Posts Tagged 'Author Tom Miller'

Rabelo Goes Topless In The Maastricht Marina!

With so much excitement I’m going to need a vacation!  We are tied up in our favorite harbor in Holland, but once again they weren’t thinking of Rabelo when they built the Maastricht Marina. No matter, we somehow managed to squeeze our big girl in.  When Wilco called the harbormaster he refused to let us in.  He said we were too damn big.  Just because the harbormaster said no doesn’t mean we gave up. Wilco had a friend staying on ...

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A Weekend In Helmond | Biking For The First Time In 10 Years

June 18, 2012

Today Lisa and I along with Rabelo reached another milestone. We managed to enter, tie-up, and then exit a lock without any help from Wilco.  I steered and took care of the stern line while Lisa handled the bow line. Rabelo was a good girl and did precisely what I told her to do. At 127 feet and 150 tons our big baby is a lot of boat for two people to handle, and ...

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Sailing The Canals of Holland

We’ve had more excitement.  I know they weren’t thinking of Rabelo when they built Tilburg’s inner harbor, but give me a break. The Dutch take a small harbor and cut it in half by placing a fountain or sculpture right in the middle of their marinas.  When it was time to depart we found it impossible, because of that damn sculpture, to turn around under our own power.  The strong wind blowing up our stern didn’t help. Personally I thought the ...

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Settling Into Cruising Life On Rabelo | The Adventure Continues

We are on our way, but I can’t say that we have settled into the cruising life.  We are still sorting things out on Rabelo, learning how to operate her many systems.  The other night I threw the wrong switch, and we lost all power.  They don’t call me Admiral for nothing. When I say lost power, not only did we not have lights for cooking, but there was no water.  Without water there were no showers and we couldn’t ...

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Finally! Lisa and I Move Into Rabelo!

We did it.  We finally did it.  Lisa and I moved onto Rabelo.

Two days latter we picked up our first guests, Lisa’s brother Jerry and his wife Arlene.

Rather than going directly to Rabelo we decided to spend the day in Bergen op Zoom as there was a jazz festival going on. What a pleasant surprise. A large tent was set up in the town square for the featured bands, ...

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Relishing The Netherland’s Floriade | Awaiting Completion of our Barge’s Outfit

We’ve been in The Netherlands for over two weeks, and I’m going crazy.  The Hotel Old Dutch is clean, and the proprietors are delightful, but it certainly isn’t five star.  How do you say basic?

Then there is the problem of money.  I’ve never seen it disappear so fast.  Between Wilco and his six full time employees, and what Lisa and I are spending to outfit Rabelo we might as well be shredding it.  Fortunately it is ...

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I’m Going Dutch! These People Have It Figured Out!

That does it. I’m going Dutch. What is with these people?  They are thinner than us. They live longer, smoke like chimneys, and eat everything we’re told not to eat.

Today’s lunch was the last straw.  When it came time to order I asked the waiter to help translate the menu.  He graciously proceeded to explain what each item was, and eventually pointed at something that was supposedly their healthy meal. Feeling unusually virtuous, I ordered the healthy meal without asking ...

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We’re Legal To Drive Rabelo! … In Most European Countries…

It’s been a tough week.  All we did was get up, eat breakfast and then head out to shop.  If there were time we’d grab a quick bite for lunch and then back to the stores.  Normally we didn’t eat dinner until after 8:30pm. When we got back to the Hotel Old Dutch we would check our e-mail and then lights out only to repeat the same schedule the next day.

It’s time to take a break.  We are going to ...

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OMG! What has Wilco done to my barge?

We arrived in Bergen op Zoom yesterday after a long and arduous trip.  We traveled by boat, car, plane and train. The only mode of transportation we missed was horseback. Which was a good thing because we had almost 300 pounds of luggage, and I would have felt terrible loading all that on a horse.

Wilco has been hard at work tearing apart my Big Baby.  Rabelo was a mess.  There was even a drill press and table saw in the ...

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The “Bucket” Sailboat Race | Mediocre Finish But Great Adventure!

We managed to avoid the lightning, but in the light winds the fleet was able to catch up.  For the first race we eked out third in class and seventh overall.  The slower boats sailed a shorter course and were able to avoid the squall, which is why they did better.

 

 

For the second race we had another good start.  The first leg was a close reach, and our brain trust decided we needed the Code Zero.  It was the right ...

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