Tuesday July 25
So we decided that we needed more life preservers, since we were expecting Wilma and Timmy and a school load of his friends. Timmy wanted to show off, who can blame a teenager, that he had friends with a big boat, or any boat actually.
We drove off to the second hand boat place in Vinkeveen and were quickly frelled up by a NO go sign. The A10 was being worked on till Sunday August 13. So no biggy for our departure date, but of course Homer our trusty voice on the TomTom kept directing us the wrong way, with “make a U-turn” . or ” go right on the round about 3rddddd exittt”
When we finally got onto the road to Utrecht, he was able to guide us there. We got 2 more life preservers and a throwing horseshoe shaped floater, some grease for the gland (totally illegal in the USA, but so much cleaner bilge). I also was able to find 2 led 24 V bulbs for the navigation side lights and we grabbed a pole to use with mooring lines). Cost E 95.90
Since we were close to Vinkeveen, I decided that we should grab coffee and watch some of the boats on the water.
When we took the Vinkeveen exit, the sign read “pannekoeken” so yes we were ready, even though it was only 11:15. When we walked up, it seemed closed/deserted. and yes they don’t open till 12:00, but the door was open. So we were able to get coffee, with a chocolate chip cookie. The waitress forgot the magnifying glass. The cookie fit in the one open filling I have !!
By the time we finished that it still too early for service, so off we went to IKEA.
At Ikea I needed some food, but Deb was not that hungry. I got the entrecote, and deb got tomato soup and a panini. We went to Ikea to get a step stool to climb the boat, because of the batteries and the new fuel tank the bow has come out of the water a few cm’s. We also looked for bungee cords, to mount the Horse shoe floater on the railing, but no success.
After Ikea Deb put on her ‘honey-do’ voice and got me to drive her to one of the thrift stores in Zaandam . ” then you can go to McDonalds and download the movies you wanted” . ( since we only have 20 GB cell data, we have to watch what we do, compared to home) . Well McDonalds wifi was slower than frozen molasses, jumped in the car and drove to the boat to start working drilling a hole in the metal under the pilot house top, so I could mount a 220V outlet on the port top corner, and run the conduit from there to the top starboard corner. Halfway through the hole Deb was done with the first Thrift store, and texted me. Unfortunately the traffic lights had a long wait, so by the time I got there . I saw a new text,”started walking to the boat” . a few text later and she was on her way back. yes the Dutch geography of shopping centers is dictated by canals, not logic. We drove to the next Thrifts store and I just went to the little snackbar, run by the Chinese guy who described us last year as the foreigners. I reminded him I was “ham Sap Lo” and needed a beer and a Kroket. Deb’s treasures today, a summer beachy ice cube form, a blue plate and a little more plastic wares
Once Deb was done it was back to the boat and drilling the conduit hole and the outlet hole.
Because the venus control unit was not showing the inverter, I tested the CCGX and it showed the inverter, so some emails back and forth and now they want to send a new unit. I told them to wait and see if there were others things I could do to check.
I also filled the grease pot, which was delightfully messy and greasy, but we should be good for a few hundred km’s, plus I vacuumed the bilge and the little leak we made in April was popping in some drops of water, so I grabbed some liquid metal and pressed it in lets see how ling it will hold, just need to make sure the bilge pump wil be installed this time. Now time for coffee and eierkoek . ( egg cake)