Well, we arrived at the boat in the Visser Yacht Service, Monnickendam. We saw it on the hard standing. It had the coppercoat and Brunton propellor on the yacht. We already had a sleipner bow thruster put on a couple of years earlier.
Coppercoat is meant mean no antifouling for about 10 years. Antifoul is put on yachts to stop marine wildlife making a home on the hull. We shall see……..
The bowthruster helps turn the bow in difficult wind/tide situations.
The Brunton propellor is meant to improve performance under engine and be better under sail than a normal propellor. We shall see……..
The boat is 10.67 metres long and with Corry standing alongside you can get an impression of size.
We have also put on a lewmar anchor winch which operates a 35 kg anchor well. It was, I believe, an award winning bit of kit. Incidentally, the bow thruster and anchor winch work by remote control, meaning we can operate either from any where on the boat.
We had the boat put in the water later. You can see a photo with Corry in the cockpit. At the stern you can see the solar panels, and a pole with the silentwind generator off screen. At the rear of the yacht a Hydrovane steering system has been installed but I still need to put a red vane on top and a rudder below. I shall give a report later.
Visser Yacht Sevice is run by Jurian, Rene, Rob, Dick and a few others. I do not doubt the integrity of the firm and the standard of work is good. I will recommend them but if you have a lot of work to be done you must ask for someone to project manage. I am told that this is in hand. They have done all I have mentioned above and it did take some time. The remaining matters involve the AIS not connecting to the chartplotter. AIS is a system where other boats can see and identify us, as we can them. It is a safety kit particularly helpful in fog! The batteries need changing. The mainsail needs sorting out as it is jamming but that maybe my fault. They have promised to have finished it by our return after the 5/4 next. All the guys speak English and are friendly and approachable.
We get the ferry back to England, tomorrow, the 24/3. However today I was interviewed for Dutch national TV on RTL 4. It is 6 part reality series starting on the 28/4 at 8.30 pm. I have photo of me being set up with a microphone by Veerle, the camera woman. It was about my view of the Hotel Spander which is a very old hotel. It has significant artworks and is impressive. The food and staff are excellent but housekeeping needs a bit of a shakeup which I believe will happen. I recommend this hotel in Volendam. The village is great and the hotel well placed. It has a pool and sauna etc which are very nice. However, you must be nude in the sauna and steam! Brits may find this difficult but this is Holland so get them off!!
My next post will be on our return nearing our departure date! Please comment. I would like to raise some money for charity as well as assist with our trip, so if there is a well minded Web designer out there who can help please let me know! I will not let the site be overwhelmed by ads.