Going to Sluiskil

20th April 2008 – Lovely weather today. Since I had been working quiet hard for the last couple of weeks, it was time to have a break and visit my friends in Sluiskil and Terneuzen. Before leaving, I decided to take another picture of my crane, now with sunshine.

While in Terneuzen, I went looking at the Arma that was dry-docked for inspection. She really is a nice looking vessel.

Watergeus – Wood work

19th April 2008 – Wood working today! We continued the side of land so the frame structure is now finished and ready for insulation in the coming week.

Furthermore we build a wall that closes of the technical room in the front from the hold. In the technical hold are the water tanks, fuel tank, water pumps, spare wood, etc…

By the end of the evening,t he whole wall was built.

Watergeus – Mounting the davit

18th April 2008 – Painted around the windows on the inside. When a wooden frame is around the windows, it is no longer possible to paint the metal behind it. Metal will always be visible around the portholes, so I decided to paint it know while it was still easy to handle.

In the late evening two friends came. One of them is a good welder, so he could help me sorting out the crane and place it on the back. After two hours of hard work, the crane is in position and working. It is solid, but no enough for a lifeboat yet. I’ll try finishing the welding tomorrow.

Watergeus – Threatening the wood

16th April 2008 – I have mainly been thinking on how to create inspection hatches for the hold and to find a solution for the portholes.

In the evening I protected the wood against rotting and wood worms, a job that took me much longer then I expected. I had to do it know since Saturday we will put the insulation and the wood against it.

Watergeus – Broken porthole

14th April 2008 – While bolting a porthole the cast iron around broke in several parts. I repaired it with filler, but I need to find another option for the future. Also another porthole was leaking. I couldn’t find where so I put some mastic around the whole porthole. Let’s hope it is solved.

The remaining side of the hold was put in line oil.

Watergeus – A finished floor!

13th April 2008 – I can now honestly say the floor is finished. A third layer has been put, so I believe it will be solid enough for he next couple of years. After a first layer of wood and multiplex, a second layer with wood and insulation, the last layer is again multiplex. On top of the multiplex, I’ll add a decent floor in the future.

Furthermore the original shipping floor in Azobe wood that is saved was put back in the hold.

Watergeus – Cleaning the davit

7th April 2008 – When I got back from work I decided to continue working, first a bit of cleaning the crane. When it started raining I worked inside. The rest of the floor needs finishing, so I cut insulation and placed some more wood. It doesn’t look like much has changed, still I worked another six hours. The progress is slow, but the quality is good.

It is now exactly two years that I’m the proud owner (on paper) of the Watergeus.

Watergeus – A small davit for the stern

6th April 2008 – In the morning I cleaned my deck and a bit of the hold. Yesterday when the portholes were cut, a lot of things needed cleaning.

In the evening I bought a crane and it was loaded aboard. It needs cleaning and a lot of paint. Furthermore I need to change the current situation and weld some new supports to hold it. Since it was Sunday I decided to stop working early instead of graining and bashing with a hammer.

Watergeus – Working with a hangover

5th April 2008 – A hectic day today, not only did we continue with the wood and insulation, four new portholes were placed and I started working on another watertight compartment in my ship. There was a party last night, so all the noise and a heavy head didn’t made it exactly a good day. By the end of the evening, a lot of progress was made, but I had to go to another reception, this time of a nautical organization restoring old wooden ships.