Easter tour and boatwork

It is Easter holiday now which means four days off work. The first day we took a tour with our ship Aline to the island Storön in the archipelago together with some other ships.

Aline together with three other ships at  Storön, the fourth ship might be hard to find…

It was definitely summer feelings in Stockholm with 20 degrees (68 Fahrenheit) and we brought our sliding hatch and Thomas worked with it for a while.

Working with the sliding hatch in the sun.

We spent one night out and then drove back in the evening. The following day we went to the sailboat to continue working.

First up was to add our new stop wire we bought. The old one was glitching and we want to have a reliable stop wire.

The stop wire in place in the hatch on starboard side in the cockpit.

We still need a final piece on the engine side which we haven’t bought yet, so the installation is not finished. We continued with the electrical installation on the engine, we use pipes around the cables, for protection and to have it nicely organized.

Figuring out how the pipes should be drawn on the engine.

We also tried to add the cover for the generator, looks really nice and clean now! 🙂

The cover on the generator added.

We also use pipes for the other cables routed in the “engine room”.

A pipe added for the cables going between the engine and battery box. Now we just need to route all cables that should go through here.

We had also painted the holders for the diesel filters in the same color as the engine. It is starting to look very nice below the flooring. Still some details left, but we’re getting there.

The newly painted diesel filter holder back in position.

We took a look at the electrical panel in the navigation area in the boat. We also opened some drawers that we haven’t looked in since buying the boat, found some useful stuff; some courtesy flags, a bunch of flares and then a bunch of stuff that we don’t know what it is and what it should be used for, but maybe time will tell.

Trying to figure out a plan for the electrical panel.
Lots of different cables in the electrical cabin.

Now we just got back from a shopping tour to buy a bunch of stuff we need, both for the electrical system and the sliding hatch. Always nice to spend some money…  We just arrived to  the boat and will continue working.

The ship Aline

We thought that we would add a blog post about our ship Aline. Thomas bought Aline in April 2015 and before staring to renovate the sailboat we have done a lot of work on the ship. Aline was built in 1967 (Anne-Mon and Aline was actually built the same year, 1967 was a good year) as a Swedish military vessel. She is 22 meters long and made of steel.

For us Aline is the perfect boat to use in the archipelago, and we spend a lot of time on her during the warmer months. We have done a lot of work with the interior of the ship so it is a really comfortable way of visiting the islands of the archipelago and it is no problem to stay out for a longer period of time.

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The ship Aline, an old Swedish military vessel, at an autumn tour to the archipelago.

Despite her size we often take trips to the archipelago with her. Sometimes with a bunch of friends (she offers a lot of sleeping areas) and sometimes just the two of us. Since she has two engines and rubber in the bow it is pretty easy for us to dock her against a cliff of our choice. We just keep her standing against the cliff with engines still running and then have plenty of time to tie her up, even if it is only the two of us.

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The ship Aline when we went for a tour to the archipelago in Stockholm this summer with some friends. Not every boat you could have a “blob” tied up on it.
  • Type: Military vessel
  • Construction year: 1967
  • Construction site: Fårösund
  • Hull material: Steel
  • Length: 22 meters (72ft) (with the bathing platform)
  • Bredd: 4,84 meters (16,4ft)
  • Depth: 1,4 meters
  • Machinery: 2xScania DSI11 (350 hp each)
  • Cruise speed: 10 knots
  • Fuel tank: 2’400 liters
  • Water tank: 800 liters
  • Holding tank: 900 liters
  • Generator: Onan 16 kVA
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Celebrating Swedish Midsummer with friends in the beautiful bay Säck in the Stockholm archipelago in the summer of 2017.

She is a patrol boat 70 (Bevakningsbåt 70) and went by the name of HMS Sprängskär when she was serving in the Swedish navy. She was built at Marinvarvet at Fårösund (Gotland) in 1967  and got a makeover in 1987. In 1987 she was asbestos sanitized, got new engines (Scania DSI11) and a new wheelhouse.

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At the very beautiful island of Björkskäret in the Stockholm archipelago.

She was sold by the Swedish Navy in the late 90s and bought by an individual. The previous owner did some jobs to change her from a pure military vessel to an ordinary ship. For example, changing the name from HMS Sprängskär to Aline, painted her (before she had a camouflage paint), added windows etc. He also removed one of the engines, when she was serving in the navy she had 3 engines. When Thomas bought her there were still some major jobs that needed to be done.

One job we did was that we changed a part of the hull and some part of the keel, which was very rusty. We have also done some work with renovating the  interior, added some extra isolation where it was needed and many other things.

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Aline in the dry dock on Beckholmen just outside Djurgården in Stockholm.
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Aline in the dry dock, unfortunately we didn’t take a picture after we had painted the hull.
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In the bow where we have our small boat on deck, with a crane so that we can lift it into the water. 
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The stern-deck. The hatch seen on port side, the righthand side of the picture, goes to a storage area.
The storage area in the stern, just a bunch of random stuff.
The storage area seen from the stern and the ladder up on deck can be seen.
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The stern-deck looking towards the bow.
The bathing platform in the stern, covered in some ice.
Alines stern-deck covered in a lot of snow last year (2018).
Inside the wheelhouse, quite messy with lot of tools everywhere. We are not finished with the renovation on Aline and when not working with the sailboat we work on the ship.
A closer look at the steering, most of the equipment here is original from when Aline was used as a Swedish military vessel.
The stairs to down below, and a woodstove.
Down below seen from the stairs and looking towards the bow.
Alines kitchen, on starboard side.
The sofa down below, which Thomas built himself
The bedroom located in the bow.
Down below seen from the bedroom.
The bathroom.
The entrance to the engine room, next to the kitchen.
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The workshop in the engine room.
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A closer look at one of the engines.
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Both engines. The third engine, that she had before, were located in the middle.

Hope you enjoyed this little tour of our ship, an old Swedish military vessel! 🙂 If you want to read about our sailboat, click HERE.