Our days before departure

When we last wrote a blog post we were working hard preparing the topsides for the upcoming paint job, and since then a lot of things has happened. Here follows a summary of what we’ve been up to lately. We plan on writing another more detailed post about our experiences with painting the topsides with roller later, for those who are interested in reading about that.

When we were finished with preparing the topsides it was time to start with the primer.
And then a second layer of primer.

After we were done with primer we sanded it all down and then it was time for the finish.

Shiny, shiny, shiny!
Halfway done!

Between each layer of finish we matted it down, and it total we painted 3 layers. After the topsides were done we continued with the waterline, set up the new name and painted with epoxy primer and antifouling on the bottom and finally we ended up here:

For the record, this is the before:

Besides all the paint jobs we have also done some more preparations for the autopilot.

Autopilot drive unit with its attachment on the steering.
Connected to each other.

As we were working with the steering we also changed the steering wire.

Changing the steering wire, old and new.

Other than that we have also:

  • Tried starting the generator, we had some sea water leakage issues we had to solve but other than that it looked good. It will be a good complement to get electricity.
  • Setting up our instruments; VHF, HF-radio etc.
  • Setting up the new electrical panel and connecting the most vital functions (lanterns, navigational instruments, water pumps, alarms, fridge for example)
  • Tested our freezer box, we need to adjust the arduino code that controls the temperature a bit as the compressor runs a bit to often we think, but it gets really cold in the box.
  • And we have done a lot of other stuff as well, fixing toilet, gone over the rig, had our genoa shortened the day before departure (thanks to amazing sailmaker Björn on Södermalm), cleaning the boat, started packing and bought a lot of food.
Messy boat when trying to find where it leaks from the generator.
Instruments in position.
Bought a lot of food!
Food sorting!

We had some stressful final days to get everything ready but we made it, a bit later than we would have wanted but now we are on our way. Under Current Position you can follow our track.

Preparing the topsides

One of the jobs we have on our to-do list for our time on land is to re-paint the topsides. As we also have done some plastic repairs on the attachments on deck it felt like a good idea to re-paint the topsides.

So when we were finished sanding below the waterline we just continued with the topsides. Our plan is to paint the topsides first and finish them and then continue painting below the waterline. This way the hull will get maximum time to dry out before we seal it up with epoxy primer.

Starting to sand the topsides.
We had to remove quite a lot of the old paint.
Finished sanding 🙂

We spent a lot of days sanding, even spent the entire Midsummer weekend by the boat instead of celebrating (Midsummer is one of the biggest holidays in Sweden), but at least we ate herring by the dock.

Midsummer celebration with herring and fresh potatoes.
We also had some cute visitors by the boat. when we arrived one morning

After the sanding was done, we have continued with fixing the final damages above the waterline and started adding putty on the places were it is necessary. Right now we are a bit unlucky with the weather though. From being around 25-30 degrees Celsius the temperature have dropped to around 15-20 with rain almost everyday.

But in the meantime we fix other stuff, finalizing the new electrical panel, documentation needed (will write a piece about this soon) and other stuff we need to get done. No rest here 🙂

Hopefully the weather change to the better soon so we can continue.

Life on the hard

Now we have been up on land for a couple of days and we continue to work hard with getting everything ready. Our first mission was to remove all anti-fouling. After a couple of days scraping and sanding it was finally gone and we could continue with other things.

Most of the old epoxy primer is in pretty good shape, but there are some places were the old paint has gone loose. We sanded up those places to get an even surface for the new epoxy primer we will paint later.

Now we will let the hull dry for a couple of more days before we seal it up and start painting. But we are not out of work in the meantime. We have some repairs we want to do above the waterline. We have a sandwich hull and a lot of the attachments on deck have small cracks where water can sip through into the hull. As mentioned, thankfully, we have a core material that is not made out of wood.

So while we let the hull dry we continue to work on sealing all attachments on deck. So we removed a bunch of stuff; the sheet rail, mooring bollard, the one fairlead that was left. Started to sand around them and repair with epoxy.

bowsprit sailboat
An old picture from when we just bought the boat, as you can see one of the fairleads are gone and the plastic around the other one is a bit broken.

For the fairleads it has been pretty hard finding an equal one as the old ones. So we bought new one that will sit on top instead of integrated with the hull. So we removed the old one and filled the old holes up.

Work on going filling up the holes where the old fairleads where. Not finished here though, still needs some more filling. (We also took of the bowsprit as we will re-paint the hull, makes it easier to get to everything, she looks pretty naked without it though…)

We also removed the sheet rails on both sides, we drilled up the old holes and filled them with epoxy.

Preparing for some plastic repairs on around the chain plates.

Next up was the chainplates. Our plan with the chainplates is to repair what is needed with epoxy around them, but leave a small opening around the plates. This opening we will fill up with butyl-tape which will be kept in place with a small custom made metal. This was it will hopefully not be any leakages and the movements and tensions from the chain won’t break the plastic around them. But more on this and better pictures in the future when we’ve actually done this.

Small repairs around the chainplates.

Our “On the hard to-do list” and some status updates:

  • Remove old anti-fouling – Done!
  • Repair all possible leakages above deck (chainplates, fairleads etc etc) – work ongoing
  • Go over and change through-hulls were it is needed – some through-hulls removed and new ones ordered. 
  • Go over bow-thruster – Work ongoing, taken apart and new sealings ordered
  • Go over propeller – Prop removed and ready for some love
  • Paint with epoxy primer, both below waterline and above at some places
  • New anti-fouling
  • Prepare topsides before painting
  • Paint the topsides


Hauled out!

Finally it was time for us to haul out Anne-Mon for the first time. Winter season in Sweden is over and most boat that been on the hard is now in the water which means a lot of free space for us. Finding a winter spot close to central Stockholm is not very easy for a bigger boat and one of the reasons we’ve been in the water over winter.

Anne-Mon has was last hauled out about 5-6 years ago, so we were pretty nervous to what we would find underneath the waterline…

On our way out of the water, wondering what we will find underneath.

A first look when the hull is still wet.

To our surprise, the hull looked so much better than we expected. There is a bit of growth on the hull, and a few barnacles but still not much in comparison of what it could have been. Baltic Sea is a pretty “kind” sea, brackish water and compared to southern oceans growth is less, but even for a boat in the Baltic it looked pretty good. The hull was also very even and smooth, and no damages what we could find at this point.

We are really excited to add some new paint and make her look really pretty again. We also plan to paint the topsides as well, so it will hopefully be quite some difference.

The hull after it has dried a bit. We plan to paint both below and above the water-line.
The propeller, we have taken it off for some polishing.
The bow thruster propeller, pretty dirty in here.

Our plan for our time on the hard is to:

  • Remove old anti-fouling
  • Paint with epoxy based paint and fix smaller damages above waterline
  • Anti-fouling
  • Paint the topsides
  • Go over and change through-hulls where it is needed
  • Go over bow-thruster
  • Go over propeller
  • …and a bunch of other smaller jobs

First thing to do was to get rid of smaller things on the boat that will be in the way when sanding, for example; pulpit, winches etc. It was not so much effort removing them and it will make sanding and painting the topsides much easier. We also started removing the old bottom-paint.

Removing old anti-fouling.

We have also received the new battens and batten boxes for our new second hand main sail so we cut the battens in the correct size and attached the batten boxes. We are really looking forward to sail with this new sail, we think it will be a huge improvement compared to the old one, which was a bit worn out.

Freezer box and new electrical panel

A couple of days, since our last update here. We have been busy with boatwork. So thought it was time for a small update what has been going on lately. What we been focusing on is to finish our fish freezer (earlier blog posts about that can be found here) as we got the last pieces of wood needed. We ordered most of the wood we’ve used from a local carpenter.

Starting to make a frame for the freezer.
The frame for the freezer box.
The frame in position together with the top cover.
Everything oiled with lin-seed oil for protection and to make it look nice.
Starting to make a lid for the freezer. A piece of insulation glued onto a piece of plywood. And then some nice wood on the sides to make it fit the frame we just made. 
Time to glue all pieces together.
We also added a layer of epoxy on the inside of the lid, so the insulation doesn’t start to fall apart and to make a nice clean surface. We will later paint the blue inside white and attach a handle on the lid as well.

We have also started to make a new electrical panel. On the old one there were several things we didn’t need and no room for some new items we wanted to have. So we made a new one.

The new clean electrical panel.
Figuring out where to position everything.
Almost all holes cut out. Next up will be to oil it and then attach all panels.

We also hope that we soon will be able to haul out and then it will be a couple of weeks of hard work to get everything ready below the waterline.