wait…they are closed ….whatttttt

Yes.Action was closed by the time I get there. Oh they are a bunch of professionals ..NO they are retail, but like normal human beings they need life work balance.  Action is a great store to buy anything and everything cheap, especially if you want to use it only once.  Yes their products are not TOP quality, but if you need to use a tool only a few times why spend 40 Euro’s when you can get the action one for 9 Euro’s.  So why the they are closed…..well they close at 18:00 ( or 6 pm for the twice 12 hour people).   Except on Thursday’s, which is shopping evening, then they are open till 21:00.  Some cities have ‘koop avond’ on Friday’s.
Just as in France it is quite common for a grocery to be closed for an hour or longer for lunch.  The lock keepers have their ‘golden hour’ 12:00 – 13:00 and do NOT dare to drive your boat into the lock.  So yes many retail stores close at 6, most are closed Sunday’s and Monday’s.  I know you will ask “BUT what will I do when I can’t go to the mall on Sunday?”   you just have fun with the family or friends, walk to the park, cycle to the beach

A better Bilge Pump System

So to get rid of the water we put in a bilge pump.  There are two kinds, the centrifugal one and the diaphragm pump.  And for detection a float switch.  the centrifugal pump can only keep moving liquid until the liquid reaches the ‘height’ of half the wheel, which is spinning to evacuate the water.   So water always remains in the bilge from 1/2″ to 1″
A diaphragm pump is self priming and can get all the water out, and if you let it run after the float switch switches of, you could reach total dryness……. for a period….until the water comes sneaking in again slowly and slowly, until it reaches the level where the float switch turns the pump on again.  Which could be days, weeks.  All this time the water sites there, making it dirty and humid.  So we need to find a better way to deal with this.

I wil post about float switch ideas later, but the end idea comes down to this.

Use a diaphragm pump, turn it on for 60 seconds, have a flowmeter in the line which pumps up the water.  If there were counts, turn the pump on again for 60 seconds, until the pump was on for 60 seconds with no counts.    Let the pump wait for 60 minutes and repeat.  IF there was water again, you let the pump repeat it after another period of 60 minutes.  IF there was again water that time,  reduce the wait time by 2, making it 30 minutes.  now if the first time there was NO water, you repeat it like above, but after 2  wait period with no water, no count, you double the wait period and continue until you get to 64 hours…if anytime during this, there is water, the system hold the wait period and then starts increasing or decreasing it .

 

 

so

wait_time = 1800 ( seconds)
Increase_time = 0
pump_on = 60 ( seconds)
Pulse_count =0
Incremental_count =0
Continue_pumping = 0

Start

Pump
Pump on 60 second .     is there a pulse_count?
Incremental_count = Incremental_count + pulse_count . ( keep track of how much)
NO                   (means no water this cycle)  .
is continue_pumping 0?
YES.      continue_pump = 0 .      ( reset we found water)
increase time = increase_time +1,   ( increase the double/half counter
if increase_time = 2 ?
then wait_time = wait_time X 2
display the wait_time and the Incremental_count
wait the wait_time, and go to PUMP
else wait the wait_time, and go to PUMP
NO          increase_time = increase_time =-1
if increase_time = -2 ?
then wait_time = wait_time / 2;
wait the wait_time, and go to PUMP
else    wait the wait_time, and go to PUMP

YES (means water) .   Continue_pumping =1
go to PUMP

 

Air heating is working

Tuesday August 15

The day started by sanding down the rust sport, created by the little ‘kernel’ or rust removed by the perago disk who flew around and landed on the deck.  They left a little rust spots sanded pilot house front deck.  I should have wiped/ hosed the deck after I remove the rust …………After the sanding I applied a coat of primer which had Owatrol added to it.  Owatrol converts rust and is a rust inhibitor.   The primer was dry in 20 odd minutes.

2 Kabola technicians came to assist Ron with the hot air unit.  The Temperature indicator showed an ambient temperature of 1C.    These technicians, did discover that one thermocouple should have been mounted factory wise was not.  So they needed a 7 mm drill and a pair of pliers, to make sure the drill would not go too far and puncture the heat exchanger.  The next problem …the 1C measurement was caused because the plug was not in deep enough.  And yes the heating worked smoothly and quietly.  We discussed how to optimally control it, and it was decided that the wall controller would control the furnace on and off, and the blower would be set on automatic and the temperature.  This way the fan will adjust its speed to the temperature of the outside thermocouple, and be very quiet.

Lindy and Roy coming, but are having delays with trains

Once Roy got into designing the frame for the switches, Lindy and I applied a coat of yellow on the top deck which I had just sanded and primed

While we Lindy and I were painting, Deb decided Lindy needs to make some art on the main hatch, which would be fun to look at, and on the hatch it can be ‘framed, and people will not really walk much over it.

deck_hatch

Here you can see how Deb was trained by the swans.  They would gently float up, see that the window was open and make noise, Deb then dutifully would grab the lets over bread, feed them, at first by just throwing small pieces out the window, and later by holding it in her hand and the swans just picking it out.  Just like she did when were in France on Waterman

Roy and Lindy had to leave around 18:30, because of train troubles it would be a longer.  Because it was still light we drove to Wijk aan Zee for a walk on the beach and some food.  In this place you went in, ordered paid and they would bring it out.  So I quickly ordered 2 fun beers, a portion Sateh and a portion bitterballen.  I got my 2 beers and our number to be displayed on the table.   The Sateh came out….and no sign of the bitterballen, the chef apologized and said they would come out very quickly now.  We nibbled on the Sateh…and . 20 minutes later our beers were finished and still no bitterballen.    I went inside and smilingly explained and after excuses of the manager I exchanged the number for the price of the bitterballen.

While walking to the car, we saw this Abri ( Shelter in French) which was a sea shell on its side made in 1993.  Deb sat on the little bench and the sound was amazing, it really amplified the sea sounds

 

Lost of sun energy and dinner with Astrid and Marjan

Friday August 4

During the day the solar panel reached a new record…

800pluswatts

As you can see from the Victron Venus readout we are getting 823 Watts ..free sun energy !!!!!

Late afternoon Astrid and Marjan came for tea and dinner, which was lovely.  One point which was brought up was the egg scare in Holland.  We found out that each egg had their unique code, showing what kind of egg is, and which company it comes from

eggs

 

1 means free range chickens

eggs
0 .                                      1                                     2                                 3

here is the article on egg codes in europe

 

Bribing works

Monday August 7

A nice sunny day. I got off the boat around 9:15 and walked with the bike to Bentvelzen. The wood wholesaler just across the marina, to buy the wood for the shoe closet, next to the new front closets.
When I asked how much it would cost how what kind of beer it would take, one of the guys quickly walked to the back and asked what I needed.  I explained the sizes and he looked to some left over wood, but none that would be able to cut properly to my sizes. So he grabbed a whole sheet ( 4 * 8 ) 122 * 244 CM , and quickly cut them to size.  It was decided I needed to bring a case of Amstel beer. And al the wood was only E 12.50 !  So bribing with beer works, just like the rules of acquisition tell us

 

With a few screws I was able to quickly put the new shoe storage space together.  It will go next to the bow Ikea cabinets, next to the stairs.

Monday July 25

And rain appeared, the whole day, small drizzle clouds, sun so we had to lower the blinds, very short hard burst, dry, a 30 second drizzle.  Deb read and lounged below, while I tackled the 220V fuse box.  One problem was the fact that I wanted both the diesel heating and the electric heat be able to turned on and off by a switch, brought some extra work with installing conduit and pulling cables. And I made the mistake of thinking the switches should be with the main switch panel on the steering console.   But installing these next to the fuse box, greatly made things easier.  I just had to run the hot line to the switches, then the 2 black (schakel lijn) back to the fuse box and directly out with the yellow/green (earth) and the blue (null) to the engine room.

Later Ron came, because the hot water was not producing, after a minute or so looking around he saw that the plug for the circulation pump was not fully in.  Once he did so the heat came on, we had unlimited hot water ( limited by the fresh water tank).  The radiators became blazing hot, so I had Ron show me how to turn the water temperature down from 90C to 60 C . ( push black button and turn ).  We can put it up higher when it really gets cold.
Feeling the radiotors, we found some cold spots, which means the air has to be evacuated . (ontluchten), so I am waiting for a correct key from Ron.  It could mean we have to swap the temperature setting and the air vent when he puts anti freeze in the radiators, before it gets cold.

The hot air unit also started giving heat, and it was very quiet.

Unfortunately even with the temperature turned down the radiators and and hot air unit kept giving off heat, so I just switched all off and will wait for Ron again.

Then we needed a break plus grocery shopping, but can we do grocery shopping without a good pint of beer ?…..NO…so we first stopped at the little square, ordered beer and bitterballen.

 

foto bitterballen

It was funny on the terrace, a crow kept walking around, jumping from table to table and chair to chair as if he was either the owner, or the manager, picking up bits and pieces.  He did not wanted to be photographed.   ( must have something in his past he does not want us to know about )

 

After unloading the groceries we drove to Uitgeest to meet with Daniel, and to have Deb look at the new pilot house.  Oving1 was moored in the middle of the Alkmaarder plassen and as soon as Daniel saw us he picked us up with Oving1.  While he was underway, some kids kicked too hard and their ball went into the water.  The wind was blowing it away from them, but there came BIG old Oving1 and Danile maneuvered Oving1 back and forth until he pushed the ball closer to shore and he could pick up the ball.  He dropped his spud poles and was set.

 

 

Sunday July 23

A quiet day, basically a resting day, lounging, sleeping, a bite, more sleep, did some cleaning up wiring at the inverters.

Picture of the cable mess

Installed a outlet which is connected to the shore power, so if the inverter would give troubles, it could be bypassed with a cable.  Since the power has to be the correct polarity, I marked the plug with a yellow paint dot.  The plug was a plug where the cord comes from the side so basically a one way fit.  Then later I learned from Daniel, that i should have used the shore power connectors, aaargh…so I am not going to install the output of the inverter the same way.

Cleaned the top of the boat.

 

 

 

We are going to watch people walk ?????

Friday July 21st

Yes we do at “walk of the world’    uhhmmm how much fun will that be.    Yes we went to Nijmegen to watch the walkers of the 4 day walking event on their last day.  The 4 daagse is the largest walking event in the world and thus can claim “walk of the world” in 2016 47,000 + entered this event.

 

planning

Late at night Marius and I ( and Hertog Jan) looked to the map to see what the best route would be.

 

route

So we took an early breakfast at Marius and Wilma in Venlo and drove of toward Cuyk, to see the marcher cross the pontoon bridge over the river Maas.  Each year the armed forces put this bridge across the Maas, blocking all commercial ( and recreational ) water traffic.  We had to take a few back roads, some barely wider than the little Fiat 500 we drove but we managed to get very close, thanks to following two police cars.  We were directed to some field parking and walked to the pontoon.  From afar we already heard the music from the different DJ’s and the cheering and clapping of the viewers.  it brought back good memories of the 4 times I did this march myself in the late 70’s beginning 80’s

first

 

Each year the Dutch Army puts a pontoon bridge over the Maas river, where usually the Ferry takes people across, but with  close to 50,000 crossing it would take days.  The bridge is quite impressive.

The scene early in the morning

Walking over the bridge deb got more and more in the mood on the other side we waited a bit and saw how the DJ was pumping energy into the walkers,  The military troops started slowly also being among the group,  A Swiss unit looked knackered, but the DJ started teasing them on with clapping, and there was the First Swiss , and within a few meters they were all clapping with big swings, and taking in the positive energy.

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The Swiss group here being given energy by the DJ

Many people were dressed up, we had Captain Sparrow walking by, bowing and waving his hat.  It was the pirates 5th time doing the March.

choir

The choir singing old dutch songs in Cuyk, Brabant

36

Person wearing a 36 on their head, celebrating their 35th time doing this walk

curacao

A walker from the Caribbean island Curacao ( which used to be a Dutch colony)

Waling back to the Limburg side ( East side ) of the Maas, Deb got caught in doing the Macarena with the walkers right before the pontoon bridge.

 

 

batman2

 

 

As you see even Batman came out of his dark cave to help the Dutch Military.

 

 

 

 

italy
Are these really Italian troops resting..I see no wine ?

 

danish_unifil

on_the_road_againPicture Danish Unifil Veterans

And off  they go, the last stretch, but then the last kilometers you are seeing crowds ticker than here, you are being aided by the music of the marching bands,  blisters….yes I have them but I don’t feel them, Muscle cramps,  I am not going to let it show is the attitude then

An Unexpected Journey on the Jan-Kees

In the initial days of my arrival in Holland, there had been talk of installation of a railing on the deck of the Jan-Kees. Last week, Daniel welded on, bases for the stanchions. Conversation then shifted to finishing up the work on his boat because he had the equipment there. Little did ai know that this would involve actually barging from Zaandam to Uitgeest.


I am a total newcomer to barging hence the simplistic Maps view of the two points we were to be traveling from and to. Nothing more was said until Tuesday, July 12th when Daniel arrived at the appointed time and we cast off the Jan-Kees from the docks.


And moved through the locks with barely two inches to spare under the bridge…



And we were off.. Were we/I actually barging? 


We actually were…  

Hot Water and Heat

During the summer months, you would not think too much about the necessity of hot water or heat. If a barge is to be habitable during the not too pleasant months of  late Autumn/Fall through Winter those two ingredients could make for a warm and enjoyable stay on your barge.

Early on, we had decided to install heating and on-demand hot water to the Jan-Kees. It was not an inexpensive proposition; diesel boiler, water heater, radiators, installation plus the accoutrements. Work commenced in April of 2017 with the installation of the main components ( boiler, water tank/heater and radiators), hard connections and controls. On July 10, 2017, our heating contractor completed the installation. Pictures follow: