IJsselstein (U) - Haastrecht (Stein) (ZH)

  • Monday 24.05.2021 7:06PM

    Before we start talking anything different we cannot skip the subject ‘often dreadful weather’, as experienced already for a (too) long period of time. This...

  • Monday 24.05.2021 9:30PM

    ...is what it looked like on the evening of Monday the 24th of May. Very ominous initially – later on followed by a colourful, magnificent, sunset.

Perhaps you remember the wrecked floor inside our wheelhouse, caused by a leaking central heating radiator. Yes, we still need the central heating system occasionally. We contacted a repairman who advertised himself in a display case in the harbour area. Therefore we decided to stay one more day in Jachthaven Marnemoende (IJsselstein). We called him. No answer. Afterwards he whatsapped us, promising he’d call that day. In spite of that we left IJsselstein on Tuesday on 10:30AM, our destination being Oudewater. Since the repairman lives in IJsselstein it would not be an insurmountable problem to travel to Oudewater. However, he never called us… This is where we were able to moor in the centre of Oudewater. The engine was switched off at 12:37PM. We were, by the way, lucky to find this spot. Over a distance of about 75 metres there’s a designated mooring space for passers by – electricity and water available too (AanUit system). The three small(er) boats in front of our ship are moored there permanently, despite the sign indicating a maximum of 72 hours (3 days/nights). They even are positioned in a way that only small boats are able to moor. Our space is a (lucky) exception. Municipality of Oudewater, do something about it!

  • Floor repair (I)

    In Oudewater we decided to try to fix the swollen floor ourselves. So we removed five planks, bought a new plank (pinewood instead of oakwood), cut two pieces to size, because two of the old oak planks were too deformed by the leaking system, and started replacing the planks. We thought it to be an easy job, but the tongue and groove of the pinewood planks did not exactly...

  • Floor repair (II)

    ...fit into the existing old planks. (Or are we just too clumsy or inexperienced?) Anyway, we were forced to make a plank narrower by cutting is lengthwise. The result is good – for the time being, that is. It is not a huge problem, because (1) the floor will be covered by an additional plywood floor and (2) coming winter we’ll (ourselves?) accomplish a definitive solution.

  • Floor repair (III)

    This pictures are just meant to show off – a little bit, because we do not...

  • Floor repair (IV)

    ...have a full-fledged do-it-yourselfer on board. Even our dog fully approves!

  • Boldness (I)

    Apart from being in-the-way one of the owners of the illegal moored boats broke up(!) the street and installed a cable...

  • Boldness (II)

    ...underneath the paving stones. Given the lax attitude of the municipality, you don't even have to be a hero to do this...

Another example of shamelessness. When passing this bridge any boat has to pay € 2,00. There are several signs on either side of the bridge informing the approaching boats. However, we witnessed a boat -with an all-male crew of three- passing the bridge just looking in front of them and ignoring(!) the developing situation, being the bridge-keeper clearly offering them his little clog on a sort of fishing rod. Later on we spoke to the bridge-keeper. He told us that this was not even the worst as some boaters put a hand inside the clog, thus pretending to pay. When checked by the bridge-keeper the clog is… yes, empty! Fortunately 95% pays (we did!) said the bridge-keeper. He almost sounded relieved. There’s no way to make them pay afterwards, because the next bridge is too far away and/or automated. Only the name of the violating boat is written down. How measly one must be for a mere € 2,00!

The double beam drawbridge in the centre of Oudewater dates back to 1860 and was fabricated/constructed by the Cosijn company in nearby Gouda. Perhaps this was the proprietor: https://www.geni.com/people/Cornelis-Cosijn/6000000018844619177. (It’s always a real adventure to dig in the past!) Nowadays the bridge not only still is in working order, operation is even automated!

  • Historic houses

    Oudewater (see https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oudewater) is a very old little town – dating from before 1200AD. Among other things its Heksenwaag (Witches’ Scales) is world-famous. It’s still possible to be weighed there and to obtain a document, proving one’s not a witch.

  • Memorable plaque

    (That could come in handy one day!) Back to the pictures now. The left on shows two lovely historic residential houses. In the façade of one of them the plaque shows the text ‘vrede is rijckdom’ (now written ‘rijkdom’), meaning ‘peace is wealth’. They already knew that in 1643AD.

We left Oudewater on Friday the 28th (yes, we confess, one night overstay) at 11.45AM. The first bridge on our way, at Hekendorp, was out-of-order. Initially the traffic-lights indicated a well working bridge but all of a sudden the process stopped and the bridge remained closed. An oncoming boat turned out to be able to pass, after which the bridge remained opened. We did not dare to pass (and the road-traffic was stopped, too) because, if the bridge would lower while we pass, who’s to pay for the damage to our little ship and the bridge? So we phoned the given number in case of an emergency and waited patiently. For 1 hour and 8 minutes, to be exact, after which a turned up mechanic gestured us to go. Phew! This bridge, is called the Wilhelmina van Pruisenbrug (brug = bridge) after the consort of William V of Orange. She was stopped nearby on the 28th of Juni 1787. See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wilhelmina_of_Prussia,_Princess_of_Orange – and related pages, never to stop reading. History!

Our plan was to reach Gouda on that day, the Friday. Because of the delay in Hekendorp we decided to stay in Haastrecht (‘almost straight’) instead – especially when we noticed the mooring possibility. So here we are after switching off the engine at 14:19PM. In fact it in Stein, on the north bank of the canalized river. Stein became a part of Haastrecht in 1870; Haastrecht became a part of de municipality of Krimpenerwaard in 2014. For Haastrecht’s national monuments (a lot!), see https://nl.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lijst_van_rijksmonumenten_in_Haastrecht (Dutch).

It happens sometimes that a real large ship navigates the river. This one, from Gouda, is not only large – it’s a beauty too.

On the other bank, diagonally opposite from where we are, is the ‘Museum Paulina Bisdom van Vliet’ located. It’s inside a former (big) private residence. This is its rear with garden, especially pictured because of the (red leafed) beech. The tree -two years of age at the time- was planted in 1694 by Adriaan Bisdom (van Vliet) on the occasion of the completion of the building. It is almost certain the oldest (red leafed) beech of The Netherlands. Imagine: 329 years of age! The house of Adriaan and his wife Elisabeth Wijckerhelt was demolished in 1874. His descendant Marcellus Bisdom van Vliet had a new house built on this spot. After his death, the house was occupied by his daughter Paulina and her husband Johan Jacob le Fèvre de Montigny. The house has been a museum since 1923, as Paulina stipulated in her will. It is well worth a visit. (We are told that the entire will will be opened 100 years after the passing away of Paulina Bisdom van Vliet, on the 1st of June 2023. That seems to be very exciting for tenants of farms that are still in the possession of the heirs.) See www.bisdomvanvliet.nl and https://nl.wikipedia.org/wiki/Museum_Paulina_Bisdom_van_Vliet (both only in Dutch – use Google Translate if necessary).

This week’s statistics.

Engine ran during 3 hours and 30 minutes (3,5 hours) – Tuesday 2,1, Friday 1,4 hours. Still progressing – but easy does it.

Generator this week 0 (zero) hours. AanUit system in Oudewater. Sun in Haastrecht.

Weather: not very good on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Then, all of a sudden, later on Friday it’s summer! Especially Saturday and today are brilliant.

Hope to see you next week again!