Sunday, December 20, 2009
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
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The runway here is short... There actually is a bar there at the beach to see it yourself with a drink etc.
I am curently parked near the entrance to the bridge to the Lagoon, so i just Google the names of the nice boats and I moostly get to see all about the ships...
I have to look into this mather..
2 At 0400 (I was asleep in back of Condor) I wake up because of horn sounds and lights. When I get out I apear to be swept of my anchor and ended several 100m further infront of a large ' Mega' Motor boat Big Aron. I'm just 20 m infront of it. It takes me 2-3 minutes to start engine..
3 After all this time I'm still infront of motor boat, how is this possible, has my dragging achor caught his and is that holding me?
After some time I finally get the anchore above water (hand power) and there is an other chain around it. It takes some time to get the havy chain of my anchor and it is not his.. So I caught a left anchor chain while slipping my anchor through the Simpson Bay and just caught something befor I hit this boat..
It is light now, I can see that I would have been out at sea if this boat and or left anchor chain would not have been there..
Ofcourse anything can happen if anchor fails to hold suddenly. I missed the other boats I was infront and just slipped out without hitting anything..
NB I have all power of to save power, so no anchor alarm, no light outside no VHF16 on... Only a few of the smaller boats like me actually have lights on etc..
Sunday, December 13, 2009
I'm here at Mc Donalds, my only way to connect to the world in St Maarten..
My phone receves your sms, I see 5 call's missed but i can not call or sms, very strange..
OK, I decided to do more sailing when I was at Grenada aftre one night sailing (I left Trinidad 09/12 at 1600), so i did not go in but went on,
i tried to mail from ther boat but it would not work, so sorry for that.
I had a lot of wind but was very nice, only thing I arrived ad 3 am (13/12) and it was very dark, so I waited outside.. (Tired and with a lot of wind anchoring in between I do not know how many boats is not a good idea) This waiting was the real hard part, boat not rely moving, left right about, so things broke.. Also your XMAS chocholate thing, i had put in fridge (otherwhise it melts) but now it was squashed and I have a layer of chocolate every where.. ahh, pitty
I came in this morning, tried phone.. nothing.
Anchor was draging, etc etc. I just cleared in an went for thr yachtclub.. no internet, so..
Mc Donalds it is, where there is free internet, and my only way to communicate at the moment, sorry.
Well, the new rigging works very well, I had 20+knots of wind almost all the time, and the new added backstays work very well, no pumping of the mast any more, a safe situation.
At Grenada I already heard my auto pilot hydrolics pump make strange sounds, but was still working, so that was also a reason to go on, see what the problem was/is and if it failed, I would find a way out. It still works, but makes other alarming sounds, but here at St Maarten is probably a solution to be found, and for the rest, problems are never over. The wind meters (2) worked at the beginning, one stoped after a day and the next a day later, so I could not see how much wind it actually was, and notr the direction. That is nice when going up wind to see how good everything is compaired to the wind etcd etc.
The mail thing did not work, so no wind info, just go and see. The installer is here at SXM, a electo expert, so maybe he cvan help me with the auto pilot. windexes and also with battery problems, or he will hopefully know where to go..
I payed 3 weeks here (20us/week just to anchore) so I will be here for XMAS and old/new I think..
Probably I get internet to morrow on board, so beter connection with the rest of the world.
I have to find my 'chippy' phone card and other phone, then you can try
00 599 58 11 695
my antillies nr if it still works
I go on.. to sleep, it is 1300 here now, 34gr blue and windy.. no sleep, relax, maybe a book, and a rum or so and coke..
Tuesday, December 8, 2009
I will probably be there at 0500 or something like that, so no hurry. Will be rough ride 20-25 knots, maybe more..
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
Saturday, November 14, 2009
What next, well I probably will leave Tuesday and go to Curacao. It is not the best plan there is, because it will be long upwind to get to St Maarten or something like that later.... Time will tell.
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Sunday, October 25, 2009
Saturday, September 26, 2009
on shore.. Cascais 20+8, Las Palmas 20+8= 56 days living at 4m high..
Now place between 2 metal things in water and shore, palm tree 1m from my boat until 26th of October... Waiting for engine solution
NY was good to be, 55 FD's, and a lot of people I know, 8 nights in a normal bed, nice temperature... very good..
5-14 sept I was in NY to sail Flying Dutchman races on the Hudson, next to the Statue of Liberty. All part of 400 year NewYork ..
www.ny400.org/events.php I sail with Peter van Veen in FD 69 (bownr 33)
more pictures and stories on http://www.sailfd.com/
Sunday, August 9, 2009
Here you see the crack in the cylinder head, and metal parts found in the rest of the block..
bey bey Mercedes om 636. The bill was dated 30/07/08, a fully revised block from Drinkwaard Rotterdam.... Since then only 94 hours used
Monday, July 20, 2009
Tomorrow I move to Powerboat where I'll be in calmer water, here at Peake it's rocking and rolling. There I'll be able to do some work on the mast etc..
Yesterday I was with friends at Maracas beach, nice drive to the otherside of the island though the rainforrest. and then perfect big beach with hte palmtrees and nice waves to play in.
Sunday, July 12, 2009
Saturday, July 11, 2009
Friday, July 10, 2009
Full sails on almoost up wind and soon my wind indicator started making warnig sounds: 30knots or more wind. It stayed making the sound for an hour and a half, I could not get it shut down in the dark..
But sailing was great, 8.5 and over 9 knots all the time, I gave the main a little and kept going perfectly.. Boat was very ok, only I lost 2 sail battens, ok, sails of and to sailmaker, have it made better.
It was only 90 miles, at 9 knots thats only 10 hours, and I did not want to arrive at 0300 (was expecting way less wind) so when we ran into a lot of lightning I put in 2 reefs and roled the genoa half away..
Nice entry to Trinidad trough rough landscape and havy currents, need to get work done on engine now, the clutch is slipping.. slow speeds..
Through customs and immigration at 1100 and found nice parking space at Peake and have dinner now with Kiki and Thomas at their Catamaran which is on shore for repair.. Also Jan van de Bollemaat is anchored just in front of me, he knows everything here on the island.. good
So, everything fine here, wet and warm, and internet.. (almoost)perfect
Wednesday, July 8, 2009
Visit Kiki and Tomas with their Catemeran Kiki on shore at http://www.peakeyachts.com/ with anchoring in front for me.
See if they there know a solution for my rigging and have a look around and ...
Computer shit apears to be over, so hd with importand boat programs works again, had a few bad sectors at the wrong place..
Monday, July 6, 2009
lijk ik toch weer de baas te zijn over een van mijn Laptops, de ouwe Acer, ik heb alle eerdere anti virus programma's (waaronder het net aangeschafte CA 50$) er afgegooit en nu AVG8.5 free (trail neem ik aan) en ik heb plotseling, lijkt wel, volledige controle over mijn laptop, hij loopt niet eens meer vast, en internet verbinding is permanent en geeft nauwlijks problemen, uitzending gemist kijken is een weinig hakkelig, prima te doen tegen voorheen helemaal niet.
Blij blij blij.
Das lekker zeg, een werkend aparaat.
Enige wat me wel zorgen baart is dat AVG dan ook niks vind, zeer apart.
Ga ik morgen naar een winkel waar ze misschien iets meer kunnen met de HD van mn nieuwe, misschien kunnen ze daar CA ook wel afkrijgen en doet hij het misschien weer.
Overegens had (of heb ik nog?) een Trojan: Frethog. Dat heeft alleen tot doel om je passwoorden te stelen.. MELD AUB ALLE 'RAARE' MAILS als ze van mij lijken te komen..
AVG scant ook mijn uitgaande mails nu.. Ik hoop dat ik iets vind zo, want ik vind het maar niks..
Friday, July 3, 2009
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
There are 3 other dutch boats and Germans, Belgium's, US and Canadians. Sunday I toured around the island with a American couple who rented a car, and we visited 7 falls, a nice walk through the 'Forrest' to is were it was nice to swim under the falls..
I play pool and watch films with other dutch, swim every day, and also every day something breaks down again, so always something to repair. last night the 2 weeks old inverter (12V to 220V) broke down, strange, nobody understands, its the 2nd in 4 weeks, so what do you do, buy a new one? Yeah, no choice..
Since Trinidad is very warm, and high crime (6 death a day) so I stay here for a while I think now, but things may change, and here you have to be able to move out quickly since it is at the edge of Hurricane risk area, so we will see..
for now... Cheers Han
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
Best place to go out is Banana's at prickly bay, I'll move there soon probably
800 I'm behind Grenada now, little wind so 2 more hours to St George where I'll stay first and do customs etc. Trip was fine, nothing broken, only lost one fender.. so 370nm in 3 days, last 24 hours fastest 140.., but now slowly to the end..
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
1435 Blue skies again, clouds run very high up.. cource 165 6knts, nice at the moment
1200 wind drops 20 again
1000 I can do 140 now, pick up some hight, and with 15 knots wind speed is over 6 knots now. Sky is blue behind me, gray in front..
At night the wind was 18 nots SE, and still is, so I can only make 185, should be 165.. Upwind the condor does now 4.8 knots at 50gr to the wind, so I need E=90gr to make it to Grenada, very interesting, not really nice going upwind against the current at low speed..
So, only 95 miles yesterday, there is a position report somewhere, but here the numbers 14.16.4N 62.28.0W at 0741 here. Sun is shining now, looks way better because yesterday was strange..
Monday, June 15, 2009
Sunday, June 14, 2009
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
Monday, June 8, 2009
The inverter (12V to 220V) blew up, same as the normal adapter, so today I bought some new of thos, and 2 of each, I really need them nowadays...
The new fridge works good, nice cold drinks, but batteries do not like it, this morning fridge was 9grC, because batteries were low..
New plan is to leave Wednesday or Thursday, and go to Grenada in one go, 5 day's I think, hope I can make it against the current and halve/upwind..