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The week before last,[personal profile] fearless_prime ,[personal profile] marleigh ,[personal profile] fredrikegerman ,[personal profile] desireearmfeldt  and I went on a Mad Boat Trip in the Netherlands.   They let you just rent a boat and drive it around their rivers and canals, with a bare minimum of training in How To Drive A Boat. 

Subtitle: Things Not To Be Stuck In Next Time In The Netherlands:

  • A lock
  • The mud
  • Heathrow
  • Phone trees
It was a different sort of vacation than any previous big travel, in that, while there were some visits to Places of Note (the Musical Clock museum in Utrecht, the Gouda cheese market), most of the enjoyment came from being on a boat while scenery went past, and stopping in random places to have tasty food (including the ubiquitous mayonnaise on french fries, which I am a fan of).  It wasn't always as restful as I might have wanted, as navigation and logistics (my main job) was a little stressful, and the boat driving platform was often hot and sunny, but it was a fascinating adventure.     I'll post a link to more detailed notes and pictures when I finish annotating them, for those who like looking at people's vacation slides, but in the meantime, a picture of the boat going through Oudewater.


Boating through Oudewater

Date: 2017-06-16 09:11 pm (UTC)
mathhobbit: (Default)
From: [personal profile] mathhobbit
I am absolutely certain that you do not *drive* a boat. Clearly I should have corrected this term the first time it appeared, as it seems to have infected the vocabulary of the entire expedition!

https://english.stackexchange.com/questions/127034/if-i-drive-a-car-and-ride-a-motorcycle-what-do-i-do-with-a-boat

Date: 2017-06-16 10:07 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] desireearmfeldt
So...I kind of think that when the boat has a motor and a steering wheel, "drive" is really the most appropriate term. It's certainly ridiculous to describe what we were doing as "sailing."

(Having peeked at the link): I can accept that what a boat pilot does to a boat is "piloting," but that's not the right word to describe what a bunch of people on board a boat moving on water is doing.
Edited Date: 2017-06-16 10:08 pm (UTC)

Date: 2017-06-17 03:08 pm (UTC)
mathhobbit: (Default)
From: [personal profile] mathhobbit
It may be that there is no right word. I am absolutely certain that "drive" is a wrong word.

Date: 2017-06-17 04:11 pm (UTC)
desireearmfeldt: (Default)
From: [personal profile] desireearmfeldt
Can't argue with that, :)

Date: 2017-06-17 05:40 am (UTC)
kelkyag: eye-shaped patterns on birch trunk (birch eyes)
From: [personal profile] kelkyag
A good and useful plan. :)

Date: 2017-06-17 07:04 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] kelkyag
<giggles>

Date: 2017-06-18 01:32 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] fredrikegerman
In his defense I will say it was in the middle of an ocean storm off a rocky coastline. :-)

Date: 2017-06-18 01:35 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] fredrikegerman
I'm pretty sure [personal profile] fearless_prime ended up with at least 3 ranks of boat pilot.

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