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 barge 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. Then 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.