Merry Christmas and a happy New Year.

December 25, 2012

With temperatures above 10ºC it is still not much of a winter here. I don’t care but I prefer the liquid water instead of frozen.



Our backyard, the coldest place to be at the moment in our country.

February 4, 2012

-23ºC last night and also expected for the coming night. Brr

February 4, 2012

Temperature Netherlands

Social Media, Fram on Twitter

March 11, 2011

Social media is here to stay and is becoming an increasingly important part of daily life. I like the internet very much and in fact the Fram project has been totally developed with Internet sources.

Social Media

With my first steps on the Internet everything was still very small and orderly and with a little knowledge of HTML and my 28K modem I was able to put up the website

Now there are  Blogs, MSN, FlickR, Facebook, Hyves, YouTube, Linkedin, Twitter and  much more. (I’m feeling old writing this ..)

While being in safe harbour at I thought these new media was nothing for me.

However, last year I started this Blog at WordPress, to make the updating of clearer. And I made an exception for YouTube, that in no-time became a popular account.

I have a sleeping FlickR account and an almost unused Facebook account, once made because I had to make an account to see some pictures about someone else his boating adventures. However, through this media I got contact with family I didn’t know of ….

To satisfy my curiosity about someones experiences I opened a Linkedin account and in just a few weeks I see this account grow with 90 “friends”  …

I still managed to stay away of Hyves and Twitter …  Untill today ….

No idea what it will bring,
but from today you can follow Sy_Fram on Twitter

Twitter SV_Fram

———– Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year ————

December 22, 2010


We wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

The upcoming holiday days are a good time to put some progress in the construction of Fram. Main goal is to finish the propulsion system, so stay in touch for the latest updates which are soon to be expected.


September 23, 2010

There is not much to write about the building of FRAM, just being busy with a lot of UD’s and tapes around the beam bulkheads and carbon folding anchors.

But for me there were some memorable events in the last few weeks.

Sail Amsterdam 2010

Sail Amsterdam 2010

Between the violence of many Tall Ships, including the Russian “Kruzenshtern”, Italien “Amerigo-Vespucci”, Poland “Dar Mlodziezy” and many others, Dutch Blind Date was one of the participants in Sail Amsterdam 2010 in the category “Extraordinary Ships” and on Sunday, August 20th it was my turn for a day on board to receive and show around interested visitors.

Blind Date on Sail Amsterdam 2010

Blind Date was a real eye catcher at the front of the music building dock, which is also the beginning of the walking route for visitors. During the four-day event 1.5 million visitors passed her, but fortunately not all came on board. It was very funny to see how one stood on the dock to explain each other what kind of a boat this is and how she sails. Some can’t figure it out and walk away while shaking their head.  The nice thing about such a show is that you meet great people and have interesting discussions. I hope to have made some new Blind Date friends.

Blind Date on Sail Amsterdam 2010

Opening of “The Flying Dutchman Suite”


“The Flying Dutchman Suite” a generous gift to the patients of AVL Radiation Therapy Department dedicated in loving memory of Gerrit van Oortmarssen August 24, 2010

On the 24 of August we were invited to a special event, the launch of the newest medical facilities in the field of radiotherapy at the NKI-AVL, the Netherlands Cancer Institute-Antoni van Leeuwenhoek Hospital. During the opening ceremony a plaque in memory of my brother Gerry has been revealed. It was Gerry who succeeded in realizing the development of new products in cooperation with radiotherapy clinics. He had a perfect gift to win the customers and the business organizations, to bring them together and create conditions to develop new ideas. My sister in law has established a fund in memory of Gerry and she made the proceeds of this fund available  to realize a treatment room set up as patient-friendly as possible. To realize this, Philips Medical Systems was prepared to suitably fit in a radiotherapy room, the Ambient Experience concept, the newest technique available to positively influence the patient experience. With this the patient can determine the surrounding which best suits him or her.

Ambient Experience

Besides the fact that it is demonstrated that this method of adjusting works positively for the regular patient, it is also expected that this Ambient Experience will have a positive contribution in the treatment of children.

Ambient Experience

And so it happened that a fully equipped Cone Beam CT accelerator, with the most modern and latest techniques, like CT guidance, 4D Software Matching, etc, has now been combined in a patient-friendly set up with Ambient Experience, which combination is a unique setting in the world. Chairman of the NFK and former Minister of Health  Mrs. Dr. E. Borst performed the official opening.

Flying start

I’m very grateful that this unique concept will be forever linked to the success of my late brother Gerry.

Another opening.

Rebuilding Piazza

This time my own business. To celebrate the completion of a renovation job I’m sometimes persuaded to do crazy things, like descending along a rope from the roof of a 60m high appartment building.

Rebuilding Piazza

On the edge of the roof you want to cry in misery ……

Rebuilding Piazza

…… but once down you want to do it again …..

Back to the boat building business.

Time and cost figures

Fortunatly it’s not business, but a leisure spending, however with a lot of money and time involved. Click in the above picture and you know what I mean.

Happy New Year !

December 31, 2009

A new year, a new home, a new workshop, a new website ………..
a new start.

By signing the contract of sale on last Monday December 28 we became the owners of our new home in Lelystad. The building project has been moved to the new workshop in Huizen and now we are in the middle of moving all our stuff from the old house to the new one. So, it is a very busy time for us with not much time left for the boatbuilding. Next update will take a while I’m afraid.

Fram’s website remains alive but I thought it became high time for a refreshment of the update approach by means of a blog. This instead of the logbook in the homepage of

I still get a lot of email with questions and advice about my boatbuilding activities and it is a pity this information was not shared with other interested website followers. This blog gives the oppertunity to make comments on posts and that is a much better way to share valuable information instead of keeping this for myself or the questioner in private emails.

So please, do comment on these posts. I’ve imported all the logbook items into this blog so you can still make a comment on the older ones.

An email subscription option has been added in the right sidebar. This allows readers to sign-up and receive emails when new posts are published on the Fram Project. The subscriber can select how often this email is sent (the delivery frequency – immediate, daily, or weekly), as well as when this email is sent (the delivery window – a specific day and hour). This is an excellent way to keep in touch with the Fram Project.


September 23, 2009

To all who were waiting for an update, sorry for the lack of progress lately. I haven’t had a lot of time nor the energy to work on the boat lately and it looks like 2009 will end as a bad building year (latest update figures time and cost Oktober 11).

In the meantime we made a rather big alteration on the house but not without a lot of struggling with the hometown building authorities. It seems I have patent on this and in fact we are still struggling with them.

Work on the house.

While sitting in the sunny garden this summer and looking at the successful work we did on the house we decided to cross out the idea of once moving to our “Dreamhouse”. That dream was living near the water with the boat along the garden jetty. This kind of villa’s were always far above our budget. However, it is a buyers market nowadays and while having peace with the decision to give up this apparently not realistic dream, last week that once in a lifetime opportunity came along. A radical turnover lead today in buying a house with a private harbor on the South side of the IJsselmeer, without any bridges or locks to pass and with plenty of room (33’x40′) for the unfolded F39, very rare in this little country.

Our new home and private harbour

This also answers the question that several friends and colleagues had asked me before, “where the heck will you moor such a large yacht?”
Being optimistic (one of the necessary qualifications of a part-time boat builder) my standard answer has always been, “no idea, time will tell!”
Well, now we know 🙂 

So, I have to give up my cozy workshop and will continue the building in the workshop of the company I work for. Much more room, but also not at home, which was a major condition to undertake this huge building project. This of course is a temporal solution with the necessity of getting in a hurry. This means from now on I will focus on finishing the F39 on the outside and get her in the water to tie her up along the jetty of our new home. Further work on interior, hardware and rigging will be delayed till she is at home again.
I now have a house with a big garage (or small workshop) for sale ….. anyone?

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