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.