Category: MS Hornblower - page 12

Hornblower – Miscalculation

23rd October 2011 – The other side of the living room was planned for today. It took me some time to figure out why there was a 20cm difference in the starboard side of the living room. It was only in the late afternoon I discovered the error I made. This means I lost a lot of time.

By the end of the evening, I made some progress.

Hornblower – Big cleanup

22nd October 2011 – I have now owned the boat since April. Ever since, I have always put more stuff on the boat. Things I found or got, tools and pieces from my other ship, I filled it up in less then seven months. The bathroom area was cleaned in the morning, the wheelhouse in the afternoon. The ship is looking much bigger again.

I removed the kitchen unit, which wasn’t working anyway.

Hornblower – Wooden frame

20th October 2011 – I mounted the wooden frame against the ribs of the boat. I gave the metal a second coat of paint. It is now ready for insulation.

The yellow paint is from International and was intended for the Ross Leopard. Since the ship was scrapped, I got the paint and I’m using it whenever I can.

Hornblower – Insulation

12th October 2011 – I continued insulating the boat. I did the gang boards. The side panel was mounted, as well as some other wood. It looks more finished now. At the end of the evening I drilled the holes for the electricity sockets. Since I’ve ran out of insulation, I’ll have to wait till Saturday.

Hornblower – The big tow

30th September 2011 – Since I had to work, friends took some pictures of the towing. Even if I hadn’t to work, I was to ill to do anything. Not sleeping, too much work at my work and at home had taken to much energy of me.

In the late evening, I did a little effort of driving my boat from Moerbrugge to her mooring with Andy. Something I would regret the next two days. Still it was a nice experience. In the lock of Dampoort, a friend came aboard. We hit the door of the lock because the reverse of the gearbox failed to work.


Hornblower – Moving the boat

28th September 2011 – An English couple is willing to tow my boat to Moerbrugge. Since she is moored at the front of the dock, they wanted her to to be next to them. It would be easier to leave on Friday. I’m under a lot of stress at the moment and forgot to fill up the fuel tank. I changed oil, tried the steering and came with a battery. After two minutes the engine stopped running and we had to tow the boat by hand for approximately 400 meters. Climbing up and down every barge to get the rope and pull her a bit further.

In the two minutes the engine ran, we were smoked out. The exhaust was broken and a lot of smoke came free in the wheelhouse. The person who had been working on the boat made sure I wouldn’t leave…