At the end of the last blog we thought that we’re going to start the discussion about our purchase in this blog, but we can’t really do that without first saying a few words of thanks to the people that helped us with travel arrangements, boat viewings, and generally ferrying us around Friesland to make all of our plans possible.
First of all we would like to thank Tony from BowcrestMarine Ltd for swiftly putting us in touch with Sjoerd Kampen from Scheepsmakelaardij Goliath for us to organise going to The Netherlands in the first instance. We then have to say a big thank you Sjoerd Kampen for arranging our accommodation in Sneek, for us, chauffeured us to and from our accommodation to most of the boats we viewed each day, and fed us bread, cheese and copious amounts of coffee at lunchtimes.
Our thanks also go to Also, Auch for re-arranging his schedule to take us to view a boat in Den Helder, and for imparting your interesting knowledge about the area. It was fascinating travelling over Aflsluitdijk, and incredible to think that we were about 4 metres below sea level whilst driving along the n99.
Thanks also to Kees Kaptijn from Jachtbemiddleling van de Veen for liaising with the previous owners, organising the repairs for the boat, and the paperwork for the sale. We very much value his continued support on this (and for answering our seemingly endless questions!!). Also, we now have permission from Jachtbemiddleling de Veen to show the pictures of the boat directly on the blog (these were originally shown with a link to their website in the first blog whilst we were gaining permission to use them).
Finally, our thanks go to Klaas, who is the owner of Stadslogement Westersingel, Sneek. Both the room and the breakfast were lovely, and she was very flexible about our last minute extra night’s stay as well.
Preliminary work before going to collect the barge
We would really like to emphasise that we have been very well looked after by everyone we have met or had contact with so far. The latest news is that Hiljo has had a satisfactory survey and hull report. However, she does need more anodes, and her prop shaft is rather rusty. So to make sure we have a safe journey home the boat is currently out of the water at the moment having a new prop shaft, and more anodes fitted.
In our next blog we will look in more detail at the purchase process