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Old 06-23-2015, 05:17 AM   #41
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A Stressful Extraction

Our Gelderland experience is coming to the, we left Arnhem this morning to head north along the Ijssel river.

Iím still feeling a bit under the weather and am now thinking maybe itís related to walking into the pole on Friday. But we need not go there.

This morning, I paid Robert, the owner of Watersport Centrum Arnhem, and I explained to him how I wanted to get out of our tight space.

(Sorry, picture is posted on the blog, as i don't have the bandwidth to upload it again)

By the way, itís really not a Watersport Centrum, but it is a great boat yard, popular because they let you work on your own boat and a large, well-stocked marine store.

Tied to the dock on our port side, stern towards the exit, with about 50 feet, 15 meters to a large Hatteras docked on the opposite side, I decided to throw a line to someone on the Hatteras and have them pull the stern out.

At the same time, I had a bow line coming from the starboard bow cleat, around a midships cleat on the dock and back to the boat near the pilot house door. Ivan held this light taught, not letting the bow get very far from the dock.

Bas, the son of our Dutch friends, Margriet and Sierd, had joined Ivan and I yesterday. He will be with us until the end of the month. He will be with us for the Friesland part of our journey, made a bit more personal as that is where his father grew up. The Fries language spoken in Friesland is also the closest relative to English. An English speaker will recognize about half the words.

Bas was at the stern and kept me informed of how much space we had left. As the boat became perpendicular to the dock, I then used the bow thruster to about 45į at which point could use the main engine with full left rudder to complete the U turn.

The closest we got to the Hatteras was 1.5 meters, a little less than 5 feet.

Bas and Ivan did an outstanding job and Iím sure we will have a great time together.
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Old 06-23-2015, 10:57 AM   #42
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Good post.That was a precarious situation to be in.
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Old 06-27-2015, 04:27 PM   #43
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I posted anther blog entry a few days ago.

We're leaving the Netherlands tomorrow. It's a bit sad.
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Old 06-29-2015, 09:31 AM   #44
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Lauwersoog in Friesland, the Netherlands to Cuxhaven Germany.

Another installment of As the Krogen turns is out.

A good overnight passage

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Old 07-11-2015, 05:05 PM   #45
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Trapped in a tower in east Germany pretty much sums up this week.

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Old 07-11-2015, 05:22 PM   #46
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Richard-funny piece about the tower. Guess you were just whistling the wrong tune!
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And who says those Germans don't have a sense of humor, warped maybe.
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That was a great story, Richard! Great that you figured a way out without requiring the help of the Germans. I hope you continued whistling the song as you passed them!!
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Richard was just carrying on the tradition of escaping from German POW camps.
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Old 07-16-2015, 05:23 PM   #50
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New posting and money too

OK the story goes from bad to worse now.


I have not had Internet for the last few days, so I just posted a new blog and will post more in the next day.

I'm in Gdansk. Just had a great day.

Also have calculated money $$$pent since leaving Ireland.dd

I'll post those results also soon.
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Old 08-09-2015, 06:23 AM   #51
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Spanked in Finland

Finally have internet, albeit very slow and intermetent.

just posted about Finland so far.
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Cleaned out the starboard fuel tank today.

Another lesson learned: once I knew there was some water, I must get it out asap.


The actual water quantity was less than 0.5 gal, maybe even less than a qt, but having the tank also so empty allowed a lot of sfc rust to form.
Luckily because the tank was so empty, < 2 gal fuel, it and most of the rust formed in the baffle closest to the feed and inspection port.
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Finally have internet, albeit very slow and intermetent.

just posted about Finland so far.
Richard: You're like a cat with multiple lives. I can't wait for the next leg. Thanks for keeping your blog going.
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'Julie summed it up best: Richard Sees the Rock; Julie Sees the Rock; We Talk About the Rock; We Hit the Rock.'

As someone with a very 'goldfish like' attention span and short term memory, I can identify with this. It's tough being scatterbrained. I'm glad things ended well!

I'm also glad you enjoyed G'Dansk. I found it very charming. I'd love to go back.
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I just wrote "Water & Fuel; Fuel & Water" this morning.

When I can post it is another matter.

Currently, I'm loitering outside the $8 glass of Prosecco place using their internet.

By the way, the cost in Italy, for the same glass, outside the tourist pits, is $1.50.

I have a plan...
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I don't need no stink'n dryer, I have Paravanes
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Richard, is that your underwear hanging on the ropes?
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Are we there yet?

I'm barely at the half way point.

And now the NOrth Sea is becoming uppity.

I've just posted a few more posts to the blog today and yesterday.

i will try to get posted as much as possible.
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I'm now waiting in Norway.

My last big hurdle is just before me, the North Sea.

I must wait till the winds calm down, certainly by summer!
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