What an amazing experience – 300 miles on a bike from New York to Raleigh

I would like to thank everyone for their support, especially the generous donations and the overwhelming reception at the Raleigh office.

This trip was an amazing experience and I’m so glad that I could take part.
I did a little video every day to capture the spirit and excitement (it is not very fancy but I tried my best after each full day of action) 🙂
If you are interested here are the videos on YouTube:

Day4 (including reception in Raleigh)

I was able to raise $1,120 and the campaign in total has raised $236,934 so far for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, which is absolutely incredible!!!!

Tour de Credit Suisse Americas


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Finally, we doing progress

So we have waited for a long time and the time has come that the hull is not drying any further. That means we are ready to laminate. The peeler came back and started to laminate for 3 days now. Overall his work should take a total of 2 weeks. The boat is about half laminated right now:

It is always exciting to see progress. So the bottom should be done by the end of the month.
What we also want to do is to install a heating system, Jolanda should not be cold even in winter. At a minimum we want to heat the master bedroom and the saloon. The heater will run with the diesel from the tanks so we can save a bit on the electricity.
We need to decide between:
Airtronic Air Heaters ($$)
– Fast, direct interior heating.
– Fresh air or circulating air heater.
– Pre-selectable room temperature.
– Ideal for retrofitting.
– Can be used as cabin ventilation without heating.
Hydronic Water Heaters ($$$$)
– As central heating with supply and return pipes, as well as radiators, convectors or fan radiators.
– Precise control by radiator thermostats.
– Heat the domestic water in addition to the passenger compartment.
– Pre-heating the engine.

Of course there is some difference in pricing, so lets see what the marina is coming back tomorrow.

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Options, options, options….

People have been asking what we will be doing for the winter. That’s a good question…. We do have interesting options:

1. (M+J-L) Marcus and Jolanda could stay at a good friends place in Union City, but they don’t allow cats
2. (M+L-J) Luna and Marcus could stay at another good friends place in Brooklyn minus Jolanda (because the landlord is around during the day and it would be better not to see Jolanda working from home
3. (L-M-J) Luna minus Marcus and Jolanda can stay at a great cat sitter’s home in New Jersey
4. (M+J+L+$$$) All of us could stay possible at a 1 bedroom apartment in New Jersey city (Jolanda will have a look at it on Sunday)
5. (M+J+L+$$-BED) All of us could stay in a 1 bedroom apartment unfurnished in Hoboken – challenging as our furniture is in storage and we prefer not to mess with the furniture until our boat comes.

Stay tuned….

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Fundraising for the first time

    Some shameless self-promotion:

I’m extremely grateful to be able to join the CS team for an incredible bike ride leaving the CS New York office on October 12th and arriving at the CS Raleigh campus on Oct 15th. With stop offs in Philadelphia, Washington DC and the border of Virginia, I will be covering around 300 miles on the saddle.
I have set up a fundraising account for anyone who wants to contribute to this charity:
CS Charity Bike Ride

Thanks to everyone for the support and hopefully I will survive this ride just 5 days after the Chicago Marathon.
Fingers crossed!

P.S> This is not the bike I will ride from NYC to Raleigh, but I liked the engraving “YOU ARE THE ENGINE”.

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New Challenges

After coming to terms that we will not move into our boat until April next year, we decided to stay on the temporary boat as long as we can. Despite getting wet while raining and not having a functioning bathroom, Jolanda and Luna are enjoying their time on the boat too much.

Unfortunately the apartment we were planning to stay over the winter announced that they do not allow cats in the building any more, so now we have to find a place to stay from October to April. If anyone has a recommendation for a studio or 1 bedroom apartment not too far away for a reasonable price, or somebody would like to look after Luna, please let us know.

Marcus created a Facebook page for Luna, so you can follow what she is doing and also talk to Marcus on Messenger since Luna’s paws do not fit the keyboard.
Luna the Explorer

In the meantime the latest progress on our boat shows very little improvement that the hull is drying to acceptable levels. Mid September the lamination will start on the side which has already acceptable readings, also the transom will be peeled as well. All major items from the survey will be addressed, interior woodwork has been finished and broken window will be replaced. In addition the boat will needed to be winterized, we are still debating if we need to shrink wrap the boat or not.

Last weekend we have been invited to a friends place Upstate NY at a very nice house in the woods. It’s so beautiful and it’s magical to have a real bed, toilette and shower! It was a 5 hr drive and we had to leave Luna back in NJ. First time she spend a few nights at a boarding home for animals. She was definitely not happy to be locked into a small box in a room with other cats. Hopefully she will not be upset for too long.

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so near and yet so far…..

You know the feeling somebody talks about their boyfriend but he might not exist as no one has seem him yet? This is a bit the feeling we have with our beautiful boat Sky’s The Limit…..

It has been raining for weeks in the DC area and Europe has an incredible heatwave (can’t we have it here). As a result the hull of the boat is not drying at all, so two weeks ago the marina has made very little progress on on the boat. They can’t give us a realistic completion date any more. There is some peeling and grinding left before we can start laminating. So after all the efforts, extra measurements and additional money spend it was truly a devastating day to hear this.

Jolanda had a hard time to cope with the uncertainty this summer. Also living on the temporary boat (no proper shower, toilet and water leaks during rain) and lack of sleep is getting to her so we decide to PULL THE PLUG

…. meaning we will not get the boat up to New Jersey this year. We leave Sky’s the Limit down in Maryland and pick it up in Spring 2019.

Unfortunately Mark our favorite broker and owner of the temporary boat, we are staying on, smelled money as soon as he has heard the news and made us a “reasonable” offer …. NOT. So now we have until the weekend to figure something out, we might be able to stay on a friends boat for another 10 days on the same pier but then we will be homeless again and need to leave the Marina (but still paying the slip for the rest of the season).

Our dream would be to stay the next two month on the marina and then sublet a small apartment close by to bring us through the winter. So if you have any contacts who are looking for a short term renter with a very lovely cat please let us know.

As I’m writing this Jolanda is sailing so she still enjoys spending time on the water. So it is going to be interesting where we are going to end up. Stay tuned…….

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Luna on the move

This weekend we spend another night away from the marina. On Saturday we went to our favorite workout class in Tompkins Square Park. If you like to join check out the meetup group: MR Calisthenics
Luna enjoyed the company as well:

Afterwards we went to a beer garden in Queens to celebrate the Swiss National Day. This was a great event to catch up with our Swiss friends we have not seen for a long time. Congratulation to Andreas, after the engagement he also got a job offer. Also we meet Elsbeth one of the coolest members of the Swiss Society.

In the meantime Luna enjoyed our hotel room.

After a morning coffee in Queens, Luna was happy to be back on the boat again. Unfortunately no news from our boat, it is just too much rain and humidity for the hull to dry to acceptable limits so we can start laminating. Tomorrow is the next call with the marina and we hope there is some measurable progress. Fingers crossed.

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Weekend away from the marina

Last weekend we rented a car and drove up to our favorite place in New Paltz / NY next to the skydiving dropzone “Skydive The Ranch”. Having a big bed and a shower with bathtub was a real treat. Here you can see how happy I was:

We got the chance to catch up with old friends and also made friends (Roe’s puppy dog I shared the back bench in her car). Luna enjoyed the time in the countryside as well exploring the nature.

We had a great hike, BBQ at the house and a tent-crawl at the Ranch. Thanks very much to our friends Roe, Edna, Grainne, Eugene, Christian and Danish to join us on our little vacation from the Marina life.

And now back to the boat 🙂

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Weekly Update: Good and Bad News

Ok first the bad news:
We did a Facetime call with the Marina and they explained to us that the moisture at the side of the bottom is acceptable to get laminated, but the bottom is not. So we have two choices: (1) do another surface peel which will of course cost us money and a delay of 2 weeks, or (2) heat the bottom with industrial heaters to make it dry faster, which will add another 4-6 weeks to the completion date.
We decided to go for option 1. So fingers crossed that next week the peeling starts and all moisture will be acceptable all around.

Also our good friend Ewa who is cat-sitting our cat Luna is going on holiday, so we needed to find a new home for her. Initially we hoped that Luna is getting along with another friends cat so she can stay at her place until our boat is here in NJ. Unfortunately this did not work out, we could just prevent a fight between the cats. On the bright side, Luna loves the boating life and she now lives on our boat. She is exploring the boat and marina and people seem to like her as well. We are so happy to have her back and that she is calming us down when we had stress during the day.

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On the final stretch

Last weekend Jolanda and I visited our boat in Maryland. Jolanda was down in Annapolis for a sailing course and I joined her for the weekend to spend a day at the marina were our boat is located.

Overall everything is going according to plan, the bad weather in March delayed us so far only for 10 days. Good news is that we measured the master bed and it is queen size mattress, so we can use our own mattress (very expensive and comfortable). New expected completion date is 10 – 14th of July. We are getting excited. Since it is getting hot and our current accommodation has no Aircon, we hope we will not get fried before our boat is ready….

    Things which need to be done:

– grinding, lamination, coating and painting of the bottom
– safety issues being highlighted in the survey
– minor woodwork at the interiour
– name still needs to be changed
– disposing of some furniture
– deep cleaning (very important to Jolanda)

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