Month: September 2010

Watergeus – Cutting out the floor

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.

Ross Leopard – Last drink

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!

Watergeus – Painting / insulating

26th September 2010 – The remaining parts of the blank metal were painted. I insulated the walls in the afternoon. The roof panels of the wheelhouse are in a very bad condition. I removed the top layer, and put in new wood. The lists around it need to be sanded down before I’ll put them back.

Frantsis – Cleaning bilges

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.

Watergeus – Cleaning and painting

18th September 2010 – In the morning I removed all the useless stuff from the back accommodation, the paneling I wanted to keep, furniture and tools that were no longer required.

The side was degreased and painted.

I went shopping for some wood and tools. I want to make a frame as quick as possible so I get my first impression on how much space that will be available once I’m finished insulating the sides.

Watergeus – Stairs

15th September 2010 – On Monday I had removed the stairs of the back accommodation to get my furniture out or at least to attempt to get it out.

I was totally forgotten the stair was still in the bathroom so I felt over a meter deep; straight in the back accommodation. Luckily I didn’t break a single thing. I mentioned it on my Facebook page as a joke,but it really hearts!

Watergeus – A bit of this and a bit of that…

4th September 2010 – By the end of the year I wish to have finished the inside of the back accommodation. Every time I start a job I notice something else needs to be done as well. Today was one of these days where I sanded in the back accommodation, did a part of the deck, worked in the front area and cleaned the back deck.

The current situation is: Kitchen completely removed, as well as most of the chipboard and half of the room being sanded. The bed has partly been rebuilt in the back (removed in December 2008 to make an office space).

The gang board on the canal side needs to be done for 60% I did a few meters, but there was just a little to much wind.

The front cabin is ready for painting, but I don’t find any time to do so.

In the late evening, I spent some time cleaning the bilges of the Frantsis and putting some more oil to prevent it from rusting.

Watergeus – Kitchen

1st September 2010 – I removed the kitchen in the back accommodation. While I had the intention to reuse the furniture in the front, I had to cut it down to get it out of the wheelhouse. The wood was partly rotten as well so it will have one last use: a hot winter night for one person.