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    Default Late August trip to Holland

    Well so far so good.
    So much quieter with significantly fewer boats about.
    Even managed to moor up on the quay at Willemstad with no rafting.
    Quite a lot of weed about in the fresh water areas which could be an issue with folding props.
    A quick fore and aft sorted out our issue but have seen others struggle.
    Also tried out our new pelagic autohelm from the states which comes with a remote.
    Wow what a difference compared to the Raymarine, so much smoother and quieter and the remote control makes life so much easier, canít imagine life without it now.
    Some things donít change though, Belgian flagged boats are the ones to avoid in a lock!

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    Default Re: Late August trip to Holland

    Hope it continues to go nicely.

    Is the weed tending to block cooling water inlets, as well as foul props?

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    Default Re: Late August trip to Holland

    We were sailing with a friend in his westerly storm and he had noted a lot of stuff in his strainer.
    We have a saildrive, so no strainer, but I noticed a distinct change in exhaust sound on a couple of occasions.
    Fingers crossed........
    Talking engines, we filled up with the new anti bug diesel in middleburg. We burnt 45lt on our way over as there was no wind.
    It’s weird stuff. 10cents a lt more than the standard. However It’s clear and looks like water. Harder to see our fuel level in our plastic tank now.

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    Default Re: Late August trip to Holland

    Quote Originally Posted by Javelin View Post
    We were sailing with a friend in his westerly storm and he had noted a lot of stuff in his strainer.
    We have a saildrive, so no strainer, but I noticed a distinct change in exhaust sound on a couple of occasions.
    Fingers crossed........
    Talking engines, we filled up with the new anti bug diesel in middleburg. We burnt 45lt on our way over as there was no wind.
    Itís weird stuff. 10cents a lt more than the standard. However Itís clear and looks like water. Harder to see our fuel level in our plastic tank now.
    Do you mean the GTL (Gas-to-Liquid) Diesel substitute? I have heard mixed reports. Most seem to agree it burns much cleaner and is much less sensitive to Diesel bug. Some have reported problems with older engines, as GTL has the tendency to make engine seals and gaskets shrink (i.e. to swell less than they would with ordinary Diesel), potentially causing all kinds of problems. It also has about 10-15% lower energy density, i.e. you burn through more of it for a given engine output.

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    Default Re: Late August trip to Holland

    Yes that’s the stuff. Not had any issues, however my engine Is circa 2005.
    Interesting re power, as at 2500 I’m usually at 6.5knt but I noticed today I was only on 6.2knts in no wind/tide/flat water.

    Possibly a major diplomat incident in the making though.
    A yacht pulled in flying the cruising association burgee above the courtesy ensign from the starboard spreader.
    It’s also well past sundown and his cruising association blue ensign is still up.
    Wouldn’t normally bother me but when I said good evening, he blanked me and walked off.
    Grrrr
    Last edited by Javelin; 01-09-19 at 19:01.

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    Default Re: Late August trip to Holland

    Quote Originally Posted by Javelin View Post
    Yes that’s the stuff. Not had any issues, however my engine Is circa 2005.
    Interesting re power, as at 2500 I’m usually at 6.5knt but I noticed today I was only on 6.2knts in no wind/tide/flat water.

    Possibly a major diplomat incident in the making though.
    A yacht pulled in flying the cruising association burgee above the courtesy ensign from the starboard spreader.
    It’s also well past sundown and his cruising association blue ensign is still up.
    Wouldn’t normally bother me but when I said good evening, he blanked me and walked off.
    Grrrr
    Oh yes. One of those. I'd have a word with the HM and cause him some grief.

    Returning late can be great fun. We were late coming back from the Baltic and passed though the Netherlands in early September, and had a splendid time. We swanned through the big locks on our own mostly, and took a perverse delight in stopping whole motorways at bridges just for us. I hope the crossing goes well.
    Far away is near at hand in images of elsewhere

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    Default Re: Late August trip to Holland

    Late August in the Netherlands is a great time, once the Dutch schools have gone back, then most of the Dutch boats are not clogging up the locks etc. The Dutch schools have staggered holidays, so it can be hard to work out when the summer holidays finish.
    However, there is one weekend that it's best to avoid - the weekend of the big 24 hour race centred around Ijsselmeer and ending at Medembleck. I think it is held on the last weekend of August. Many hundred boats take part - there are a couple of dozen starting points around Ijsselmeer and Markermeer on the Saturday afternoon, but all the boats end at Medemblick 24 hours later. They can take whatever course they want between various buoys and locks, and the winners are calculated using all the data, in some complicated way. This means that all the locks are full of frustrated racing boats, and you are likely to be shouted at if you inadvertantly get in the way of someone trying to round a buoy for no obvious reason! Actually, it all seems to be quite friendly and relaxed - as far as racing yachts ever are relaxed. We are often in the Netherlands at that time, and tend to make sure we are well away from the race!

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    Default Re: Late August trip to Holland

    Quote Originally Posted by Javelin View Post
    We were sailing with a friend in his westerly storm and he had noted a lot of stuff in his strainer.
    We have a saildrive, so no strainer, but I noticed a distinct change in exhaust sound on a couple of occasions.
    Fingers crossed.......
    Have done the southern canals many times since 1970 but never single handed. So last week, after leaving Ostend, before heading home,I thought that I would have a go at passing through Flushing & up to Middleburgh to see how I got on getting into a box single handed.
    Just as I was about to go into the lock I picked up a net in the prop.I managed to limp to Middleburgh with the help of a really kind Dutch sailor who hung back to drag the convoy out so I could get through all the bridges.
    IMG_0535.JPG
    At Middleburgh there was some teenagers swimming & although I offered them 20 euros to dive under and remove the net they could not.
    An elderly Dutch chap waved his stick at them & said that when he was their age he would have dived all day for a guilder let alone 20 euros.
    In the end I had to do it myself & cut my legs & ankles on the pontoon to which I had parked for this operation.
    I then went on to a box & noted that they are not cleats but stupid rings at the bow end(I had forgotten this) but even though i was SH I managed it without hitting the bow & hardly touched the posts both going in & coming out
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    Really pleased so will be going for a longer holiday next year on my own
    On the way in I went through the commercial lock & on the way out the sport lock, so I did them both.
    Last edited by Daydream believer; 05-09-19 at 16:29.
    It is all down to the fact that my wife does not understand me !!

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    Default Re: Late August trip to Holland

    Great stuff, well done & an informative post.
    Do you use a thick line along the hull when going into the box

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    Default Re: Late August trip to Holland

    Well done you.
    Getting off my boat is a pain over the bow so I normally reverse in but if single handed I can see I could get into a whole lot of pain.
    The locks hold no fear for me these days except for the one on the way to Willemstad as there’s a lot of flow in and out.
    The remote on my autopilot is superb though and enables me to do far more with swmbo down below.
    All I would like now is a remote for the engine throttle and I’d be well and truly sorted.
    I shall have a word with Mat, at work about that.......

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