Cruising, measurements and steel work

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.

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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.

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Todays track

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

Picture railing

 

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.

A lazy painting day

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)

 

 

Picture inside

How cute……that’s adorable

Friday July 28

it is playing a song, is what I heard Deb say when the laundry was finished.  yes we did a load of laundry, and one thing VERY different…time….a load can take up to 4 hrs!    In Autumn we bought this Samsung washer/dryer, and have been using it sparingly.
We do have to move the Microwave from the washer/dryer when we use it, because when it spins it shakes more than …( Ill come up with the right word later)

I suggested to put up a clothes line from the new mast to the pilot house, and letting it sun/air dry, but Deb still very much American preferred to dry it on the drying rack inside the boat.

Quite windy today, but the sun keeps peeking out from behind the clouds, so a nice day to do some small maintenance, like finishing up the dimmers for the led strips along the bed and closets.

The weather was pretty Dutch……some clouds, then sun, then 18 drops of rain, then cloud, wind sun 12 drops of rain etc etc etc

I installed the 220V isolated cord through the mast, so we can finish it with the motion detector flood light for the bow.

Then it was time to go to the movies….We got our tickets and before we got our snack I had to visit the toilet, and yes there were special Urinals…..

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….look…you see a flag in it, so guys , being guys will aim for that .

This ‘rage’ all started in the early 70’s in the concert building in Maastricht, a janitor saw that one of the urinals has less ‘spillage’ so upon inspection he saw a fly was in the pot. He went to the local factory and they made a line of Urinals now with all kinds of design , quite a few bars have them with their own logo in it.

 

 

So back to the snacks….Dutch people do likel their coffee..so there is even a special Starbucks stand in the hall for the one who need it.

 

.yes we got 2 Grolsch 1/2 liters and a nice bag of Popcorn, for E 10.35 ( $11).  Nice prices, unlike in the states.  Plus it is fun sipping beer during a movie.

 

 

June

Ok so Marius was going to spend Pinksteren on Jan-Kees.  Even though Marius helped a lot the last upgrade trip in April/May I still made a new ‘start-up’ list ( from Marius and for Lam) on Thursday June 1st.  I was barely done emailing this list to Marius, and my phone rang with Marius . “We are here in this luxurious boat, what do I need to do” .  Quickly I gave a run down…Flip the battery switches, plug the hot water heater in,  open the front hatch, fill the water tank, put the fuse back in the water pump line, let the water run” .   I also had to tell again where the fuse was located.      About 15 minutes later……A Grolsch ringtone…Marius again…”The water is not not running, and the head pump is not running either” .    ….”Ok    we know there is shore power, because the lights work, so grab a volt meter, from under the sofa and check if the batteries are 12 V” .     ” Yes they are” .   …..”Ok .  follow the lines from the battery…there should be a red and black line going to one of the 5 plastic conduits on the port side” .dc1      ”  mmmm you mean these rolled up lines?”

 

Now lets look tot he battery…How many connections on each pole ?   OH only Odc2NE…..so from the alternator.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So Ron who was installing  the Kabola unit, must have removed the lines, because they were in the way.  As soon as they were attached, all pumps were running.

See now 2 connections on each pole of the battery.  The alternator and  to the DC circuit.

 

As “work” Marius measured the height of the sink drain, This decides if we need a grey water tanks pump for the sink, or a straight hull through, like we have at the washing machine.  Luckily the bottom of the sink is also 60 cm of the floor, like the washer through hull, so we can safely make a straight hull through, which we might also use temporarily for the shower pump.

Once we have enough time we will buy a whale gulley IC, which is basically a drain mount  with the electronics and the pump a bit removed from it, to pump it out directly.  Probably best with a douche tray.  Marius measured the size and it was 76 X 96 cm wall to beam on the wall of the boat.  If we use the bam as bottom we have 86 X 96 cm, which will be a good size for a standard shower pan.

 

Pic gulley IC .    SG 8484

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Layout

We have 3- 3.40 meter width, and 18.30 meter length.  the previous owner already installed a kitchen area and right across of it on port side the head and shower.  (the barg is 3m wide at the floor level and 3.40 M wide at the waist level, see more at the Sofa)

A bed has to be 2 meter long and at least 160 wide.  Since he front entrance is on the port side, and about 90 cm wide, we would be left with barely 40 cm to the starbord side.  This is not enough for a person to comfortably stand up and walk.  So the decision was made to put the bed sideways, where there would be a 100 cm walking area at the foot of the bed towards the front steps.

In order to have as much storage space, we decided to put the beds on top of Ikea kitchen cabinets.  The wall units are 40 cm high (nearly 16 inches).  we opted for 2 Ikea slat bottoms (Electrical adjustable) of 200 * 80cm  thus making a ‘2 person’ bed of 200 * 160.
This makes the height of he bed a bit over 50 cm.  Perfect for sitting on the bed and getting up.

A first we had the bed poisitioned 40 cm from the front (bow) wall, but that was quite inconvenient, since the steps came out to 80 cm.    So on the next trip we wil move the beds 40+ cm more to the inside , and adjusting the steps a little, so there is some space to walk past.

On each side of the bed we have two 80 cm and one 40 cm Ikea wall cabinet, In the front we have another  80  cm cabinet.  In each of the cabinets we have 2 drawers.

For he ‘dividing wall’  we have also two 80 cm and one 40 cm cabinet, with drawers and on top we have  60 cm high cabinets with doors, making the height 100 cm.  on top of that we placed a Lundia open book shelve system, so there is openness and yes we can close it off (with a curtain or so ).

 

 

A sofa

What is always lacking in a boat……..storage….so instead of buying a sofa, or a sleeper sofa we decide to build one ourself.  Wide enough to have 2 sleeping places, roomy enough to store a lot of stuff.  The commercial ones available are never as optimal as we could do it ourself.

Initially we were thinking of making it a 2 person bed, 200 X 200 cm, just like they have in campers and boats where in the dining area, the table drops down. Being L shaped it just became too too much of a hassle.

A few points…
Being a tad older, the sofa should be at a height that is easy to sit down or stand up.
The sofa will be against the ‘bedroom divider’ and one wall.
The bedroom divider is 100 cm high (above that we have to ‘open’ divider’)
There has to be space of some heating otherwise there is NO heating on that side of boat, most likely it will be a hidden radiator in the back and a fan heat exchanger on the floor inside one side.
The boat is 300 cm from side to side on the floor, but  320 cm at 92 cm high,
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So here is a drawing of the sofa.
(data in cm )

Later we wil make a sheet with the location and contents

 

 

A picture of it finished without cushions

there is a 10 cm space beween the wall and the sofa, so we can mount a radiator behind it for heat

 

 

 

With some pretend cushions here.

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 Here is the side profile with the wooden strip at 98 cm high
Heigth/dept measurements by Marius. So pretty flat, just like the outside.

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Now as for some fun, and accent lighting we can place LED strips ( 50 cm 5050 LED with milk white cover) on the bottom of the sofa, which can also act as night light.  We will do the same at the drawer/closets next to the bed.  On Ebay we found some built in LED dimmers (24V).

 

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1st May 21017
So the pillows came in and they fitted well, but it looks like the height size is without filling. We can deal with it later to add a colored stripe on it or so

Here are Wilma and Timmy.
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