Ajax with Front seats

No we did not go to a soccer match with Ajax, but a few years ago I ran across an article where they offered the seats from the Old Ajax stadium. Since our friend Remy is a Ajax supporter, to great dismay of the 2 sons ( who support Feyenoord) I thought it might be a fun Birthday gift for him, so I purchased 2. Unfortunately he had no place for them anywhere, so they stayed with me, waiting for a perfect time to come out of hiding. Since the front and back were re-done last year, it seemed like a good place to utilize them there. Using them on the back, would make it too crowded, so I opted for a fold up table there. So they were promoted to the front of the barge.

The first thing was to find a welder who was an Ajax fan, to weld 2 steel strips to the bottom, so they could be mounted on the fold down hinges. A non Ajax fan might have ‘by accident’ got the plastic to melt.

In order to mount them we had to remove the top of the storage wall, so we could drill holes, to mount these seats

One these holes were drilled, the hinges could be attached, and we had to test one to make sure they were not too low, since the deck slopes up where the feet are. Had to get an extension for the screw driver, because it was impossible to get between the hinge to fasten the bolt with the allen facing.

And here is the certificate, showing that after 21 years in the Ajax soccer stadium these two now have been given a second life on Jan-Kees

Why did we go to Europe in the summer? What car is that ?

Well….because it is not as hot and humid as in Cincinnati.
Whomever said so needs to be keel hauled, whipped, accused of being fake news.
Yesterday and today it was hotter than in Cincinnati. 86F in Cincy and 93F (33C) in Zaandam with an expected 99F (37C) in Arcen where Marius lives.

So after waking up, we made the already hot trek to Action, looking for an inflatable kid pool. We found one at €3.50 and a shelf closer to the checkout a little bigger one, who just would fit on the back deck for €6.45.

At the barge I had to clear the back decl of my painting stuff, I started painting the fold up shelf I got yesterday from the local welder, and use the battery operated blower to blow up the sides. Connected both hoses and turned the cold water feed on….and as kids happy with our toy we dropped our feet in, to exclamations of joy joy joy

And yes I did let my R/C controlled alligator head out for a swim in it 🙂

In the afternoon Max and Aafi came by to pick me up. Max bought a 2nd car, but it had to be picked up in Friesland, and since max has no drivers license, he ‘volunteered’ grandpa, as he calls me.
When they picked me up the were waiting with the hood of the Chevy Monza opened. Max had repainted the whole care in mat black, used in chimneys. With a nice phoenix painted on the hood. Seems the 93F was too much for the little car to keep the cooling at the normal temperature. While driving to the highway, windows wide ope, the engine temperature got even warmer, hovering around 200F. I suggested to turn on the defrost, to take some heat away. Both looked a bit funny, but did it and saw the temperature gauge crawl lower.
So there we drove for a tad over 1 1/2 hr, with the defrost on high, since-ing the hairs of my legs. See now why chef’s never have to shave their legs!

After some searching around close to Urk, Max finally relented and called the seller to ask for directions. Max, with his typical Italian flair had been yelling to look for number 11, which we saw nowhere. (Max’s verion…..We could not find number 11 because watt and half watt, Aafi and me, in the front took the wrong road ;). But yeah i was to stubborn to calling the guy. First look for it yourself .and we spaghetti munsers are good in yelling 🙂 ).
A bumpy potholed gravel road led to the sellers garage. More like a ride to…OK we are ending up surrounded by Russian mobsters at the end fo the road, who will sell our organs right there to the highest bidder. Well it was kinda scary, since after meeting the seller it came to attention that he was a tin foil hat person. Covid-19 is a ploy to allow governments to track us and inject a tracer. Luckily I was able to keep my mouth sealed

When Max saw his future car, he got excited like a 5 year old, with daddies Amex card, in a candy store. there it was a nice red Ruska Regina. Ruska built a series of cars based on a VW Buggy frame. The Ruska Regina is like a facsimile of a Morgan. It was especially fun for max, because these were built 4 houses away from where he used to live in Amsterdam.

I was going to drive the Regina back to their barge. After transferring the title we set off, and then not even 100 feet later the Chevy Nova got a flat. There was NO spare, so the ANWB ( AAA for the Americans ) was called, and in typical Italian fashion Max was yelling and cursing the whole time when navigating the press this and that button menu. When he got through, we learned it would take 40 minutes before help would arrive. Because the Regina is based on a VW frame, and the engine has a ton of hours, the best speed was 60 – 80 Km/hr ( 35-50 mph). It is a great sunny weather touring car, but not perfect for a 1 1/2 hr trek along the afsluitdijk. (Which was built to keep the water from Mexico out, according to Greg Shapiro in his “America First, The Netherlands second video“)
So here I am ready to set off, all dapper with my hat, which was quickly tossed to the floor so it would not blow out.

The car drove like a charm, but it was clear it is a ‘fun’ car, slow speeds so your stuff does not fly out. Quite hard to get into when you are over 6 ft. The radio and tach were in the dash, but no wires to it. Quite fun to be waved at by many other drivers, tumbs up a lot, seeing a British BMW speed by you, then braking slowing down until next to me again, shouting “great car” and speeding off again. I have to borrow it one afternoon to take Deb to the beach.

The sun is peeking and the Senseo is hissing and “fugget about it”

Yes it was 06:00 in the morning, the sun is peeking just over the horizon, there is barely any wind, and the Senseo is hissing. The handy invention of Philips, which after making an entry in the US market got dis[laced by Kurig and Nespresso. Beging Rave …..Philips has made some remarkable inventions, like theCD/ DVD, Betamax etc but they really really lack in consumer marketing….end rave….
The Senseo1 is a great machine to pop in a single serve coffee pod, and get not boiling hot coffee.

The Senseo running on the batteries, using 1500 watts when the sun is barely energizing us.
Enjoing a wake up drink in the shade

The Victron Venus, showing us the state of our energy. Since last night we used 5% of our energy, and the sun just started to recharge us. we have 1040 Watt of solar panels, which during the day gives us up to 870 watt of solar to recharge the batteries. NO we do NOT use shore power. Daniel has programmed our new inverters to only grab shore power if we go below 80% of charge. We are usually back to 100% charge around noon, we also run the washer dryer, vacuum cleaner and power tools on it. During our 2 week quarantine, we have had the SOC ( State of Charge) go down to 89% once, but we did had a lot of overcast and rain.

Because of the nice weather we needed to get our feet wet, so the beach was the decision. Had to first fill the car. Kinda funny, in the USA you pre-pay for your gas or you have to insert a credit card, before you can start filling up your car. You usually also see some signs that if you dare to drive away w/o paying they will take your license etc. This at a price of about $2/ Gallon ( or about 0.45 Euro/ liter).
Now in The Netherlands you drive up, fill up, then go inside to pay, this at a price of around 1.50 Euro/liter. A tad over 3 times the price in the US. Wonder now why there are no gas guzzling ‘yank tanks’ driving around in Europe ?

So after filling up, on our way to Wijk bij Zee, a leisurely drive along the Noordzee kanaal. But then….lots of cars slowly moving. We see the large grass field being used as an overflow parking lot, but by some miracle we could get to the real parking lot, to see it is packed, full, and a few cars slowly driving around like sharks in the water looking for prey. After driving around we give up and decide to go north to Egmond aan Zee, driving through the villages, we see a few back roads leading to the beach, but are being met each time with a traffic jam. Finally in Egmond aan Zee we end up….behind another traffic jam. Trying a back road we end up on the square there seeing an even bigger jam with delivery trucks for the local restaurants. In the mean time the temperature was steadily rising, forcing us to turn on the A/C and giving up on the beach. Later that day the did closed the roads to the beach off, to keep congestion and crowding at bay.

While driving to find a lunch place, Deb realized I had taken her to Uitgeest. After some driving around we found a parking place and stopped at Bistro Het Stokpaardje . The place we have been many times with Daniel, when he had Oving 1 parked there under the bridge. Deb remarked that they do great fun stuff with Tuna Sandwiches, I had a broodje Kroket.

back deck

The original “roef” was just not working out for us, it was awkward to get to the back, making it higher as a 2nd bedroom would have been a ton of work, plus trying to keep the diesel smell out of it, and keeping the steering cable and inverters easy accessible, so we decided to remove and lower it, make a walkout back and a seating.

Nearly Finished

Here is a picture from the back, when the welding was done, now finish seating and painting and adding lighting

Now that some painting is done, we needed to glue some wood strips to the back of the seat build up, so we have support for the 4 seat slats. First I wanted to make them from these recycled decking, but since this was the first time and considering the cost, I opted for some standard treated wood. Each piece I started with the center slat and lined it up with the center of the circle.

Then we added the pillows. Before we went on this trip, we looked int he internet for a company who could make these pillows, found one close by, but looking to the samples, Deb wanted something more fun. Luckily Sunbrella is made in the USA, so Deb found some great design, calling back to Naaldwijk, we found out they have to order and import it. So thanks to Amazon, it arrived 2 days later, and nestled itself in my suitcase, occupying 1/2 of the volume.
Once the seats were finally done, I called the company to give them the final measurements, helas, it would take 4 weeks now, because of the holiday, meaning….it wont be ready when Deb came back from Austria. Quickly called around locally and found a person who could make them in time. The cost was about 450 Euro higher, but it was pure quality. He even made sure the way the pillows would be attached to the railing matched perfectly.

Then we added the pillows. Before we went on this trip, we looked int he internet for a company who could make these pillows, found one close by, but looking to the samples, Deb wanted something more fun. Luckily Sunbrella is made in the USA, so Deb found some great design, calling back to Naaldwijk, we found out they have to order and import it. So thanks to Amazon, it arrived 2 days later, and nestled itself in my suitcase, occupying 1/2 of the volume.
Once the seats were finally done, I called the company to give them the final measurements, helas, it would take 4 weeks now, because of the holiday, meaning….it wont be ready when Deb came back from Austria. Quickly called around locally and found a person who could make them in time. The cost was about 450 Euro higher, but it was pure quality. He even made sure the way the pillows would be attached to the railing matched perfectly

Shower …..upgrade …..

The current shower is built from wood, with thick layers of Poly-Urethane over it.  The floor is sloping draining the shower water in a trough which directs the water to a tank with a pump, then toward the kitchen area where it goes overboard.
The tank in the middle of the floor is only 11 cm high, so any other commercially available tank is too high for that space.  At the same time ti is more logic to evacuate the water on the shower side, than to direct all the way to the other side.  So this is going to happen.   I got a Whale shower pump, with the 2 point collection sump, this sump can collect the shower and the sink in the head. and because the sump has the sensor, the pump can be mounted high and dry away.  At first we explored the possibility of making a glass fiber shower base, with a decent edge, so the floor could be fairly level.  Now the wood floor has a decent grade.  And we would keep the wood side. So many hours of google was spend abusing our eyes and asking others how to best solve this.   Marc cam up with a tub drain, since they flow out immediately with a 90 degree angle, keeping the floor as low as possible.  We looked to tiling the sides….too much work.

Then we found  douchemeister and found a few fun options ( barging should be fun) and finally decided why not do both sides.  So here are our 3 options.

Then for a shower base we found dammekunstoffen.nl

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

 

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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.

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…..

cinema_urinal

….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 beam as bottom we have 86 X 96 cm, which will be a good size for a standard shower pan.

Add. April 2018.  Having spend a lot of time trying to find a decent fitting shower pan, it seems a tad too much money and adjustments, size wise, that it just is easier to make a pan of thin wood, and fiberglass it. We need to make a border all around, so that the water never will spill. The current height to the drain pan is 9 cm, so we have 10 + cm available from the current shower surface.  The Gulley drain is 62 mm so more than enough space.  The border should be 5 – 10 cm. at the front.  Need to measure this, because it is on a bit of a slope now.  This way we can mount the pan so that it is nearly level.   The border should be higher on the sides, so the walls can be mounted over it, to minimize leakage.   Probably easiest to make a frame of 2*2 slightly sloping to the center, covering it with thin wood and then kevlar fiberglass on top , making it water tight.

Pic gulley IC .    SG 8484

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