August 16 Stared the morning with the second coat of yellow on the back part of the deck, it looks smashing now. Yes I know I still have to do the edges, but we can… More
Friday August 11
Today was the birthday of Lindy, Lindy and her family stayed with us in Ohio the week before we left to Europe. Their last day, Sunday , they went to Vegas to start their camper trip through the west and we went to Schiphol to go to the boat.
Being up early I decided to text Lindy a happy birthday and to my surprise she reacted, while normally on a non school day, she would never wake up before lunch time. Asking what she wanted for her birthday she replied Euro’s for the art supplies. OK…But I also know she likes chocolate, so I got on shore, jumped on the bike and pedaled to Jamin to buy some chocolate coins.
Deb and I got ready after this to drive to the Michielsen’s in Waddinxveen. When I stepped in the little Fiat 500, I saw that the fuel gauge was on low, so first stop ….Gas station. pushed the nozzle in, pressed the handle and click , darn, move the nozzle, darn sensitive nozzles……press the handle and again after a few drops click …so I kept doing this until I had about 4 liters in. At that point, 5 minutes later, I decide to give up and try another gas station. I walked in paid, got back in the car and told Deb about it, and she said yes next station. I stop at the exit, look to the dash and the gauge is 3/4 …. I shake my head and think what the frell…I look closer . and I see it is the temperature gauge, so I mistook the temperature gauge for the fuel gauge, and putzed around trying to fill up a full tank. I am needing to wear glasses more.
In Waddinxveen Linda was waiting for us to cut her Chocolate cake, which seems a bit of a problem 🙂
Friday August 4
During the day the solar panel reached a new record…
As you can see from the Victron Venus readout we are getting 823 Watts ..free sun energy !!!!!
Late afternoon Astrid and Marjan came for tea and dinner, which was lovely. One point which was brought up was the egg scare in Holland. We found out that each egg had their unique code, showing what kind of egg is, and which company it comes from
1 means free range chickens
0 . 1 2 3
here is the article on egg codes in europe
Thursday August 10
Waking up on the boat we see the relaxed scene, and you smell the cacao transports
Currently the sink runs the drain to a hull through, which is connected with a T and also serves the shower. Problem here is the top of the hull through is higher than the sink so draining is slow, plus when the shower pump works,
part of the shower water goes into the sink. In the past I have estimated that we could just drain the sink directly overboard with a hull through, and had Marius confirm it. So after also Daniel measured it, I was confident to dril a pilot hole into the side of the boat, once the pilot hole was through, I climbed on the side and saw that the hole was about 3 inches above water. Perfect thus. Grabbed the bigger hole saw and started drilling, until bang the drill flew out of my hand, one of the teeth of the drill was bent and had grabbed. so the guiding dril bit was bent.
So after replacing it, I started drilling even more careful, squirting enough WD40 to keep it lubricated, and got through. Together with Daniel we got the hull through in and I attached the hose to the sink and it drained perfectly. Only thing to do now , is to cap of the T for the shower drain.
Daniel worked some more on the diesel tank, we got the airvent in and the second wall through to the engine room.
We also got the hull through opened for the engine room bilge pump, there was a watering hose, together with duct tape and something glued to the outside, it took some work, but we managed to clear it, and now I was able to slide the nice reinforced hose with the whale bilge pump on.
In the same area we saw that the steering cable track was loose, so we bolted it back in place and the steering cable was laying on top now, protected…but wait for it……more about that later after the our goodbye’s from Oving1. We casted off, and made the turn, and bam very hard steering and hardly any movement in the wheel. I was able to coax back Jan-Kees to Oving1 while at the same time calling Daniel. We again attached to Oving1, and played with the steering wheel and all seemed to work. We added more lines to the bollards and pressed with the throttle. We went in the back and . the cable was laying on top af the guide, and getting in between the guide and the exhaust. We followed the cable and saw that the exhaust was attached to the track with a tie-wrap, which prevented the cable to rest in the guide and be protected. Once we cut the tie wrap, the cable snapped in place and ran smooth as a babies butt. We did our second set of goodbye’s and went on our way back to Dukra.
Deb ws at the wheel and life was PERFECT, we grabbed a glass of wine and a Hertog Jan and some Borrelnootjes. Bridges were going smooth, and there was the Prins Willem Alexander Bridge. We have ben under that one before, but I made the mistake of not paying attention and directed Deb to the normal’ starboard side. (coming from the north we had to go to the port side of the bridge. The side I was directing Deb to was slanted, so I pointed to the most left side of the bridge opening. Deb being more careful than I am approached very slowly and I walked to the front to measure the distance, and it was TOO low, Deb quickly did a full reverse, and manage to correct my direction mistake by getting away with only a small scratch on the aluminum profile of the solar panels. But it did put her in a very down mood. She took it way more badly than I did. Besides we do have insurance for these kind of things!. I took over the wheel and we had to do some maneuvering to get out of there.
Here you see the track of when we kissed the bridge
Here is the full track of the day
The rest of the trip was uneventful and the mooring at Dukra went smooth.
Later we met up with Coen from Oersjoch and went to the pancake house at the lock. We had a Mexican Pancake and a Boemerang.
Wednesday August 9.
An early morning rise and we went of to Wormer, so we could tie up to ….yes you guessed it Oving1. Went out of the Marina, called Wilhelmina sluis and requested passage. Had to wait for a commercial. Deb always being more careful than I am, insisted I took over the wheel and she wanted to do the ropes. She was also a bit anxious to see such a large barge coming behind us. In France we always said LARGE first, small behind. This was because we were always dealing with ‘bumper boats’ . Bumper boats is a ‘loving’ name Bargees give to the glass fiber rental boats. People rent these boats for a week or more, are given the key and they are on their way. The are protected by an army of fenders strung around the boats, thus bumper boats. Now the large Dutch commercials, they can nearly make a 360 degree turn on a dollar coin.
The lock opened the first bridge, always fun to see the gates come down, traffic stop and the bridge go up. Some bridges have on their bottom advertisements, or a pictogram . showing 1 bareg is about 18 – 38 18 wheelers on the road. We were followed by Pia. Pia is 190 feet long and 22 wide. so a nice size. The lock master instructed us to tie up starboard side front. A slow approach and Deb expertly threw the rop over a smaller cleat. Secured the rope and by going forward slowly with the rudder to port, Jan-Kees inched its ass to the side. The we had to do the waiting game. Deb still felt anxious with Pia looming large over Jan-kees. When the locking was done..about 16 cm ( 6 inches), I inched forward to the exit and waited for the second bridge to open and left the lock
Then at the railroad bridge, I stopped the barge and we took measurements from the top of the railing and the pilot house to the bridge. The front was 60 cm, and the pilot house was 31 cm, so now we can place a stick 29 cm ( plus safety ) higher than the railing, and we know that is the minimum we have to clear. More about Jan’s screw up with math later, when Deb in a moment of being confused trusted Jan’s judgement with a bridge.
We had some lunch and continued.
Picture deb lunch and having to fight the tools and parts all over the boat…soon she will put the foot down and hide the tools.
At the Zaan brug we just arrived when it closed, so we were told to sit tight for 10 minutes. Which you can see on the track.
We cleared the Zaan brug went around the corner and saw Oving1 at starboard side, Daniel just arrived and assisted with the tie-ing up.
Then we had to start working. Cleaning the pipes for the front railing.
Daniel at work grinding and welding
Deb quickly applied a coat of Steel primer, which had Owatrol added. Owatrol is one of these products you will only find in Holland. it si a rust inhibitor you just add to any oil based paint. The good thing about the primer, it dries in minutes. Later I applied the yellow and red paint to the railing to get it up to color scheme. This railing will help with getting on and off and a good place to place the bikes
Here it is nearly correctly painted
After dinner, Daniel had a lot of scouting people come over to clean up Oving1. This coming Saturday he is taking 20 – 30 water scouts to their annual week summer camp.
Since Part of Oving1 looks like the yard of Sanford and Son it was very needed. some sawing, some welding, making extra sleeping places, loading 7 barrels of beer and 35 crates of Hertog Jan beer, should keep the scouts quite happy. The work continued till about midnight, I was deep asleep, but Deb was not able to get to sleep because of all the noise.
Sunday August 6
In order to get rid of all the tools and ‘building’ parts we cut some pieces of wood for the lower back, and asked Daniel for some of his larger plastic foldable storage bins.
We had some scrap wood left over, so I cut the 3 parts out of ti and Deb did the painting, first a coat of semi gloss wall paint on both sides and then a coat of high glos hard yacht paint. ( the next morning after some some rain I saw that there were some water drops on the center part. The rear window is leaking….like most windows !…this will be solved when we re-do the back part)
Monday August 7
A nice sunny day. I got off the boat around 9:15 and walked with the bike to Bentvelzen. The wood wholesaler just across the marina, to buy the wood for the shoe closet, next to the new front closets.
When I asked how much it would cost how what kind of beer it would take, one of the guys quickly walked to the back and asked what I needed. I explained the sizes and he looked to some left over wood, but none that would be able to cut properly to my sizes. So he grabbed a whole sheet ( 4 * 8 ) 122 * 244 CM , and quickly cut them to size. It was decided I needed to bring a case of Amstel beer. And al the wood was only E 12.50 ! So bribing with beer works, just like the rules of acquisition tell us
With a few screws I was able to quickly put the new shoe storage space together. It will go next to the bow Ikea cabinets, next to the stairs.
Saturday August 5
Today is gay pride on the water, always a blast. And like Deb says …”Dutch peopel seem to make a party of anything” . Daniel told us it would start around 1:30. Mint came to Jan-kees and we walked to the train station, used our ‘multi-pass” (Like in the movie the Vth element, but in Holland it is called OV kaart)
proud of scouting with the following slogan
One of the scout management had to be . Trump supporter I saw him wearing the MAGA slogan on his hat
Here are some more pictures of the parade.
Once the parade was finished we just sat for another hour to see all the boats zoom and zig-zag and slowly flow away. We then took the Orange electric sloop out of Amsterdam, and over the very busy Noordzee Kanaal to Zaanstad.
Deb in the sun in sloop
Lost of wind, rocking, fastening solar panels
Driving to scouting camp
pic happy to be (sc)out
pic Venus display 823 Watt out of 1000 W solar panels
Wednesday August 3
Today was our planned trip to “de Veght” a nice meandering curvy river, where in the golden age all the rich merchants had their weekend homes.
BUT Daniel informed us that there was going to be some very very heavy wind on Thursday, so he asked if it would be ok to take Jan-kees along Oving1 through Amsterdam to “nieuwe Meer” where the crane of Oving1 was needed to lift a generator on the scouting float for Saturday’s Gay parade on the water in Amsterdam. And then return with Jan-kees either via Amsterdam, or via Haarlem
So just after lunch Oving1 arrived, he had to time his trip according to the opening schedule of the railway bridges. Got Jan-kees out of the slip , and attached the ropes, and ….yes it always happens at such a moment Matthijs of Victron called to do some testing on the Venus, for a bug I found. So while handling ropes, and trying to talk on the phone and typing….VETport showed up, with a clinic being down. When it rains it pours.
So Matthijs had to be on hold for a little bit, and VETport was dealt with. All while we filled up both barges with Diesel. Daniel got a nice discount because of the scouting!
We made sandwiches onboard Jan-kees and brought them up to the large pilot house of Oving1, just before we entered the Noordzee Kanaal. Daniel reported himself on CH 4 to Amsterdam haven, the ‘traffic control’ for that very very busy canal. Then in Amsterdam we turned South into the “Oude Hout Haven ” ( Old wood harbor). Since we were still tied up 3 wide, we looked at the ANWB app on the Ipad and saw that the first 4 bridges were over 11 wide. Wide enough for Jan-kees tie to Oving1, but the orange sloop had to be loose.
Here you see Oving1, with ‘little’ Jan-Kees on the left side
Mint and I jumped in the sloop and brought it to the Markthallen, where we tie it up and connected it to the FREE electric charge station. Yes electric boats get FREE propulsion on many places in The Netherlands.
We walked back to to crossing of the ‘tweede kostverloren straat’ . (the second ” I lost my food/ money street’) and Markt hallen to jump aboard again. At that moment we had to untie Jan-kees from Oving1, since it would be easier.
The next bridges were all around 2.45 – 2.50 meters high , so we had to wait until they opened, which would take anywhere from…no wait at all, to 15 minutes. It ook some maneuvering with a bit of wind. At the end of the “2e Kostverloren straat” we had to wait for the lock. Once it opened there was not enough space for jan-kees to get in there with Oving1 and all the other boats. So a ‘dance’ was started of reversing, turning, forward etc, since it could not take that long, well WRONG we were . So after about 15 minutes ‘dancing around’ we just moored at a bollard. In the mean time about 8 little boats were also waiting, so you know what is going to happen when the lock opens…….yes . RUSH, as fast as you can ..all the boats, not bothered by traffic rules or common sense rules dashed in like a pack of hungry wolves on a meat wagon. One dipwat ran past Jan-kees on Starboard and immediately in front of the bow turned to port.
We got out, saw Oving1 and tied up.
We strolled around at the scouting camp and saw the float they are working on. Loved their slogan
Because it was late we could not do the route we wanted to do …ringvaart, Haarlem and then back to Zaandam.
Around 5:15 we had to wait, since bridges were not opening during rush hour, so I made some noodles and some Indian. While we were moored a for Dutch points was overdressed for a work day and he complimented us on the name “Jan-kees’ . Deb engaged in a bit of discussion about being ‘refugees from America’, and Daniel and Mint looked at me and rolled their eyes, not because of Deb’s remark, but because they knew what was going to follow………”yes I understand you want to escape Trump, but don’t you find comfort in the Lord”. Yes you guessed it, a Jehova’s witness on a recruiting tour. Luckily Deb invoking the “flying spaghetti monster religion” and saved the day.
Dinner onboard, in the middle of Amsterdam on a canal
At 18:00 the bridges were opening again, but we had to follow a German in a ‘yacht’, Grandpa onboard kept warning his son who was steering their boat, about the impending danger of the old Dutch barge looming close behind him.
Deb took the wheel, while Daniel watched and suggested tips.
Here is DEB steering
Here Deb is passing a big freighter in Amsterdam
Here is a collection of pictures along the route
We also past the Jacob Cats kade , where they had a picture of that famous Dutch painter
I went and enjoyed my coffee on the front of the boat, got a nice wave from some Turkish woman having some snacks on a bench along the canal and saw Amsterdam pass by gently.
A great day.
Saturday July 29
“Oh hear the wind blow through the trees” . the beginning of a St Nicholas song, and correct at that December time. That song popped up when I woke up….blimey the flags on the mast were enduring quite hard winds, Yes there was rain too, quite a lot. more than the normal 19 drop Dutch rain during the day. It was only 6:30 am, around 9 am it got sunny and nice.
When Deb woke up, she wanted to take a shower, which she would enjoy..since we have UNLIMITED hot water …but her shower only lasted a minute or so…. “what happened?” ..”it is cold ” Her reply was. Bloody hell again troubles with the Kabola. So even though one never calls a supplier on a Saturday I did call Ron and explained it to him and asked for him to come by during the week.
I went into the roof to clean up the wiring on the battery/ inverter system and pull a few more wires for the bilge, when I heard Deb say ” Visitors” and it was Ron and Jochem, on their bikes. Ron went into the engine room, and concluded it was something to do with the circulation pump and air in the system. Jochem asked me if I had a ‘ontluchtings sleutel’ . ( a key to let air out of the hot water heating system )
I replied “well you know the installer ( Ron) told me earlier this week that he would bring one by the barge, but he has forgotten me ” To which Ron answered ” see you can never trust these installers”
Once they left I had to dash to Hornbach and Klaas Mulder to get some parts. I had dropped a little screw from the Battery monitoring shunt and I needed extra plumbing for the water tank, so I could install the new pump, and have an easy way to blow the pipes with air to winterize.
At Hornbach, I found the screw, but the plumbing department was like Home Dumpo or Lowes . ” I don’t know, why don’t you use our quickfit system and this is not my department” . So I was rather peeved when I went to the checkout. Presented my 76 cents of screws and when I pulled out a Europe, the teller pointed to my plastic bag with the parts I took along to see how to fit them . “what about these?” “Uhmmm these are mine whom I took to see for fitting!” ” Well I think they are Hornbachs” . “Uhmm NO you dont have these items” . ” Sir we have 30,000 items so we definately have them” ” wel i took them in myself” . “well next time anything you bring in you need to show so they can write you a ticket” . “what????? so I need to show my underwear? what about my key ring, I KNOW you sell them here too” . OH I really nearly broke loose in a rant. I just walked out, and hope Praxis across the street would be a better place. FAT chance……their assortment is even smaller and asking if anybody can help in the plumbing department is being answered ” I only work here not in plumbing and nobody can help you”
So back in the boat I had to take a beer and relax.