Saturday, July 2, 2016

Our last cruise

After being dropped in the water of the Delaware we say good bye to the vessel that transported       Le reve across the Atlantic,  and we are on our last cruise to Annapolis before offering her for sale.

After a 6 hour run down the Delaware and the C & D canal we anchored at "Still Pond"  in the north end of the Chesapeake. We enjoyed a cocktail  and a beautiful sun set.
Possibly our last on Le reve.
What a terrific experience, and what memories we made.

Unloading Le reve

 After the two of the yachts behind us are moved further aft on the deck there is room to move Le reve.

While Joanne, and the captain of the Singelgracht are watching, Le reve is being prepared to be lifted.

 The slings are in place and she is going up!
Up while everyone is watching.

Up Up and away!!!

 Up and away all the way to the aft of the Singelgracht where there is room to be dropped over the starboard side.
And down she goes into the water of the Delaware river.

What a trooper!!!

Next, Chester Pennselvania

On June 27th the Singelgracht arrived in Chester Pa. the plan was to unload Le reve first after she was docked. However there was no room on the dock, and the Singelgracht had to anchor out at the "Marcus Hook" anchorage and wait for room on the dock of "Penn Terminal"
As it turned out the Singelgracht was not able to dock until Wednesday July 29th. After she docked the base cargo had to be unloaded first. This was huge structural steel sections for a very large new development called " Hudson yards" These sections were absolutely humongous solid steel sections, some weighing several hundred tons. To see more of the huge development look up "Hudson yards" in New York.

After the base cargo was unloaded the hatch had to be closed, and several yachts had to be moved before le reve could be unloaded.

We spent Wednesday night on board of le reve, still loaded on the Singelgracht. We really appreciated that the captain allowed us to stay on board. We had a first hand look at unloading, moving of the other vessels, and unloading of Le reve. What an experience.

The Singelgracht at anchor at the Marcus Hook anchorage.
As we had lots of time we took our car to Annapolis and came back to the Penn Terminal with a rental car. After going to security the car got a clearance number put on top allowing it to stay on the terminal grounds while a security vehicle took us to the dock where the Singelgracht was docked. 

moving through the gangway from the back of the boat to the front, where we had to go up to the top deck where Le reve was situated. 

Le reve strapped down to the top deck along with several other yachts.   Some where unloaded in New port RI, the first port after the crossing.

An other picture of Le reve aboard the Singelgracht.

Some of the structural sections in the hold below deck.
there is actually an other hold below the one shown. After the holds are unloaded the huge doors (shown vertical in this picture) are closed and the yachts other than Le reve are moved on top of it and le reve can be unloaded.

Le reve loaded on the "Singelgracht

On June 5 th Lereve was taken along side the "Singelgracht" the transporting vessel from "Seven Stars". Arend Bonsink performed the move from the Marina to the Singelgracht, as I could not be there for that.
 "Monfalcone Italy"
Le reve, was the first yacht loaded after the base cargo was loaded in the bottom hold.

Friday, May 20, 2016

Monfalcone Italy

We had a nice cruise to Monfalcone . Left at 10.00 hr arrived at 17.15.

First thing we saw from way back was a large cruise ship. As we got closer we realized it was a new ship being build for Princess Cruises, the "majestic Princess" She was only started last year ( June 2015) And it is scheduled to be ready to cruise sometime next year (2017) We were amazed how much was achieved in less than a year. The interesting part is that the "Eurodam" we saw in Venice was build by the same shipyard.
It is obvious that Italy, and particularly Monfalcone has a major ship building industry.

 May 20 and we have the boat ready to be moved along side whenever the transport vessel arrives. So we went for a drive and ended up in Slovinia. It is not far from Monfalcone so we had a nice view of the Slovanian country side. 


Porec to Venice

Being we made real good time coming from Preveza, and Tom and Dan had to leave from Venice on the 18th we made a side trip to Venice. we docked in the same marine "st Elena Marina"where we were last year.
 Going for a walk to the "fish" market

 Everything is nice and green this time of the year

The Italian navy had a large old sailing vessel docked close to St Marco square.
 When we came back with the "water bus" we saw a Holland America cruise ship the Eurodam come into Venice with two tug's guiding the ship to port. One on the front, and one on the back.

    Back from the fish market with 2 1/2 kg of mussels, and a bunch of shrimp. Remco prepared an awesome dish of "spaghetti and shrimp. Yum yum!!!

   Time to say good "farewell" to Dan and Tom.
And Remco and I went on to Monfalcone our end destination.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016


We arrived in Porec on May 15th. The crew asked around for recommendations for a good restaurant and we came up with a good one.
What made it even better was that the waitress came from the same village in Macedonia as Tom's mother. What is the chances of that!?!?
  Also we met 4 young ladies from Austria who were studying in Slovenia. One of the four had a birthday and they went to Porec to celebrate. They came by the boat and off course the crew made small talk with them. Next thing you know they were on the boat.
The girl who,s birthday it was wanted to go on a boat so she was delighted to be aboard.

   The girl in the captain's chair is the one who celebrated her birthday.