Plastic crack with rotten wood

September 2018

While we worked with the fiberglass we took the time to open up a plastic crack on the wall of the cockpit. The crack didn’t look bad at first sight, but we thought it would be better to open it. Otherwise it could have been something we would regret later. And it was a good thing that we opened it up, because inside the plastic crack there were a lot of wet and rotten wood.

A picture of the crack before we started to open it. At first sight we didn’t think it would be specially bad, but then we opened it up…
… there were a lot of wet and rotten wood inside the plastic crack..

plastic crack with wet and rotten wood inside

A closer look at the wet wood inside the plastic crack.
We removed the rotten wood by hand and opened the crack even more by grounding it.
A good thing we noticed when opening the crack was that at some point in the history of the boat, the wall of the cockpit had been increased with about a decimeter. The plastic crack with the rotten wood was located in the new part. This meant that the rotten wood hadn’t affected the lower parts of the cockpit wall.
We let the crack be opened for a while to let it dry, with some help from our cabin heater to speed the process up.
We used PU foam to fill the crack up, when it was dry enough.
Then it was time for polyester and fiberglass to seal it up and make the wall strong again.
We also added some fiberglass on top of the wall, as an extra reinforcement.

One thing we learned from this is that it is always better to do the extra work if there is something that we feel unsure about. Otherwise it would only cause worries later on, or in worst case, something could break when we want it the least. In the middle of an ocean, for example…

If you want to read more about all the other work we do with  renovating our sailboat, you can read more about it under Renovation.

Repair plastic cracks with fiberglass and polyester

September 2018

When the plastic cracks had become dry enough it was time to continue the plastic repairs. We repaired the plastic cracks with fiberglass and polyester. The hull of Anne-Mon is made of a sandwich material which is reinforced with fiberglass, so for us it was a pretty easy choice to continue working with fiberglass. We chose polyester because since it is harder to paint on top of epoxy.

Cutting the fiberglass to the right size.
This corner in the cockpit was pretty weak. We decided to add some layers of fiberglass  and polyester in the corner (and some other places) to make it stronger. First we put some polyester on the corner. We added a thick layer so that the fiberglass would be able to suck it all up.
After we had added the layer of polyester we put on the first layer of fiberglass. We used a roller to make sure we got polyester all over the fiberglass, and so that we could push all air out, so that there wouldn’t be bubbles of air in the plastic later.
There were some other places that needed some reinforcement as well. Same procedure here, a thick layer of polyester and carefully pushing all air out.
The we added some spackle on the cracks in the seats, which we had grounded. The spackle is made of polyester mixed with talc. They where now dry and we wanted to close them as soon as possible.
There used to be a window here at the wall next to the door. The previous owner had removed it and covered the hole. We wanted to add some extra polyester and fiberglass to make sure it is strong enough.
At last we put some fiberglass on the seats.

If you want to read more about all the other work we do with  renovating our sailboat, you can read more about it under Renovation.

Cleaning and grounding the plastic cracks

September 2018

When we bought Anne-Mon there were some plastic cracks in the cockpit. We wanted to repair the plastic cracks before the autumn arrived to Sweden, so that they would not get worse.

Since we have a good deck on our ship, we moved Anne-Mon there while we worked with repairing the plastic cracks. It made the work easier since we could prepare everything on the ship and then do the actual work on Anne-Mon.

Anne-Mon temporarily moved to our ship, Aline, while repairing the plastic cracks.

The first, and very important, thing we did to repair the plastic cracks was to make a thorough cleaning of the cockpit. It was very dirty, after 10 years of collecting all kinds of dirt. We grounded the cracks to open them up and to make them dry. We didn’t want to put new fiberglass and polyester on the cracks while they were still wet. Then we would close in the moisture and that would probably cause some trouble for us later on.

The cockpit was quite dirty, and some cleaning was necessary.
In the picture you can see the some of the cracks in the seat. They have collect some moisture over the years .
We grounded the plastic cracks to make it easier to get all the moisture out.
We used a vacuum cleaner and a cabin heater as help to get all the moisture out of the plastic cracks in the seat.

We were able to make the cracks dry, but we left them over night and the following sunny day to let them dry even more.

The next step will be to put polyester and fiberglass on the plastic cracks in the seat and on some other places where we noticed that the current plastic is a little weak.

Start Volvo Penta MD19 problems

August 2018

Shortly after buying the boat we decided to start the engine, which is a Volvo Penta MD19. It had not been started in approximately 10 years, so we suspected we would have some problems. We bought a new start battery and went out to the boat one evening after work, but without luck. The good news was that the pistons were able to move and were not completely stuck.

We could not get any diesel to the injectors and suspected that the diesel injection pump was the issue so we removed it and took it home for cleaning.

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The diesel injection pump before we started to remove it.
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The cover of the diesel injection pump removed.
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Starting to remove the diesel injection pump.
diesel injection pump renovation
The diesel injection pump removed from the engine and ready for some service.
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A picture of the cam ring. The brown dirt coating seen in the picture is what caused the pistons in the pump to get stuck. There where dirt coating all over the injection pump, which we cleaned. The dirt coating had emerged because the engine hadn’t been run in 10 years.
The pump unit for the diesel injection pump.

We spent some days cleaning the injection pump. We put back the injection pump on the engine and tried to start our Volvo Penta MD19 engine, and it started! It was not without problems, though. We spent a lot of time bleeding the system before the diesel reached the injectors. There was also a lot of smoke coming out from the exhaust and the engine wouldn’t run on idling.

Since the engine hadn’t been running for so long, we decided to take it out for a tour the following day. We hoped that the engine needed to be running for a while under load to clean old dirt in the engine.

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We were able to start our Volvo Penta MD19 and took a first drive!

We drove in circles outside Djurgården in Stockholm, and got a feeling for how she behaves in water.

Driving in circles outside Djurgården in Stockholm.

The tour didn’t solve the problems entirely. The engine still wouldn’t run idling and it was a lot of smoke. We also noticed that he engine died when changing to reverse. The next step we did was to remove the injectors and have them checked out. They had the correct opening pressure and a good spray pattern and probably works as they should.

Since the autumn arrived in Sweden we paused working on the engine for a while, so that we could fix the plastic cracks in the cockpit before it became too cold. We will continue working with the engine later on.

All about our further engine renovation can be found under the category: Engine.

We bought a sailboat

Welcome to our sailing blog! We are currently renovating and preparing our sailboat for sailing around the world. On this site we will share all the work we do. But first we will show some pictures on how the boat looked like when we bought it. As time goes by you will be able to find all work we do under the category Renovation.

August 2018

On the 9th of August 2018 we bought our boat, Anne-Mon (at the moment the sign says Balancia but we will change that). It is a OC35 built in 1967 by Malmö Flygindustri in Sweden. She is a 35 foot (approx. 10.7 meters), long keeled and  ketch-rigged. It is a robust boat that was built for sailing across oceans, but she has never had the opportunity. We bought the boat as a renovation-project. The previous owner started to prepare her for cruising, but then she was abandoned for 10 years until we bought her.

More facts about Anne-Mon and what equipment we have so far can be found HERE.

Here are some pictures from the day we bought her:

Anne-Mon seen from the outside. It is the main mast that is placed on-board the boat. One of the things we really liked with the boat was the large and robust bowsprit.

Welcome aboard!

The deck is synthetic teak, which will be really nice since it will be much easier to take care of than real teak.
A closer look at the bowsprit. There is a Bruce anchor in the bow with manual anchor gear.
The cockpit. The previous owner had started to reinforce the plastic, but the work isn’t finished. There are some cracks which we will have to fix and the plan is to do it before winter arrives. We also have a smaller anchor here in the stern and a dinghy davit.
Right now there is a temporary hatch door. There are some leaking through the door which we would like to fix before winter. There are parts for a new door that was included, which we should finish and attach. But that will probably be done in the spring.
wind vane adapter
We really liked the wheel. It is very beautiful and gives a fantastic feeling 🙂 There was also a really robust wind vane that went with the boat, which will come to good use when cruising. The adapter for the wind vane can be seen on the wheel.

Now lets take a look inside. 

The kitchen area seen from the cabin door. Here Thomas is inspecting one of the fuel tanks. On starboard side there is the navigation table and on port side a cabin for two persons.
The navigation table, which is quite messy at the moment. Here we also have a panel with displays for all instruments.
The cabin in the stern (also quite messy). One of the beds goes in the same direction as the boat and the other one goes across the boat. Under one of the beds there is a cooling box.
The galley. There is quite much room on the bench and there is a marine stove. There is also microwave, but we have no idea if it works. There is a fridge here which is cooled  using propane.

The sofa and the table in the kitchen area. There are some storage areas underneath the sofa. The table can be lowered and the sofas can be remade into a bed for two persons.
Ahead of the galley. On the port side there is a chair where you can sit a relax and a wardrobe. On the starboard side there is another cabin and a bathroom. The main cabin is located in the bow. In the main cabin you can see a sprayhood that was included when buying the boat.
The chair on port side.
The cabin on starboard side. In this cabin we have a diesel stove heater.
The bed in the starboard cabin, which continues under the sofa in the kitchen area.
The wardrobe on port side.
The bathroom. Here the main mast is located. The toilet is flushed manually, which might be a good thing. The bathroom feels quite big (compared to other sailboats we looked at before buying Anne-Mon). There’s a lot of room for storage in the cabinet behind the toilet and you can take a shower without problem..

The main cabin. Under the beds on both sides there are some good storage. Under the beds in the bow, the bow thruster is located.
There is also a ladder to a hatch window in the ceiling.
The tanks and other stuff below the kitchen area. In the bottom of this picture you can see the fuel tanks. Then you can see Thomas inspecting the box for the batteries. To the right of the batteries are the engine and you can also see a small part of the generator. The bilge is very dirty, there is a lot of water, oil and other yummy stuff here, which needs to be taken care of.

A closer look at the engine and the generator. The engine is a Volvo Penta MD19 and the generator is Zeise Liliput Multi Power.
An overview of the interior in the boat.
An overview of the systems in the boat. F – Fuel tanks (3 in total, 2 of the tanks are for the engine and the third is a smaller for the diesel stove heater), W – water tanks (3 in total), E – the engine, G – the generator, B – the box for the batteries, H – a water heater, Fr – One fridge in the galley and a cooling box under one of the beds in the stern. In the bow is the bow thruster.

We have some work that needs to be done with Anne-Mon and in this blog we will share all the work we do to renovate our sailboat. Our first mission is to start the engine. It hasn’t been started in 10 years, so our expectations are quite low. Then we will try to fix the cracks in the cockpit.