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Old 06-15-2022, 12:59 AM   #581
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Thanks for sharing, Hippo! Sound advise.

I think, over time, there will be multiple options designed. Like a salon configuration with one or two dedicated captain chairs. I'd like the base concept to stay the same. It's a bit like how we approached the distilling industry, where we designed a complete new line of stills, and added options to differentiate for various use-cases. Yet, the base stayed the same. This allowed us to learn and innovate at a quicker space, while spreading back what we learned to existing customers through retrofitting. Not sure the latter can be achieved in boat building, but a move away from every boat being a one-off is essential in my model of how this could work.

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Old 06-16-2022, 04:16 AM   #582
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Good bye "Salty Pelican", meet "Moonshine"!

Yesterday "Moonshine" got checked out and she passed with flying colors. Few minor things that need repairs, but no show-stoppers. Means we'll sell "Salty Pelican" and upgrade to this newer and bigger yacht for inland and some offshore adventure.

At 50 feet and 28 tonnes (metric), she's quite a size up to our current boat. She sleeps 6 with ease, vs. 4 now. A more stable and still very economical yacht. Her 6.1 liter, 6 cylinder, 170 hp Vetus-Deutz has seen 880 hours so far. Engine & yacht are from 2015.

Here are some pics. We'll take formal possession of her coming weekend. Saturday we'll sail "Salty Pelican" to "Moonshine's" harbor, where she'll be put up for sale. We'll transfer all of our stuff on the new boat and probably do a first little trip on Sunday.

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Old 06-16-2022, 10:27 AM   #583
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Here's the logo and name our youngest daughter designed. It will all be made in 3 mm thick polished stainless steel ...

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Old 06-16-2022, 10:51 AM   #584
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... and here's the proof print:
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Old 06-19-2022, 04:33 PM   #585
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By by "Salty Pelican", hello "Moonshine"

Yesterday we sailed Salty Pelican to our new boat's harbor and moved our stuff from the old boat to the new one. A LOT of work!

Here's a picture of Salty Pelican (left) and your new motor yacht Moonshine (right).

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Old 06-19-2022, 05:46 PM   #586
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Yesterday we sailed Salty Pelican to our new boat's harbor and moved our stuff from the old boat to the new one. A LOT of work!

Here's a picture of Salty Pelican (left) and your new motor yacht Moonshine (right).

Regards, Edwin & Veronika.
Congrats on the new boat. Looks good and I like the name.

Did you consider getting a boat more similar to what you plan to build? It seems like this would be a good opportunity to learn more about that boat type, by buying and living with a boat closer to your new design.
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Old 06-19-2022, 07:12 PM   #587
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Thank you!

Even though it is a steel boat, and not an aluminium one, it does have similarities to our new design. Or at least - relative to Salty Pelican - she's a big step in our new design's direction.

Living, eating, cooking, and sailing on the same level. A relatively low design. Single engine. CE-A instead of CE-B, so ocean-worthy instead of sea-worthy. Panoramic view all around from the salon/wheelhouse. An axe type bow (not negatively as in the LM65h design, but much closer to it than Salty Pelican). Trim wedge / hull vane at the back to push her back out of the water a bit. Low sound levels. A big master with en suite. Sun beds up front. Bigger range.

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Old 06-20-2022, 06:14 AM   #588
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Interior pics motor yacht "Moonshine"

Some more pics. The outside seating area. Covered by a roof and can be inclosed by a tent. Seats 6 to 7.

Same level seating, cooking, and sailing. The dinner table can be enlarged. Salon sits 5. Steering position can seat 2. And all at the same level as the outside seating area. 4-stage folding door (to the sides) in between inside and outside, that can open so far that in- and outside become one place.

Huge electrically opening hatch in the salon. Love the breeze of air it gives as well as the connection to the water, via sound and smell.

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Old 06-21-2022, 06:24 AM   #589
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LM65h: Steering Console Drawer

For convenience's sake, we are contemplating the idea of bringing the autotiller and autopilot closer to the seating position by integrating them in a drawer.

Regards, Edwin.
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Old 06-22-2022, 06:16 AM   #590
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Steering System Foundation LM65h

Here's a drawing of the LM65h's steering system foundation.

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Old 06-23-2022, 04:06 PM   #591
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Tomorrow, we'll start our two week vacation. The first week we'll visit, with our new motor yacht "Moonshine", the cities of Geertruidenberg, Tilburg, and Den Bosch. From there back to our own harbor. That'll be the first week.

The second week we don't know exactly yet, but we will visit the province of Zealand. Wider water, slightly longer stints.

We are SO looking forward to learning the ropes on our new yacht! First week will see smaller water ways, more bridges, and lots of locks. The second week will be more salty with probably at least one day at open sea, hopefully with some 5-ish Beaufort wind conditions, to learn how she handles bigger waves and winds, and wether she needs stabilization or not.

We'll keep you posted via short updates and some pics in the days to come! Here's a picture of the route for the first week. Short 3.5 to 4.5 hour stints. Sleeping in medieval city center ports. Visiting churches, castles, and local diners ...

Regards, Edwin & Veronika.
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Old 06-24-2022, 04:52 PM   #592
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First stint: Sleeuwijk to Geertruidenberg

After lots of little chores, we were finally able to leave the Sleeuwijk harbor at 12h15 pm. We sailed the boat over the Merwede river to the Biesbos lock. Easy transition, but - hey - a first one with a new boat: always interesting!

After the Biesbos lock came the Biesbos proper: a wild area of meandering water and trees. Remaining wild lands and wet lands from the early 15th century St-Elisabeth Flood that killed maybe 100,000 people.

Undeep waters. At one moment the depth sounder measured 0.0 meters under the boat's keel. I think the former owner hadn't done proper calibration, but - anyhow - sailing a 30,000 kilo boat with less than a foot of water under her ... always interesting!

Veronika did the southern part of our Biesbos journey. After that came the Amer river, that we just needed to follow for like a mile before turning starboard onto the Donge river. Following that waterway we reached the beautiful little town of Geertruidenberg (an old fortress town), where we docked "Moonshine" and will stay overnight.

A few pics to share our impressions ...

Regards, Edwin & Veronika.
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Old 06-25-2022, 12:10 AM   #594
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The Netherlands.
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Second stint: to Tilburg

Today Veronika and I sailed "Moonshine" to Tilburg. First, the Donge river, then the Wilhelmina Channel. We did three locks, each lifting us up 12 feet a time. We also encountered numerous bridges. Some high enough, some that we needed to call first, to have 'm opened.

VHF works fine. And it is lovely to see how all lower bridges in the city of Tilburg work together. You hail one, the rest automatically (sort off) catches up on it. So you sail to the next low bridge and it opens as you approach.

Where we are now? In Tilburg. City center at the Pius Harbor. First row seating! We'll stay here today and tomorrow. Some sightseeing ... and there's a beer festival tomorrow!

Regards, Edwin.
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Old 06-25-2022, 11:05 AM   #596
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Edwin,

Do pleasure boats use the Blue Light system for passing on the canals? Or is that limited to commercial or larger boats? And are there operator license requirements that are specific to the canals?
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Not sure what the blue light system is, Tanglewood?

Over here in the Netherlands anybody can use the rivers, lakes, sea, and the canals. But ... it is the professional boats that basically always have "right of way". They rule, and we adapt. And we better adapt, because they (most of them at least) don't care even the slightest for us. They follow their course and if pleasure boats are in their way ... f*ck 'm. Again: our problem.

Not sure if/how that relates to the blue light situation though. I guess I need more info on what it entails.

The worst thing in the canals is those big 3 million kilo (6,6 kilotons in pounds?) pro barges. And the fact that - since they measure like 400 feet - they are always faster than you. So we like to choose those canals that have like a speed limit we can sail at. That way nobody overtakes you. And that's the worst: A 3 million kilo ship overtaking you, when there's one or two coming from the other direction.

In short: sailing the bigger water ways in the Netherlands is like an existential puzzle to solve. If you don't your existence is in yeopardy.

Today's Wilhelmina Canal had a 12 km/h (6.5 Nm) speed limit. That's great for us. The Amsterdam-Rhine Canal has a 17 km/h (>9 Nm) speed limit, which makes the whole situation more challenging.

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But ... if you mean blue squares to indicate they want to pass one another starboard/starboard instead of port/port, yes. The commercial barges do. What YOU do as a recreational ship is, well, up to you. Just don't get into their way!

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But ... if you mean blue squares to indicate they want to pass one another starboard/starboard instead of port/port, yes. The commercial barges do. What YOU do as a recreational ship is, well, up to you. Just don't get into their way!

Regards, Edwin.


Yes, thatís what Iím talking about. Itís integrated into class A AIS as well, which is probably why Iím calling it a light. Iíve seen the square blue flags as well.
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We do use the system, as pleasure boats. Passively, however. If a big barge shows these signs, we are obliged to follow their preference. Do they want to pass another ship starboard/starboard, then - as a pleasure craft - you do as they want. It is the bigger barges that use it as a way to navigate smaller rivers that meander and where they need to pass one another. From their perspective, what we do - as pleasure boaters - is quite irrelevant. For us it is very relevant. We are obliged to follow their choices, and if you don't, you may find yourself cut off in the middle of the corner. With a 3 million kilo ship pushing you aground, that's not fun, nor safe.

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