New inlet socket for 230V & leakages

In this blog post we will share some of our work from last weekend; continuing with our 230V system and also uncovering more leakages on our sailboat as we remove more styrofoam.

Since there was no rain for a couple of hours this weekend we managed to do some outside work, which was to add a new, fine inlet socket for the 230V system.  The connection towards land was earlier just a hole into one of lockers in the cockpit. The hole was on the outside of the cockpit which didn’t we thought didn’t feel so safe.

So we took a piece of teak and made it look nice and adapted it to a inlet socket Thomas had from before. It is a socket from Victron which is waterproof to IP56 and has a nice locking mechanism. It will keep water out from the lockets and will result in a safe 230V system whenever connected to shore.

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Mounting the new inlet socket.
A close look at the new inlet socket.

Other than that we also continued with prepping for our mahogany strips, by starting to get rid of the styrofoam in the main cabin in the bow.

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The styrofoam that should be removed… While removing the styrofoam we find more and more leakages on our sailboat.

With all the removing of styrofoam we haven’t only found a lot of dirt, we have also found a lot of leakages from several places, probably mostly from stanchions or the chain plates (at least that is what we think right now, could be more places as well).

For the winter we try to cover the boat as well as we can with tarps. We have also made some kind of “skirts”, with some help of vulcanizing tape, for the chain plates in hopes to keep most of the rain and snow out. Of course, some will still make it’s way in but hopefully less.

We are pretty lucky that the core material of our sailboat is not balsa. Instead it is Divinycell, which doesn’t rot as balsa would. We still have some wood as core material, for example some parts of the cockpit has a wooden core.  Even though it doesn’t rot the water inside can still  cause damages as cracks in the plastic if it freezes for example. We hope for a relatively warm winter and that our cover will keep most rain and snow out.

When the spring arrives and with it warmer weather comes we will deal with the leakages once and for all. We are researching on internet for ideas regarding leakages on  a sailboat and have some ideas on how we will seal the leakages. Does anyone have any great ideas for leaking stanchions, chain plates etc? Something that has worked very well or something that hasn’t worked at all?

As usual we had to do some shopping as well, always some small thing that we need to buy, this time it was some things for the freshwater system/watermaker. Pipe connections, hose etc.

We visit the boat store way to often… 😉
Finding the right pipe connections.

When on the shopping topic, it was a while ago we updated our cost pages, but they are now updated with latest cost status.

If you are interested in reading more about what our preparations for our sailing adventure costs and what equipment we recently have bought, you can find an overview of the costs in the Costs & Information page, and from there you can navigate to the different categories; Sailboat RenovationSailboat Equipment and Other Equipment.

Prepping for mahogany strips

As we mentioned we are working on the interior in the boat and to make it look nice. We will set up mahogany strips on the hull, but before that we have some more prepping work to do. The inside of the hull has been covered with a lot of styrofoam, which we have started to removed and clean the hull behind it.

The styrofoam is removed in most of the places, but not all of them. We take it step by step.

Cleaning the hull.

After cleaning we have started to set up vertical wood strips that we will fasten the mahogany strips on.

Since the hull is exactly straight we used thin strips of wood glued together, which is easily shaped to fit the hull.

Setting up plywood strips.
Perfect to use turnbuckles to fix the plywood onto the hull.

We have made an order on mahogany strips and hopefully we will get them soon. So to be continued…

This is mostly what we are doing now and it is a job that takes a lot of time and the progress is slow. We are also looking a lot at paperwork and what we need for the trip. Will write more about that later when we have obtained all the information we need.

Saturday boatwork

Yesterday we continued with our watermaker installation and got the high pressure pump in position. We also connected some of the regular hoses, we need to buy high pressure hoses between the pump and the osmosis filter.

The high pressure pump in position under the bed in our spare cabin.
We glued a massive piece of wood onto the hull and mounted the high pressure pump with screws on the wood piece. This way it will have a stable position.

Other than that, we also continued with our never ending job of cleaning the inside of the hull and getting rid of styrofoam and the glue that held the styrofoam in position.

Yesterday’s working spot. Underneath the navigation table.

Hopefully we will get the wood for the interior we ordered soon so we can start cover the inside of the hull with beautiful wood instead of dirty plastic 🙂

Getting rid of diesel heater

During last weekend we also managed to do some more work inside the boat. One thing we spent a lot of time on was to remove our diesel heater. We decided a while back that we wanted to remove it. It has been really useful for us during our autumn sail here in Stockholm archipelago, but we are heading to the tropics.

If we decide to sail in higher latitudes with Anne-Mon we will have to get a new one at that point, but since we have no plans for that now, we are getting rid of it. Or actually we sold it to, it is working fine so better it get used by a new owner.

Our old diesel heater.
We had a separate fuel tank for the diesel heater, which we also removed.

At the place where the small fuel tank for the diesel heater were located we will add a new water tank instead. We will probably install our water maker here and that water tank will work as a holding tank for the water made by the water maker. And when we are done making water it will be released to the main tanks. That way a bad patch of water won’t ruin our entire water system.

Below the sofa where the small fuel tank for the diesel tank was located earlier. To the left in the picture you can see our water heater and next to it the fuel tank for the diesel heater was located. Below is one of our water tanks. Our idea is to add an extra water tank here and also install the water maker here.

We also continued a bit with our electrical installation during last weekend and continued cleaning.

The hull inside the wardrobe, hope you can see where we have cleaned and where we haven’t… 😉

We have made an order for some nicer interior and hopefully we will be able to start covering the hull soon.

Varnishing companionway and cleaning

When we fixed the companionway before summer (read more about it HERE) we didn’t have time to finish completely. What was left to do was to varnish it and some adjustments in the frame, which had gotten loose during summer. We had glued it before summer but the glue wasn’t strong enough, so we added screws on the frame to make it hold better.

The outside of the companionway (teak) before adding varnish. We oiled the companionway before summer.
Adding varnish.
The inside of the companionway before adding varnish.
… and after!
Sorry for the bad picture, but the companionway back in position after several layers of varnish. We lost count after a while…

Another thing we have been working a lot with lately is removing styrofoam in the boat. It has gathered moist over the years and is probably a big cause of the “old boat smell” we are working hard to get rid of. So in order to get rid of the smell, all styrofoam has to be removed!

The styrofoam in the aft cabin. As you can see on the picture it is not so fresh.
Hard work removing all the styrofoam.

We will continue removing styrofoam and let the hull ventilate, clean it and then we will add a much nicer finish than styrofoam on it. But we still got a lot of places left, there are enough styrofoam on the boat to keep it from sinking!

Apart from the final fixes of the companionway and styrofoam removal, we have also worked a bit with the electricity. Mostly getting more light. In Stockholm this time of the year the sun sets around 3 p.m. and when working in the evenings it is nice to have good light.

We have also continued with the holding tank but will write more about that in a separate blog post.