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

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.

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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.

Plastic Surgery

As of April 29 Jan-kees is at the surgeon (Welder), where the original roof is being removed and a walk out deck with cover and seating is being created.
Lars who also welded the gas tank, is taking charge

Today he did the incisions…the big hold up will be finding somebody who can manufacture a correct door.

Covering the electrical equipment
The first cuts around the outside and along the width

Port and Starboard cuts

Ready with cutting……….. attached to the crane and then …….there is the sun in the back

Here is a drawing made by daniel

The back dek moving along

One of the hinges for the hatch. With this kind of hinge the floor will stay even

And it is getting close
Door opening is 80 cm . which allows a door of 67 + the frame on both sides

Closed hatch, smooth surface

Open Hatch, just have to order the Gas Springs, and perhaps later an electric actuator.

The hunt for Red October

The hunt for the water which on occasion seeps in. and collects in the bilge.  Over the past 3 years we have identified a few things which causes water to collect in the bilge. Water should be removed, for rust and for mold. We have seen a few windows which were leaking, and this year with painting the outside , we have also varnished the windows enough and caulked them enough that when it rains, there is no more water coming in.  Still some  water kept appearing, silently , just as the Red October with Sean Connery did.  Because of Deb’s Bday dinner, Renate and Remy spend the night on the boat.  In the morning Deb and Renate went bargain hunting, while Remy helped me with a few small jobs, like fixing the new wire to the key contact.  We also discussed blowers in the bilge and tried to come up with ways to improve the wheel house, in regards to rain diversion.  While we were exploring these options, I also showed Remy how some wiring was running and pulled the new pilot house carpentry away we discovered that there was quite a bit of water standing.  The water seeps in via the wooden top and the steel work.  The wooden window frames rest on a 35 MM wide L beam, but because the wood is the same width, the water slowly drips between the wood and the steel.  When I made the new pilot house control console, I did noticed there was rust already, which I then removed and treated with Owatrol.  This coming week I will put a thin strip of wood over the edge, and caulk the top , so that the water is diverted to the steel instead of the top.

A 9 meter boat with Belgians arrived and we admired their folding bikes

 

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At night Deb and I went to the Market to listen to some Jazz and have a beer and Bitterballen en ‘olijfjes”

While walking to the Market we encountered a cute Ford, which is not sold in the USA

A Ford Ka

 

 

Steelwork, a small scrape, pancakes

Thursday August 10

Waking up on the boat we see the relaxed scene, and you smell the cacao transports

Currently the sink runs the drain to a hull through, which is connected with a T and also serves the shower.  Problem here is the top of the hull through is higher than the sink so draining is slow, plus when the shower pump works,

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part of the shower water goes back into the sink until all is drained.  In the past I have estimated that we could just drain the sink directly overboard with a hull through, and had Marius confirm it.  So after also Daniel measured it, I was confident to dril a pilot hole into the side of the boat, once the pilot hole was through, I climbed on the side and saw that the hole was about 3 inches above water.  Perfect thus.  Grabbed the bigger hole saw and started drilling, until bang the drill flew out of my hand, one of the teeth of the drill was bent and had grabbed.  so the guiding dril bit was bent.

So after replacing it, I started drilling even more careful, squirting enough WD40 to keep it lubricated, and got through.  Together with Daniel we got the hull through in and I attached the hose to the sink and it drained perfectly.  Only thing to do now , is to cap of the T for the shower drain.

Daniel worked some more on the diesel tank, we got the airvent in and the second fuel line through to the engine room.

We also got the hull through opened for the engine room bilge pump, there was a watering hose, together with duct tape and something glued to the outside, it took some work, but we managed to clear it, and now I was able to slide the nice reinforced hose with the whale bilge pump on.

In the same area we saw that the steering cable track was loose, so we bolted it back in place and the steering cable was laying on top now, protected…but wait for it…  there is  more.  We did our goodbye’s from Oving1.  We casted off, and made the turn.   BAM very hard steering and hardly any movement in the wheel.  I was able to coax back Jan-Kees to Oving1 while at the same time calling Daniel.  We again attached to Oving1, and played with the steering wheel and all seemed to work.  We added more lines to the bollards and pressed with the throttle.  We went in the back and  the cable was laying on top af the guide, and getting in between the guide and the exhaust.  We followed the cable and saw that the exhaust was attached to the track with a tie-wrap, which prevented the cable to rest in the guide to protect it.  Once we cut the tie wrap, the cable snapped in place and ran smooth as a babies butt.  We did our second set of goodbye’s and went on our way back to Dukra.

Deb was at the wheel and life was PERFECT,  we grabbed a glass of wine and a Hertog Jan and some Borrelnootjes.   Bridges were going smooth, and there was the Prins Willem Alexander Bridge.   We have been under that one before, but I made the mistake of not paying attention and directed Deb to the ‘normal’ starboard side.  (Coming from the north we had to go to the port side of the bridge. ) The side I was directing Deb to was slanted, so I pointed to the most left side of the bridge opening.  Deb being more careful than I am  approached very slowly and I walked to the front to measure the distance, and it was TOO low,   Deb quickly did a full reverse, and manage to correct my direction mistake by getting away with only a small scratch on the aluminum profile of the solar panels.  But it did put her in a very down mood.  She took it way more badly than I did.   Besides we do have insurance for these kind of things!.    I took over the wheel and we had to do some maneuvering to get out of there.

 

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Here you see the track of when we kissed the bridge

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Here is the full track of the day

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The rest of the trip was uneventful and the mooring at Dukra went smooth.

Later we met up with Coen from Oersjoch and went to the pancake house at the lock.  We had a Mexican Pancake and a Boemerang pancake.

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.