Month: September 2012

Hornblower – Bathroom

19th September 2012 – It took me some time to make a plan for the bedroom. Another room that worried me a lot is the bathroom. I stopped working there a long time ago. Today I made my mind up and started working there. The first bit was finishing the floor, then doing some plumbing. It’s the first time I do it all by myself. I won’t be surprised if some of the fittings are leaking…

A few pictures of how I left the bathroom a couple of months ago…

Hornblower – Cleaning the wheelhouse

16th September 2012 – Next Wednesday my new windows, or at least the first ones will be placed in the wheelhouse. I closed all the holes of the wheelhouse that gave entrance to the engine room.

In the afternoon, I cleaned out the wheelhouse. In a few months time, it became a major storage space. I also painted the floor to protect the wood during the works.

Hornblower – Windows

8th September 2012 – If everything goes as planned, my new windows should arrive next week. Around the old windows is still a lot of wood. That wood was fixed by screws and nails. The nails were welded and the screws were drilled from the outside through the metal and then into the wood. had to break every single of them with a hammer and a chisel. It made a lot of noise and it strengthened my muscles of my arm!


After removing some more wood, I found a name and a date. This probably means the interior was redone in 1981.

Next to the windows at the front part of the wheelhouse I welded some ribs. I don’t like drilling through the metal for the wood. It is another chance of creating rust and leaks.

Once the welding was done, I started working on the dashboard.


Struggling badly with my back

4th September 2012 – After three days I barely did something on the Hornblower. I’m struggling badly with my back. My parents and friends came to help me on some occasions. I had plenty of time for planning.

Once more I realized that clamps can help you a lot when doing a job.

Today was probably the day of tjalken. I noticed three tjalken passing by.


Hornblower – Sliding door issues

4th September 2012 – A major problem when I bought the ship were the sliding doors. Last week I started working on removing the old rotten profiles in which the door was sliding. Today I bought the metal and started replacing them. This looks an easy job that could be done in a few hours. By the time I finished, it took me a whole day for one door. Maybe my back is part of the problem…