Category: MS Stern

Stern – Moving alongside the Watergeus

22nd March 2021 – Now that the new ship of my neighbor has arrived, it was time to clean up the mooring and move it back alongside the Watergeus. I was surprised the see the engine starting on only 8v instead of 12v. I kept it running for a while so the battery can charge. My other neighbour helped me with the rope work.

Stern – a small bit of t&g

1st March 2021 – I had to do something on the Stern. Nice weather and I hadn’t been aboard for a whole week. I just removed the old panel of the back bulkhead to get access to the rudder and battery. I added some t&g and then it was dark..

Stern – Wheelhouse

19th February 2021 – Still disappointing about this morning, I went to have a look at the Hornblower where they are rebuilding her. It motivated me to start on the Stern. Aboard the Stern, I did some t&g around the cupboards in the wheelhouse and around the windows. I cut the remaining expanded foam as well.

One serious day of working and most of the wheelhouse should be finished.

When people can start skating…..

14th February 2021 – When people can start skating, it is time to worry about pipes and frost damage. I had trouble with the bathroom outlet but also with the cold water system aboard the Watergeus. I’m not sure yet if the Stern will be fine. I did put a lot of heating aboard but it is still worrying.  I had a few drinks in the evening aboard the Stern. It is a small ship, so easily to heat.  The canal is sill partly frozen so we shall see tomorrow. 

In the meantime, the outlet issue of the Watergeus is solved, but it is still only 11°C in the living room, 3°C more then this morning!

Bruges – High water

29th January 2021 – I have never seen the water so high as today. I was glad to be at home so I could keep an eye on both my ships. The Stern nearly ended up on the wooden beam on the side of the canal. Watergeus is much deeper in the water. Since water was raising quickly, there was the chance  that Watergeus could lift up its gangway or gets stuck underneath it. None of this happened! 

Stern – Removing the old toilet

19th January 2021 – What had to be an easy job turns out in a small nightmare. I had to buy a hull skin fitting, then I had to buy the right drill and in the end the hole was made. When I removed the old toilet, which was totally dry, I wanted to seal the old hoses. I sprayed foam into them. It came out straight away including a lot of water. So there is still water in the old pipes. I hoovered out as much as I could, and I will go shopping again tomorrow to find the right fitting to seal them… A wasted afternoon and now a worrying evening!