Stern – Heading back to Bruges

14th June 2021 – The biggest mistake I made was moving the Stern alongside Tordino. I just can’t have a safe access to the ship. A ship is made for cruising around, so I turned back to Bruges. It took us less then two hours to get back. I was lucky to pass under the last bridge. After me, it was over.  The bridge got stuck for a few hours…

The more I move around with the Stern the more I get use to her movements and how she handles the water. The only mistake I made is having no bollards near the wheelhouse to put a rope. I have to go to the back deck and this can, depending on certain locks become an issue.

A day in Antwerp

13th June 2021 – I went to see a little Dutch ship in Antwerp. It is a flat bottom sailing boat from around 7 meters. I like it a lot, but I’m not sure if it is worth the effort. It certainly looks traditional, but it hasn’t been maintained for years. I’m also worried about the logistic nightmare for bringing her over to Bruges, since I need to sail over the Schelde. The other issue is I’m still in negotiation about the sailing ship Baron…


Tordino – Hundreds of books

1st June 2021 – We drove to Baasrode to pick up around 20 boxes with books, some dating from 1830 until now. Hundreds of old books from marine life, boats, shipyards, etc… A nice addition to our own Library aboard!

Stern – First journey to Oudenburg

30th May 2021 – I made a first journey with the Stern as she is converted now. It was a challenge to me since I barely move my own ships, unless it is for a yard visit. I prefer converting boats instead of sailing them. I was in doubt whether I should keep the Stern or not. If the journey went fine, I would keep it as my own yacht. Since I made this promise to myself, I need to keep it.

So I will continue with the Stern. But how was the Journey? Well…

I left Bruges at 7:47 after I forgot to disconnect the shore power. The bridge was open since they were replacing some parts of the internal lifting system.  I was not sure about the height of the bridge so I lowered my mast. I’m glad I did since the bridge was not totally open.

The rest of the journey went fine, I arrived at 9:30 o’clock at Tordino. She is not very stable to navigate and from the moment you don’t pay attention, she goes her own way. I don’t thing she will handle bad weather nicely…

Stern – Preparations for a small trip

26th May 2021 – Before making any other changes, I want to know how the ship is steering with a new wheelhouse. The last trip was two minutes from her previous mooring to my ship. Sunday will be the day. One of the major issues will be the noise of the engine, but that is the least to worry about at this stage.

I cleaned the decks and made sure I now have a free deck to walk around. Last time, with the old wheelhouse I had to crawl on and off the boat to get to the front. I don’t want this to happen now.

Stern – Continuation on a nearly abandoned project

23rd May 2021 – The project of the Stern stopped where it becomes difficult to me. The electricity and plumbing needs to be done, the finishing touch of the interior, the sliding door and the problem with the sound insulation of the engine room.  I had a few acceptable excuses why I didn’t continue, but now the Baron project hasn’t gone through, I might as well just accept the challenge and finish why I bought the Stern for in the first place: to cruise.