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.
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.
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.
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.
We also tried to add the cover for the generator, looks really nice and clean now! 🙂
We also use pipes for the other cables routed in the “engine room”.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
Hope you enjoyed this little tour of our ship, an old Swedish military vessel! 🙂 If you want to read about our sailboat, click HERE.