Our Barge, Odysseus

Tuesday, July 03, 2007

Tuesday, July 3

Well that was optimistic! We had the one beautiful day but it's been cloudy and rainy every since. That delayed the launch by one day so as I write this at 7:30 am, we'll be going in the water this afternoon.

Remember This?

This is what it looks like in the boatyard!

That didn't stop us from spending our first night on the boat. We moved a big box of our IKEA haul inside and slept on a double bed for the first time in ages. Earlier I made a crack about the "Dutch double." I'm not sure exactly what the deal is here but everywhere we stayed we were faced with two twin beds instead of the double bed we're used to. The hotel in Maastricht even wanted to charge us an extra E15 for what they called a "deluxe" room.
We've run into a couple of little hitches during the haulout. It turns out the fancy battery charger doesn't work so that had to go to a shop in Amsterdam to be repaired: that will probably take a week or so. We haven't figured out how to make the demand hot water heater work either. Maybe we're just not holding our mouths right but we'll keep trying. The galley is pretty much complete with it's new stove and lowered counter top. It's still a little too high but maybe we'll get a stool. There's only one more little bit of interior painting that needs to be done (as opposed to wants to be done) and once we get in the water there are some engine issues to deal with but at least we'll be floating.

Cathy Jo doing what she does.

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