No not DEMONS..daemons………are small processes running in the background of a computer, doing all kind of tasks, like the teenager mowing the grass, the mailman delivering your mail. Well there are some of these running… More
This was one of the wettest and coldest New years periods we have had in Holland for many years. 2 or 3 years ago, the Daffodils were blooming on Jan 3rd.
The boat weathered the first storm very well. The second one, which became a code Orange it survived also very well. Only ‘damage’ were the bike were moved by the wind, luckily they were securely attached to the railing, so they did not went into the water. (Unlike the lock keys with Lew dropped when he visited. Instead of using the designated keys with the floater, he used the emergency keys, and yes they went into the water, for a more peaceful and quiet life)
The second storm was quite violent, trucks blown of the road, roofs separating from buildings.
Ok so….and this is Christmas, the sound of cheerful Christmas music and lights is showing all over the boulevard here in Altea, close to Benidorm Spain. But off course your bank has to spoil the festive mood, “for your security”. So my Itunes account is linked to my American Bank Account (Huntington bank), because Itunes prefers American debit cards. Being in Spain and buying an episode on Itunes, ticked of some kind of alert and they block the card! Even though the days before I have bought a few episodes without problems. But on Christmas eve you get ‘card declined, …so a minor inconvenience. I can wait a month or so till I visit the US again, but this also means any updates from Apple are blocked, because the card is ‘not valid’, which is a real pain. You can not update apps, security updates etc.
I had to accept making a phone call to the US. Fine you call, get all the info they need ready, tax ID, phone number, last deposits etc etc. I wonder why they don’t ask for color of my underwear?
You call the 24-7 # and the voice prompt first directs you that you NEED to set up a secret pin for “YOUR’ protection, (a.k.a. reducing their liability) . spending a few minutes dealing with that leads you to ……for other questions please call back during business hours.
You call the non 800 # ( which is published for people OUTSIDE the USA, so they realize the world is bigger than the US) and after the series of verifications……”Oh it is a business account..let me connect you ” and when that answers ” for questions please call back during business hours.”
OK lets try it a second time, and when they started to ask all the security questions I blurt out. STOP..I am overseas and you blocked my card, I need you to correct this and NOT put me through to a number that says call back during business hours”. Now I get the security barrage. BUT I need to say the exact days I am abroad, which is silly. so after going back and forth I just say DEC 30 2018. And the final surprise is ….”Sir it wil take 30 – 45 minutes before this is active” . WOW they use post pigeons?
Gosh how much easier are ABN AMRO and RABO bank, they let you set your limits for your card ( the US bank says for your safety we limit it to $300, in case you loose the card, or you get robbed). With the Dutch banks, I can set a limit as high as I have . balance, I can set limits for Europe, or other continents. Why is the US banking industry behind ?
Have a great Christmas !!!
So besides a breaker panel, we also need some switches to turn things on and off. We are using Carling Series IV switches
We need the following ones….
- Engine Fans
- Nav Lights ( Running/Anchor)
- Search Light
- USB port
Every day use
- Battery Switch
- Bilge (test)
- Bilge (test)
- Fresh Water
- LED lights cabin
- Rear deck lights
- Apero Bell
- USB port
The head pump, pump out pump and the shower pump switches will be in the head itself, just as the switch for the motion light on the mast is next to the front steps.
Instead of routing out each switch opening it is easier to just buy a semi pre-made panel and mount it on the the wheel house console (newwiremarine.com)
I decided on 2 sets one for ‘every day use’, like pumps and lights , and the other for ‘cruising’, navigation lights, instruments, vhf , engine fans etc. So I found these panels with newwiremarine.
Now because we all like clean surfaces, Roy came up with the idea to make them ‘hidden’ so he drew a nice recessed way to mount them, and on top are two little lids with hinges, so only when you need to use the switches wil they be open/visible. I really liked his idea, but I also wanted these panels to be ‘laid in’ so they looked as if they were really part of the set up. Roy worried about not having the correct router, so I educated him him in how to handle a client in such a case…..subcontract that action, or charge enough to rent or buy the equipment. Which advise Roy followed and……
Roy made following
So all that was left is to mount it in the steering wheel panel and put a little hingeon it.. BUT WAIT…just like in the commercial………there is more. Roy came up with the idea that if the hinge opens, he might as well use the triangular space under the hinged panel to make a resting spot for an Ipad or Iphone, to be used with the Victron Venus, or Navigation
Here are the measurements. No the ‘stand’ is not done yet. Roy needs to take care of his study first!! But we have a few weeks to do this
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 not remove rust in the marina with a perago disk
After this we stared the clean-up….closing the propane tans vent, putting the bikes on the top deck, putting some hose over the railing so the paint would not get scratched by the bikes, and finally walking up the bikes and locking them
We put the piece of wood over the skylight and secured the tan canvas over it, making sure the glass can not be broken and it is water protected.
In the afternoon we went to the beach, again Wijk aan Zee ( suburb at see)
We stopped at the beach place on the right this time, and had bitterballen and a nice sandwich
After our latish ‘lunch’ we went for a stroll along and in the water, nice feeling your toes sink into the wet sand and the waves rhythmically crash on your ankles. The walk took us until the little beach cottage. We have to look to see to rent one next time.
And on the way back to the barge we see a familiar name Dennis a waiter at the Pacific Kitchen, looks likes he has a sandwich shop in Amsterdam now
Tuesday August 15
The day started by sanding down the rust sport, created by the little ‘kernel’ or rust removed by the perago disk who flew around and landed on the deck. They left a little rust spots sanded pilot house front deck. I should have wiped/ hosed the deck after I remove the rust …………After the sanding I applied a coat of primer which had Owatrol added to it. Owatrol converts rust and is a rust inhibitor. The primer was dry in 20 odd minutes.
2 Kabola technicians came to assist Ron with the hot air unit. The Temperature indicator showed an ambient temperature of 1C. These technicians, did discover that one thermocouple should have been mounted factory wise was not. So they needed a 7 mm drill and a pair of pliers, to make sure the drill would not go too far and puncture the heat exchanger. The next problem …the 1C measurement was caused because the plug was not in deep enough. And yes the heating worked smoothly and quietly. We discussed how to optimally control it, and it was decided that the wall controller would control the furnace on and off, and the blower would be set on automatic and the temperature. This way the fan will adjust its speed to the temperature of the outside thermocouple, and be very quiet.
Lindy and Roy coming, but are having delays with trains
Once Roy got into designing the frame for the switches, Lindy and I applied a coat of yellow on the top deck which I had just sanded and primed
While we Lindy and I were painting, Deb decided Lindy needs to make some art on the main hatch, which would be fun to look at, and on the hatch it can be ‘framed, and people will not really walk much over it.
Here you can see how Deb was trained by the swans. They would gently float up, see that the window was open and make noise, Deb then dutifully would grab the lets over bread, feed them, at first by just throwing small pieces out the window, and later by holding it in her hand and the swans just picking it out. Just like she did when were in France on Waterman
Roy and Lindy had to leave around 18:30, because of train troubles it would be a longer. Because it was still light we drove to Wijk aan Zee for a walk on the beach and some food. In this place you went in, ordered paid and they would bring it out. So I quickly ordered 2 fun beers, a portion Sateh and a portion bitterballen. I got my 2 beers and our number to be displayed on the table. The Sateh came out….and no sign of the bitterballen, the chef apologized and said they would come out very quickly now. We nibbled on the Sateh…and . 20 minutes later our beers were finished and still no bitterballen. I went inside and smilingly explained and after excuses of the manager I exchanged the number for the price of the bitterballen.
While walking to the car, we saw this Abri ( Shelter in French) which was a sea shell on its side made in 1993. Deb sat on the little bench and the sound was amazing, it really amplified the sea sounds
Monday August 14
“wake-up wake-up” . what ..I am dreaming so nice. it is 1 am and the water pump keeps cycling. Bloody hell, water running, well just turn the pump off, and we wil deal with it later. Naturally, getting back to sleep is hard, thoughts are running through my mind, like….the water line is ruptured..need to remove the wall panels, which could mean taking the radiators down, or moving the sofa. After breakfast I turn the pump on and we listen for water gushing. Deb hears it in the engine room, and yes, we find a hose clipped of the T made by the HVAC guy, I fasten it and we continue.
I go to the wood place, across the marine and order some wood. They come out and say ‘have a great day’ . Hmmmm so giving . case of beer each time we go to the boat, does have perks…….discounted and free wood.
Later that day our peace is are rudely interrupted by the local swans, demanding they need to be fed through the kitchen window. A daily task Deb gladly performs, and reminds her if the night on the etang at Rogney le Sept Ecluses, where she hand fed the swans.
Because the sink was draining slowly, it shared a bottom hull through with the shower, I made an additional hull through, just for the sink. It involves, drilling a small pilot hole, to make sure we are under the ‘stoot rand’ (bumper), then drilling the correct hole size. sticking a stick through it, stepping on the small stoor rand and pushing the outside part of the hull through over the stick in the hole. Without the stick being there, it would be very likely to have the brass piece fall in the water.
We went to the beach, had a walk and some food.
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 back into the sink until all is drained. 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 fuel line 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… there is more. We did our goodbye’s from Oving1. We casted off, and made the turn. 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 to protect it. 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 was 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 been 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 pancake.
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.