Restoration (2019-…)


From 2015 to 2019, I put a lot of efforts inside, to make her cozy, to renew everything and rebuild some rooms from scratch (the shower room and the two cabins).

Now, it is time to improve her external look. As the Schavuit is an historical ship, the rule (if there are rules) is to maintain her external look as close as possible from her original state. For example, when she was built, she had a wooden roef. It is not realistic to destroy the steel roef (built around 1900/1910) to replace it by a wooden one ! But there are some other things to do to move the ship some years in the time dimension back to her past.

Removing the gas compartment

Removing the entrance of the engine room
So the front wall of the roof will be clear of anything with the two round portholes clearly visible. However, the chimney(s) will remain the the view (during the summer, they can be removed).

Hiding the oval portholes

They are hugly, not well cut and the rust is attacking the ship as the external plastic screen is not well pasted to the structure. Only round portholes will be maintain (6 on each side of the ship).

Roef : re-installing shutters

Roef : removing the window at the left side of the door

Roef : reducing the size of the windows
The roef was modified in the 1970-80 to allow a maximum of natural light inside. But too much is maybe too much. Another compromise between light and respect of the old times can probably be found.

Installing wooden hatches

Many of flat bottom ships are covered with a rubber tarpaulin, which is the easiest way to get it watertight and insulated.

In the past, it was simple wooden hatches which can be removed to open the hold for transportation.

Recently, I covered the Schavuit roof with a modern layer of waterproof EPDM. Now, the restoration objective is to add an esthetic wooden layer to mimic the ancient hatches (on top of the EPDM and the windows). It will be a compromise between modern material, look and too time consuming and complicated original old design.

During special events, they will cover the large roof windows. So the external look of the hold will be really blind as it was when the ship was used for transportation.

Installing the “roerclik”