Just around the corner…..culture…

When going out for groceries, or a drink or to the Railway station, we walk over a pedestrian bridge and are always greeted by Monet’s Blue House. Monet must have liked Zaandam as much as we do since he did 25 paintings and 9 drawings.
The one we see pretty much every time we walk is the blue house.

The side was painted over, and in 2014 the blue side was restored to the original color.

Here is the current view…

Monet in Zaandam. Zaans Museum.

Today was also working on finishing the water tank system. Last year I installed the 2nd water tank together with Remy, and discovering 2 days later I also created a Hernia.
So this year it is finishing the system. Both tanks have the water withdraw from the top, so there is no possibility of valves leaking on the tank. (They can leak further in the piping system)
I bought on Ebay a set of 24VDC electric valves 3/4″, which are going to control each tank and the inlet valve. This way I can use the tanks also to level the barge, and when a full float signal happens, I can automate the fill valve to close.

Had to buy a water level sensor, boy are they expensive. 125E for a 65 cm one. The port tank was empty …yeahhh… so it was quite easy to get the sensor and the outflow valve installed. Remember, last year Lars made a bigger hatch in the front so I could easily drop these tanks. Well last year Remy and I also found out that the ‘rough’ size of the hatch was perfect. BUT in order to divert rain water a U profile was welded on the inside, making the opening smaller!!
Meaning we had to disassemble the wall cabinets and get the tanks in via the big hatch. No wonder I developed a hernia! Thanks Lars!

Valve setup

When I was under in the front locker, I did saw 2 thin electrical lines and hoped they ended in the engine room, so I could use them for sensor level readings. Unfortunately, these line played a vanishing act. Thus I needed to pul another set, or a pair of 4 lines newly. Luckily the previous owner had made a few extra conduit runs for electrical lines in the wall, so I started feeding the ‘fishing line’ into an empty conduit, and after a bunch of meters it stopped. Crawled in the front locker and did not see the fishing line, so it must be behing the water tank ( which is full). So first I had to again disassemble part of the wal storage closet, and was able to remove the hatch dividing the living area with the front hatch. But there was this big blue heavy water tank, which silently was not budging. Looking with a mirror to the conduit I saw it made a few corners, so the fishing line must got stuck there. Following the conduit from inside the front locker, I found it empty terminated. Thus I started pulling parts of that conduit out, fighting the dutch tape which was mounted on each junction. Finally all came loose and the fishing tape revealed itself. So we now have a clear sensor line in a conduit.

For the Intercom/PA system I need to run loudspeaker wire to the front. On the port side there is a conduit with loudspeaker wire, but helas it was cut somewhere half way, so I ordered me 1.5 mm loudspeaker wire ( the PA system is 40 Watt) and once that is here I will pull the sensor line and the loudspeaker wire.

A better Oasis

when we bought Jan-Kees we were told it had a 640 Liter water tank, the first work visit I installed a water sensor, since it was just voodoo guessing how full the tank was. The next improvement was installing a 24V pump with e remote switch. The only way the pump could be stopped was by pulling the fuse, but that could only be done by removing wooden panel between the living area and the front storage area!

The next improvement was connecting it to the Venus, so we could read out the level anywhere on the barge. BUT since the fill opening was just a hole on the top of the tank, it has happened a few times that the tank overfilled, because the person filling it was distracted. Now to defend that person (me), he is suffering from squirrel syndrome.

Because we never used the generator, and we have 1040 watt solar panels (4 of 260) . decided to remove it and use that space, so we could have 2 water tanks. Based on the space available, putting a tank on each side of the barge, and leaving a space for a bow thruster, I found 500 Liter tanks at Postma tanks which would fit. Talking to the previous owner I found out he put the old tank in place by opening the large hatch, and removing the front living area wall to the front storage area. Since Lars was going to remove the small broken hatch and make it a larger one I told him a size which would accommodate putting the tanks in that way, saving the hassle of pretty much breaking down the whole living area.

Making the front hatch.

cutting out the old hatch
Nearly finished

Once back in Zaandam I cleaned out the front hold and started

The tanks arrived, and after clearing the front area I started maneuvering that tanks in place to go ‘down the hatch’ . but…no luck…..the tanks could not get in…….the hatch, made by Lars was too small. Wait too small? mmm yes and no. The total opening size was perfect, BUT they added a U frame to divert any water, making the opening about 10 cm smaller !!!

Since Remy was coming to help me the next day and had some limited time, I decided to remove all the clothing storage, the bookshelves etc, all this on one of the hottest days in the summer. (This is also the day that I developed my hernia, leading to a ‘semi emergency liposuction, but that is for another entry)

removed the interior wall
making a floor for the tanks to rest on

The flange we got from pvc24.nl had a 25 mm diameter. When I ordered them I was not aware that that size is NOT a standard size you can get at Hornbach. So after ta trip to Hornbach we found a nearly fitting pipe, filled up the void with the white teflon tape, and wrapped the vulcanizing tape on the outside. Unfortunately, the pipe dropped quite quickly, and the only way to get fresh water was to drop a piece of tyleen directly connected to the pump in the tank. After calling the pvc24.nl I ordered 2 pieces of pipe the correct diameter. Unfortunately the vulcanizing tape was swimming in the tank, which later was sucked up by the pipe, stopping the flow, so after emptying the tank we were able to get it out.

I did added 2 floats in each tank, one to warn the tank is nearly full and the other 1 inch higher as a final warning ( which can also be used later to close the electric valves, which I am installing later)

Because of the hernia, I did not do much more work on the system, but in 2020 I will get the 2nd tank ready, connect both tanks with an electric shut off valve, so that the pump can pump from both, or by closing one valve we can also level the barge a bit.

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

Drill baby Drill, or is it jetlag

Another sunny dry day.  so 5 am coffee, grab the paint, a few old towels to dry of the top deck and the day starts.   Rolling Yellow paint with a smallish roller, kneeling on a soft pad, so it is semi comfy.  yes the back is hurting.   Today Amsterdam…well….JETLAG reared its head again.

The second coat of paint applied, time for more coffee.  MY dentist appointment was at 12:30 so also some varnishing, Peggy and Megan got up around 9:30 – 10 and made it clear they wanted to shower!.  So I cleared the shower area, turned on the Kabola and started to do the dishes, but the water was not getting hot…..I opened the hatch, and saw the Kabola display indicating warm water requested and the current temp is 27C. BUT no warm water.   Gosh it had worked correctly after Jochem connected it to the new large tank.  IMG_3162.JPGSO I called Ron, the installer, local service man.  After explaining what was going on, he indicated that the burner was not getting any diesel, so I had to turn the pump on and bleed the system.  Meaning I had to use an allen key on the P screw and open it up till there was some diesel coming out.

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Well I did so quite a few times BUT no success.  Megan announced loudly she would be happy to take a cold shower today in this heat, since she knew Peggy would be a tad upset about NO hot shower

. (it is called JetLag).  Hey as an old fart I know it all too well.  I suggested they could take a hot shower at the marina station, unfortunately Peter the marina Boss was out grocery shopping so he would not  be back till 30 minutes. At the same time I kept trying, and then realized it was nearly Drill Baby Drill time.

So quickly washed up and cycled to the Dentist office.  I arrived 3 minutes early and was told to “take a seat” . I used the wait time to get my noise canceling ear blasters ready to play Queen “Live at Wembly”  5 minutes past, 10 minutes past and the receptionist came in apologizing for delaying my appointment and offered something to drink.  To which I flipped out..Any alcohol.  Her eyes became wide, and said No we cant serve that,  my replay was Cola?  The receptionist declared it was bad for the teeth…..I shaked my head and said “Do you think I care ???? I am going to be tortured….”  She offered coffee, which was also bad for the teeth and the dentist would notice.  Off she went…and 2 minutes later the door opens . and the dentists greets me.   She is ready for me…But I had not had my coffee !!!  PURE torture.  ok head phones on, Vapor Rub slathered under my nose I laid down on the chair,  and while Queen was showing of in Wembly the torture started.  The suction was hooked in me like a fish, and I reminded her it was NOT Christmas and I am NOT a carp , as they serve traditionally in Poland.  It did produce a chuckle, again she was very easy, proceeding at what seemed a good pace, and each time I jerked or move making sure I was ok.  There were even a few moment where I felt my feet moving with the tune and twice it seemed I dozed of for a second or so, since I kept my eyes closed.  The routine was the same, and at the end it was all fun.

On my way out I saw Ron called me twice, so I called back and found out that he could come on his way home, around 4 or 5.

Back at the boat I suggested to change plans and go to the Kringloop winkel (thrift store), and after Ron fixed it, we would go to the beach.   Took Peggy and Megan to the two nice Kringloop winkels Deb likes and entered parked the van on the big parking lot, where we were told to park by the residents.   I was not out of the van or ANOTHER I  have NO life resident started moaning about why can’t you park your car anywhere else.  So I replied, because I don’t want to.

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Back at the barge, the girls went into town for some drink and shopping.  I started back in the belly working on the battery fuse, when Ron and Jochem showed up in their cycling clothes.  They cycle about 15 miles each day to work on their mountain bikes.  Ron went in, kept muttering that the tank was not full enough, but in the end decided to come back the next morning with his tools and a different filter.  Hey he does give good service !!

 

 

 

 

Peggy was exhausted (JETLAG), and needed a rest, boy was I happy I did not took them into Amsterdam !!!  So I took Megan in the van to the beach….wijk aan zee, she was not sure why we would go to the beach at 19:00 (7 pm for the 12 hour users).  But she trusted Gruncle Jan.  Arriving at the parking lot I first walked her to the big seashell, which acts as amplifier for the sea sounds.  Getting closer to the beach she was a tad surprised to see many restaurants and bars.  So we had to try some beers on the beach.   I opted to have her try a Straffe Hendrik. IMG_3166.JPG

Back at the barge we did chit chatted a bit until the sun was down around 22:40

 

Tomorrow Delft !

Fuel 86 %

Wow a nearly full fuel tank….well NO.  When Lars installed the fuel sensor he mounted the float on the wrong end.  It was kinda puzzling, since the Venus showed 100% full when first connected. So after discussing it with Daniel I fired off an email to Matthijs, who responded with the note that he nearly got a heart attack after his security officers told him they needed to reset servers for an update.  But when Matthijs googled that update he found out it was already out for the last 2 months.   So we exchanged some other incidents typical of working with Indians.  Most fun was Matthijs telling me that even after the one Indian company has worked with them for over 20 + years they still do not follow up on what they promised to do.  So an European setting  is 1-180 ohm. I switched the reading to a US sensor (240 – 30 Ohm) and yes is showed a 135 liter value . (28%).  So Lars had mounted the sensor in reverse.
Yesterday Ron and Jochem connected the Kabola to the main tank, so I have been busy with hoses to try to empty the antique fuel tank and dump all in the big one

Sleep lost, conditioning, bribery paid of more, beach walk,

Monday August 14

“wake-up  wake-up” .  what ..I am dreaming so nice. it is 1 am and the water pump keeps cycling.  Bloody hell, water running, well just turn the pump off, and we wil deal with it later.  Naturally, getting back to sleep is hard,  thoughts are running through my mind, like….the water line is ruptured..need to remove the wall panels,  which could mean taking the radiators down, or moving the sofa.   After breakfast I turn the pump on and we listen for water gushing.  Deb hears it in the engine room, and yes, we find a hose clipped of the T made by the HVAC guy, I fasten it and we continue.

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I go to the wood place, across the marine and order some wood.  They come out and say ‘have a great day’ .   Hmmmm so giving . case of beer each time we go to the boat, does have perks…….discounted and free wood.

Later that day  our peace is are rudely interrupted by the local swans, demanding they need to be fed through the kitchen window.   A daily task Deb gladly performs, and reminds her if the night on the etang at Rogney le Sept Ecluses, where she hand fed the swans.

 

Because the sink was draining slowly, it shared a bottom hull through with the shower, I made an additional hull through, just for the sink.  It involves, drilling a small pilot hole, to make sure we are under the ‘stoot rand’ (bumper), then drilling the correct hole size. sticking a stick through it, stepping on the small stoor rand and pushing the outside part of the hull through over the stick in the hole.  Without the stick being there, it would be very likely to have the brass piece fall in the water.

We went to the beach, had a walk and some food.

 

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

gulley 50mm

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Plumbing

Plumbing has been done in copper  (hot) and Tyleen (cold).

There is a water tank in the front locker, connected to a Jabsco pump with a small pressure tank, the connections are 16 mm Tyleen (also called pe which has lope or hdpe in it,  the cheapest lines have a maximum pressure of 6 bar  which is 86 PSI)

Hot water how long before it is hot?

We have a Vetus WH 45 ( or 31) hot water heater (boiler, clarifier). The heating lament has a built in thermostat.  It is also heard by the engine when it is running.

The temperature should be kept above 60 C, so we won’t get legionairs disease.
When he engine heats up the water it gets to 80 C.

The  boiler is located on the front port side of the engine room, from there it is piped to the hull of the boat and then forward to the shower.  the pipe is 16 mm brass, and the distance from the boiler is about 3.5 – 4 Meters.  So with a diameter of 16 mm the volume of 1 meter pipe is  0.8 * 0.8 * 3.14 * 100 = >200 cm3, so 3.5 Meter is about 700 cm3.    1 liter is 1,000 cm3, so the amount of cold water which has to flow through the pipe is less than 1 liter.  Which is not a big loss.  Some boats have the hot water circulating always so there is never a ‘cold’ moment and los of hot water.    But ‘wasting’ less than a liter of water with a shower, is costing less energy than constantly having the warm water flow in a loop.

With the new Central heating unit, we wil select a model which provides CV heat and Hot water.  We could get rid of the Vetus, but why get rid of it when it is still good? there is enough space.   We have a few options.
1.   we use a T valve.  use the Vetus when warm and the CV furnace the rest of the time
2.  We plumb the Vetus > Cv furnace  > hot water line
we can start with this layout…( courtesy of Pete Milne Quo Vadis 24 M Hagenaar)

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And later

 

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Links to these parts.

www.titanproducts.com/strap-on-temperature-sensor.html
www.titanproducts.com/single-and-two-stage-thermostats.html (TPES1/90/24)

https://www.titanproducts.com/multistage-2-4-6-8-electronic-thermostats.html