Up and down rolling along, singing for myself a little song
Steering the ship out on the sea, all alone out there is just little me.
We are back In Amsterdam for a little while, love this city where we been hanging out before we left for Kampen. It was a rather unpleasant sailing yesterday with a mix of hale, wind, snow and sun. It was great to be moving again and officially I said that the season has started but lets be honest to each other here, its freaking ice cold and the season has not started. Could not see another pleasure craft out there and they did right about that. It was indeed cool to be out and I have missed that the last months.
Lucky us that we moved when we did as it says its getting colder again, while here in he big city again we gonna try and make some more updates on Happy six.
The fridge ( compressor) needs to be filled up with gas.
Return the Icom microphone as its no longer working
These things don’t seem much but when working full time as well as having my sick husband to care care of these things might take a while. 🙂
The marina is great and I took a bath with a view over the marina today. Wonderful to just relax and get warm and see the ships pass by. True luxury if you live on a boat.
The sailing season 2016 has officially started today. Cold fresh air, lovely sun and hardly no wind made the first day out for the year extremely nice. We went from Kampen and ended up in Enkhuizen, a old fishing village that we usually spend our last summer in.
There were not a single other boat out today except the working boats. To bad they not knowing what they miss as it was so nice. Now we just finished dinner and a stroll in town with the dogs and I am finished. Now a big bowl of popcorn and a blanket then slowly grow into the sofa. That’s a great way to spend the evening onboard. Tomorrow we go further to Amsterdam and hopefully we end up in a marina we have not been before…. Just have to convince my husband as our thought splits there. 🙂
I find myself at peace on the water, more relaxed than I can ever be, people that knows me know that I have to much energy and hardly never sit down. On the boat out there I do….
When looking back on 2015 I must say it was a interesting year. One thing that happened was that SAIL Amsterdam occurred, it does that every 5th years so its a little special, and not so little, thousands of boats in the canals of Amsterdam from small dingys to square riggers trying to make way through the water. It was truly madness but indeed fantastic.
From all over the world the big ships came in through the locks of Ijmuiden and sailed into Amsterdam in a convoy. For one time in my life I got the feeling that this is exactly how they used to do back in the days, trading ships from all over the world entered Amsterdam by ship and tied up to the high quays… Two Swedish ships, one of them from Stockholm stoled my heart extra as The National anthem came on and the flag rise. It was indeed beautiful and with our boat on the summer spot in Sixhaven we had front row all week.
Champagne, oysters , BBQ, friends and laughter filled that week in August with something truly unforgettable. I wanted to share some pics from SAIL Amsterdam as I get a bit powered up here this last night in Kampen as we set off for Amsterdam tomorrow. The season is about to start! It was really about time as I felt like I started to grow into the pontoon. Just called the bridges to get them opened for tomorrow as you have to order them 12 hours before this time a year. Its gonna feel good to get out there again.
As living on a boat is a ongoing project and this winter i I already told you in earlier posts what we did this winter. We wanted to have some small heating in the tool room as well just to keep the moisture away. We had been thinking about tube heaters but I just thought that they just did not have enough power. I found a oil radiator on 450w and its great. Gives great heat, does not sound anything, no smell and the moisture is gone even in a whole day with heavy rain. The boat has always been dry and nice but after all this insulation work and heating system we have it is even more great. Now we just need to attach the radiator somewhere in there so its out of the way and pull the electric into the tool room and then we are settled. This will hopeful be made tonight or tomorrow as we are soon setting off down to Amsterdam area. This D has to do as I need to work.
We need to stock up on diesel, food, dog food and water before we wet off as I always like to have a lot on board and not having to go to the supermarket the first thing in next port. But as a sailor you always seem to be a little more prepared than others.
Her are some extremely boring pictures of our radiator, but it is great. 🙂
I think writing is fun but I never had a thing for poems or anything like that but just a moment ago my mind said something that I had to write down. I don’t know why and where it came from but here it is as I though I would share it with you. It was pretty cool to just get something like that running through the mind like something or someone tells you something. I think it is time to set off soon and find out what this what all about.
A life at sea is a life in peace, sailing the oceans for years and years
Makes my soul heal and breath, and my eyes opens more, seeing things I never seen before. Woman and man equal and same, those are the once who conquered and came.
The waves are showing us where to go, engine or sail or might even row ,we end up on different paths but should go the same what happened to the women and men who conquered and came?
Looked out the porthole this morning but could see nothing… Land is gone!! Pontoon is gone!! There is no stern on the boat!! NO wait a minute… So freakin foggy there was nothing in sight… When the fog cleared up later I managed to get some nice pics of the boat in the very lonely winterharbour. I also managed to squeeze in a quick stop at Bagel and Beans in Zwolle. In a week we are planning to set of towards Amsterdam and after that nobody really knows. We would like to go south in the end of the year if we have all the things we want and need on our list….. And as you boat people know that list never seems to end even though you might cross something off once in a while…. I guess thats the charm ♥♥♥
Water maker ( Portable like Berkey filter is also awsome)
Water heater ( ours is a hole in right now)
Spinnaker ( not the most important but would be great so hoping for a sponsorship)
Repair kit to our Perkins 4.108
New sailing gear
Sunglasses ( sponsor anyone?) 🙂
Bigger anchor ( we discussed his and it might be a good idea)
Inflatable SUP ( these are awesome when on anchor to get to shore)
To eat fresh fruit and veggies are important for us on Happy six. Its great to have as snacks on the boat and we always make sure we have a lot of fruit on board especially when out sailing. On Mondays there is a market here in Kampen and they have several fruit and veggie stands that are amazing, as well as the man with all spices. This is from last weeks shopping at the market.
Here are some fresh hot pri pri and Mexican spice blend. Bananas gives you great energy and tomatoes are just so good to everything.
One of the thing we don’t have on board is a TV and it feels great. 8 years without a TV has made me much smarter and also made me got some hobbies and learned about things I never thought I even would be interested in. So when you land people sit in your big sofas watching a TV show with absolutely no meaning we create something. Those things can for an example be:
Learning about electronics on board such as 12v and convert between AC and DC.
Knots and para cord making ( D used to have knot school with me an hour a day when we sailed from The Med)
Diesel engines such as changing filter,impeller, check oil (both in engine and gearbox)
I love my husband for showing me these things even though its been a struggle sometimes and a lot of bad words coming out, its great to be able to know that I can fix these thing by myself if i would ever need it. He was also the one that thought me how to sail we cannot forget that, and a loads of other things I probably never think of anymore. 🙂
One of the hobbies on board that you can do at anytime and it takes no space to store is para cord key rings and bracelets for example. My husband is awesome at splicing, doing knots and para cord. We a box filled with tools for this and ropes in all different colors and thicknesses. I have not really been that interested before but its kind of fun to watch D do it and try to make my own.
Another one is yoga. Just a small carpet and you are ready to go. I sometimes sit in the front of the boat also during sailing and just relax on the carpet and suck in natures forces. Nothing is better than the fresh air and the wind touching your body while sailing quietly through the waves. Life is almost full filled at that point.
I do miss Amsterdam a bit right now, we went up north for the winter to get some peace and quiet and now its been quiet enough. But its very nice and lovely up in Over Ijssel and I recommend any sailors to visit it when around. A bit more to do in the summer though… The best Harbormaster in Netherlands is located in Buitenhaven , Kampen, and that’s not a lie, he got an award a few years ago and he deserves it big time, his second assistant harbormaster is also the most humble man you can imagine. I think its his time to get the award next time.
We are planning our trip down south towards Amsterdam but we cannot make up our minds when to go. The winter came again with ice and minus degrees and that’s not what I had planned. So standing outside steering right now is not really one of my favorites options, but its the most cozy to be out as it is no one else out and the lakes are for ourselves. Buckle up with loads off clothes, warm tea, coffee and the heater on full speed and we should be alright.