Yesterday my bulky waste ran out of the apartment onto the street alone. Thanks to Antje, Kerstin, Marius, Gregor, Wom, Volker, Barbara, Irene, Manfred, Christoph, Jens, Marco and David. You only got a few beers and helped me so much. THANK YOU!!!!!
The good sissi is now on extasy. Or amphetamine. Or something like that. Awesome.
I read about the Parasailor in many books about the world. The sail was praised in the sky in most cases. And that's when I stumbled across the manufacturer's booth at Boot this year. Somehow I didn't really have an overview of the expenses and so I ordered a sail.
The delivery took place yesterday. A representative of the manufacturer brought the sail and a few blocks, the wind was pleasantly weak. About 8 to 12 knots of wind from the east. You can just get away from Stavoren.
After a few minutes we were on the IJsselmeer, the engine was silent after a short time. A look at the log generated disbelief: 6 knots with only 10 knots of wind from aft. Wow. The old lady Sissi moved as fast as if she had swallowed Extasy. I think we will have a lot of fun with this sail. Even runs on a half wind course.
Now the others should come. We drive everybody away. A maxi on XTC. A sperm whale on amphetamine.
Sissi has been in the hall since November. We worked to make them fit for our plan. Most recently, it was the corroded forestay that messed up getting the ship into the water. But since today Sissi has been swimming again and is at her traditional place in Buitenhaven.
We wanted to film the crane, still take pictures of the best scenes. We cheerfully walked from our hostel to the boat hall this morning. A surprise was waiting for us - Sissi was already in the water.
It took a few minutes until the mast was finally up. The new forestay seemed a little too long at first. We turned the shrouds back and forth, tensioned them and let them go again. We had a tough job with two workers from SkipsMaritiem in Stavoren. In addition, gusts of wind and rain blew through the harbor.
When the work was done, the engine or the alternator startled me. One of the new devices is a booster for battery charging so that we can get more amp hours into the batteries from the motor hour. The device didn't bother at all. Not one of the many LEDs wanted to light up. A short call to the manufacturer's hotline in England brought me a phone number in Germany. After a few minutes I got a top tip where the problem could be. We tried that and were happy. The battery is now charged much faster.
There was nothing standing in the way of a trip to Buitenhaven, so Jens and I set off. Sissi moved well through the water, only the new log shows far too little. Another construction site open, when so many construction sites are waiting to be completed. When it arrived in Buitenhaven, it rained as a reward.
Somehow the situation with the first investors beer of the year was a bit dreary. But that didn't last long. in the Cafe Max we ate a delicious dinner and afterwards it was pure sunshine.
As I write these lines, I enjoy the slight movement of the ship in the harbor. Tomorrow is another hard day when Sissi gets new batteries. This is going to be a drudgery ...
Sorting out is currently part of my daily work. Actually, I thought I didn't have that many things. But a lot has accumulated over the years. Part of it will come on the ship, part will be stored and part disposed of. But what belongs in which pile?
I can't just fill boxes with things and sort things. It works for me for a few hours, then the pleasure suddenly stops. Today I found my video camera when I was packing a pile of DVDs. Of course the battery was discharged but the memory card still works.
So the task of the evening was to create a video from the camera to YouTube. It has been possible!
In 2012 I was in Scotland by motorcycle, in 2014 we chartered a ship. Before that, we took a tour by car, which is how this video was made. It's uncut, shaky, and every smartphone makes better videos these days.
It was a particular pleasure for me to invite you to the demolition party in my apartment. With the crane appointment, the other appointments merge. If nothing goes wrong now, we can go ahead with our plan and start in May. A great feeling.
The internet belongs to cats. At least part of the internet, the good part. I miss the cats. Until a few weeks ago, about nine cats lived with us on the property. The neighbor moved out with the cats and now I am no longer greeted by a fat cat who wants to be petted.
At the latest I would have been on board without the cats. I will now adhere to the old seaman's rule: a new cat in every port!