Month: November 2020

Tordino – No power again

30th November 2020 – I woke up early and noticed there wasn’t AIS signal again. When I arrived aboard, the charger went in failure. I switched the heather to the mains power, which is not so reliable, but at least, it is working.  Batteries are charging and AIS is on. Heating now works as well, let’s hope, it stays well. 


It reminds me of two years ago when I had to go to the yard. Just at that moment , I had a faulty inverter. Now it is cold again and this is happening. It is nice to have comfort and automatic systems, as long as they work!

Tordino – No power…

28th November 2020 – I already noticed late in the afternoon I had no AIS signal so there was no power aboard. When I checked the engine room it was not the mains power but the charger that is broken, a very expensive one… It lasted over ten years, so I can’t complain. 

I used another charger to keep my ship alife since all my equipment is running of the inverter aboard..

Stad Rotterdam – Removing tar

28th November 2020 – We arrived last night and stayed in a b&b.  The whole day we removed tar from the sides of the ship while the third person cleaned the bilges. The yard had made some progress, but not as impressive as last time. The bottom plate is done, but the sides and the ribs still needs to be done. I was exhausted in the evening and slept most of the journey back home. 

Stern – Darkening t&g

25th November 2020 – I finished t &g on portside and did an experiment with dark oil on starboard side. I want to mirror the colour of the cupboards on portside with the wall on starboard. Later in the evening, a friend came and we had a drink aboard with the electric heating running.



Time is Money

23rd November 2020 – I always believe in the quote time is money. I have a limited time and maintaining three vessels, working on several project and having a fulltime job. I’ve noticed over the last couple of months, I’m always working in periods of several weeks. A few weeks on Tordino, a few weeks on the Stern. Just a thought…

Stern – Painting green

23rd November 2020 – Early in the morning, I cleaned the living room. the oil on the windows was still wet so I couldn’t start cutting the wood. After lunch time I covered the windows with plastic foil, painted the wooden frame on portside. Inside, I finished the skylight and did some more t&g. 

Stern – Small jobs

22nd November 2020 – Still exhausted from yesterday, I decided to do at least something. I removed the green cover from starboard side and gave the windows a second coat of oil on the inside. Whily my brush was used anyway, I gave a second coat on the dashboard and the step in front of the steering wheel.


Stad Rotterdam – Planning and cleaning the hull

21st November 2020 – We went with the three of us to Franker to have a meeting and to do some work.  The meeting took some time but we got there in the end. Once in the hall where the vessel is being converted we had the unpleasant discovery that the ship is not as high and as wide as we believed so. We made new plans and by changing the position of the bulkhead, and adding the watertank to the front, we can keep the same living space. 

Most of the afternoon was gone by removing tar from the side of the ship while one of us was scraping the bilges. A whole barrel of dirt came out.  I hoped to discover some older marks, but instead I found a rotten spot and a few old old scratches from hitting something. It is so interested to be so close to to a ship, you start feeling her history. I removed some paint from the bow to find out the old colours that were used.

Exhausted but happy with the result, we returned our journey to Bruges, another 4 hours of driving. 

Stern – Cleaning

19th November 2020 – Time for some cleaning in the living room and wheelhouse. Taking away extension cables, tools, pieces of wood and sawdust. It doesn’t only look better, it makes more space and this is what we need tomorrow!

Stern – T&G in the living room

17th November 2020 – Having some trouble with my computers, I only had limited time left to do something. Paintwork on the outside was looking surprisingly well after the rain we had. I added some more t&g in the corners and where it was missing. Slowly getting there. Can’t wait to have my windows delivered on Friday.