Mast stepping project in Leiden

It has been a week and I am still in the city harbour of Leiden. While here I have taken down the sails and a lot of the deck equipment used for ocean sailing. I have had help shopping for building materials from which to make the deck supports for the mast to rest on. I have tried to find a mast crane that I can use to lower the mast. There is a bit of a struggle, because all the possible mast operators are on holidays right now. And they won’t let me operate the cranes myself… At least two weeks left of vacation time in this part of the country. Meanwhile I have been a little bit under the weather, but getting better. And I am enjoying seeing friends, family and familiar places and events around here. Being a tourist, so to speak. Now I am going to make the mast supports and try and find a marina or yacht club where I may operate the mast crane. If not, I just have more time to enjoy Holland. I will keep you posted!

Author: captain

Johannes, born in 1960 in Zierikzee, The Netherlands. Owner of S/Y Isabell. Retired environmental toxicologist, now living aboard and sailing south.