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2006-02-03 ~ 04: Painting the ship


The first thing you do when buying an abandoned bad looking s hipis showing the environment new people have arrived. Andy decided to paint the boat, so I helped him. We had in mind using the colours of a nice Luxe Motor moored in London. Dark colors to make her look smaller.

21 files, last one added on Dec 25, 2008

2006-05-04: Measurment of the ship by the Belgian Government


Today, two employees of he Belgian Government came to measure my boat, so I could register it again as a Belgian boat. The whole operation took three hours. It was a kind of a joke, they re measured the boat three times and had three different dimensions.

After they measured the boat, the new BR-number was bashed into the hull on four locations, twice on the side, one on the bow and one on the back.

A month later I received my paperwork. According to the paperwork, their was no history available of the boat, neither did I have rudders... I send back the papers and a few weeks later I received the correct paperwork.

6 files, last one added on Nov 04, 2008

2006-05-15: Sailing to the yard


On 15th May 2006, we sailed with the Watergeus to the yard. The full story can be read here

58 files, last one added on Nov 04, 2008

2006-05-16: Cleaning the hull and survey


43 files, last one added on Nov 04, 2008

2006-12-03: Den is finished


13 files, last one added on Jan 07, 2009

2006-12-12: Placing the crane


The crane was mounted on the port side, so it was directly suitable for my mooring in Bruges. Another reason for choosing this site is the location of the blue board. It wouldn't look right having everything on one site.

7 files, last one added on Nov 13, 2008

2006-12-29: Building the entrance to the hold


22 files, last one added on Nov 13, 2008

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