Month: April 2015

Aquarel – Welding the steps

24th April 2015 – The stairs to the hold are not finished. A lot of welding is needed and I don’t want to continue with the woodwork till they are finished. Most of the metal was put in place but another day of welding is needed.

I’ve also started with the bar in the hold. In my exhibition space, I would like to have a small bar or a kitchen.

Aquarel – Working in the bathroom

21st April 2015 – It is taking me to long to finish the bathroom. There are to many things where my only answer is “I don’t know yet”. I tried finishing the wall between the bath and the rest of the bathroom till I ran out of wood. While mounting the fittings for the bath and shower tap, I know the bathroom is getting there.

A major job will be running all the pipes for cold and warm water.


16th April 2015 – It has been in the news and sadly enough I have to confirm it. My friends ship was lost in a fire while moored alongside the Watergeus. This happened last week, the 7th April. Nobody was wounded but the damage is severe. The yacht is lost and was salvaged yesterday. My ship will be repaired in the near future when the insurance is arranged.

A simple diesel heather caused the fire. This can happen to everyone. What saved the Watergeus was the quick response of the neighbours that cooled down my ship with water. One of them used a pump, the other one the street connection. Without their response there would be no Watergeus left!

Regular updates on my blog about the conversion of the Aquarel and my other projects will continue again in May.

Watergeus – Damaged by fire

7th April 2015 – At 6 o’clock in the evening, there was a fire on a yacht next to me. By the time the fire brigade had arrived the yacht was nearly burned out and the heat caused severe damage to parts of my ship, including the study room, several broken windows, smoke damage, etc…

I will not get into detail at this moment. The following pictures should tell you enough.

Aquarel – Electricity

6th April 2015 – A third day of working on the Aquarel is starting to be hard. I wished I had slept a little more… Anyway, work wasn’t waiting and I started. Pulling some more wires through the bathroom and starting to strip the wires for the sockets, switches and connectors.

In the afternoon, I looked how to build the bar. I finished the wall behind the bar and added some more wires.

Aquarel – Working on the engine

4th April 2015 – Working a bit on the engine, dismantling water and fuel fittings. One of the new deadlines is to have the engine running or replaced by the beginning of the summer. The engine room is one of the few areas I left untouched since I own the ship.

In the afternoon, my parents came to help me moving boxes and cables in my workshop. I need to pull wires from the fusebox to the hold, but a lot of stuff stands in the way. There was still an area underneath the front accommodation that was filled by the previous owner. It took us some time to get to it. Anchors, cables, old wooden doors, wooden hatches and some more stuff was stored. Nice things, but most of them useless. It was impressive to see how the ship was built, where the square side of the ship slowly turns into the curved bow. I found back traces from the bow rudder.

After the big cleanup, we started pulling the wires. I ran out of cable, so the perfect excuse to go home and stop working for today.