seen how he built the walls, I started building it myself with my father. It took us all morning, but two third have been done.

In the afternoon we went looking to a piece of furniture, described as a library. In the end it was a big *****. I bought it and it will be delivered on Wednesday. Not many people like oak furniture, but it is nicely build and undamaged, I decided to buy it. The price was good and it will nicely fit into my living room.

I took an old computer from my parents place and installed it in the office space in the hold. It makes the room less empty and more useful. I’ll use it to look up my plans or other important items needed during construction. If I wanted to make something clear, we all had to go to the back accommodation to have a look, now I can show it in the hold.