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.

New mainsheet traveler (and some other stuff)

During the weekend we have done some work on the boat, we have attached a new mainsheet traveler, the last solar panels and some other small tasks.

The first thing we did was to glue the final solar panels in position, we glued them on using marine sealant. With the 2 final ones we now have 5 solar panels in total. They are specified to 60W each, which gives 300W in total. On a good day they will probably give 200W, because of shadowing etc.

Adding marine sealant for the final solar panels, we have used Sikaflex marine sealant.
Weights on the solar panels. We only need to connect them now, which we couldn’t do this weekend because of rain and wind.

Next up was to attach a new mainsheet traveler we have bought second hand. The solution on our sailboat from before was that the mainsheet was attached to a point on the mizzen mast, pretty high up on the mast. Especially when sailing on a beam reach the boom behaves pretty bad and our kick can’t hold the sail down. Now we will have a better control of the leech tension.

How it looked before, the mainsheet attached high up on the mizzen mast.
Measuring out where the mainsheet traveler should be.
rubber mat under mainsheet traveler
Between the traveler and the boat we added a rubber mat, for sealing and dampen the pressure.
attaching mainsheet traveler
Getting the mainsheet traveler in position.
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The mainsheet traveler in position.

mainsheet traveler

mainsheet traveler

We also fixed some final details for reefing the mainsail by attaching some cleats to attach the reef lines, more about our reefing solution can be found in the previous post or by clicking on the link HERE.

Attaching cleats for the reefing lines.
We attached them with pop rivets.

We have had another main sail which we wanted to try out, we had thought that it would be the same size as the one we already have. But we were wrong, it is to small for us. This means that we are stuck with our old main sail, it is not broken but we would really like a newer sail. We are already on the watch for a new furling genoa, so we will keep our eyes open for a new main sail as well. It’s a shame that the other main sail we had didn’t fit, since it is very fresh and doesn’t seem to be used much.

When we tried the sail out we also had the opportunity to test the anchor in the bow for the first time, and the manual anchor windlass we have in the bow. The windlass works fine, but of course an electrical one would be nice to have.

Trying out the anchor in the bow and the manual windlass.

Finally we also changed a pipe for the freshwater system. There was a cooper pipe going from the water heater to the shower in the bathroom, which was broken. We changed it to a hose instead and now we have a complete fresh water system! 🙂

The broken cooper pipe.

Final preparations before our summer sail

Before our summer vacation sail we had some small final preparations to get the boat in order. First up was to get the old piece of teak back in position in the cockpit.

Sanding the teak before putting it back in the cockpit.
In position on the cockpit. We are still missing the final piece in the stern so we will need to buy a new piece.
The winches back in position.
Securing the sharp edges with some tape to protect all the different ropes and sails.
We also mounted the instruments we have on the mizzen mast.

We have bought a new Garmin plotter which needed a position as well. We chose to place it under the spray-hood. We had one idea of putting it one the mizzen mast together with the other instruments but there is not room enough on the mast have it in a good way.

Drilling a hole for the cables for the plotter.
The cable entry for the plotter. Soon the cables from the solar panels will be drawn through here as well.
The plotter in position.

We have also bought a new refrigerator, Dometic CRX 110, which needed to be installed as well. We thought for some time to build our own cooling box but decided not to. The reason for that is that it will be a lot of work and if we want to go sailing this summer we would have to buy us out of this one. But this refrigerator looks really good and it is big so we will be able to store a lot of food.

Taking a look at our new refrigerator.
One minor problem is that the refrigerator doesn’t fit properly, so we had to destroy it to get it in place.
A piece of the insulation removed.
After some work, the refrigerator is finally in position! 🙂

We have a oil lubricated shaft seal which didn’t had an oil reservoir but just a hose to fill oil in. We decided to build an oil reservoir and make sure to mount it well abode the waterline.

 Some pieces for the oil reservoir…
and after some soldering it ended up in this.  
It is made out of copper pipe and a threaded fitting as a lid. 

When all work was done, it was cleaning time. After almost 11 months of renovation it was well needed.

The sofa and table in position with cushions and all.
The bed in the bow made and ready to be slept in.
A net for fruits is a must on a sailboat! 🙂

Tomorrow we will set sail for a couple of days and sail in the Stockholm archipelago. Feels amazing that we will finally be able to enjoy our sailboat for a while after all the work we done so far. It is far from finished though. We still need to have her up on land to go over the bottom, we have no water installed yet and the water tanks needs cleaning (on this sailing trip we will bring water with us in a water can) and a bunch of other things. But that is something we will do after the summer.

Companionway door renovation – part two

Time for part two of the companionway renovation! If you want to read part one, click HERE. After adding wood putty and sanding the companionway door several times it was time to put it together. First up was the frame, it is made of stainless steel and it was Anne-Mon’s previous owner that had made this. It is a well made frame so it is really nice to save some time and money.

Adding polyurethane glue for the frame around the door.
Fixing the frame with a lot of clamps.
The frame for the companionway door needed some adjustments to fit properly, but not much.
Testing to see if the window fits.
The handle for the door will go through the list, so we need to remove some of it.
Our newly bought wood router did the job of removing the list perfectly.
Next up was to fix the peephole for the engine instruments at the bottom of the companionway door. The surface on the inside of the peephole is rubber sealing, a cheap and easy fix.
Adding sealing for the stainless frame around the peephole.
The frame of the peephole on one side in position. These frames were also made by the previous owner.
After the frames were in position we continued with the window, sealing it and getting the frame and window in position.
The window seen from the outside.
The cabin door ready to be set up in the sailboat.
We want to be able to have the companionway door open while sailing, so we set up a hasp to hold the door.
Time to add raw linseed oil on the companionway door. We used the same linseed oil as we used for the sliding hatch.
The companionway door seen from the outside before adding linseed oil.
… and after!
The inside of the companionway door before adding linseed oil. The inside of the door is mahogany and the outside is teak.
… and after! 🙂

It feels really nice to have a proper door, but it is not completely finished. We are still missing a part for the handle, which we have ordered and should be arriving soon.  We will also varnish the door, but there’s no rush. The linseed oil needs 14 days to harden and wood is protected by the oil.

Just for fun, here’s a picture of the old door we had. Just a piece of plywood with some insulation on it.

Another thing we did was to change the plexiglass for the engine instruments seen from the cockpit.

The old plexiglass, not so easy to see what the instruments say.
A closer look does not make it easier.
The new plexiglass in position together with its stainless frame.
Definitely easier to read the instruments now.

Next up will be a post about our propane installation, which we have been working with in parallel to the cabin door and a bunch of other things. We are preparing Anne-Mon so that we can take a couple of days to go sailing in the Stockholm archipelago, hopefully we will be off sailing in a couple of days.


Cockpit work

When we had added the final layer of paint in the cockpit we could start fixing other details in the cockpit. First up was to get the sprayhood for our sailboat in position, it was included when buying the boat and is proably not very old, since it is in very good condition. It is the same fabric as the boom covers which is really nice.

Starting to get the sprayhood in position, its a little bit dirty but in very good condition otherwise.
Some of the screws that holds the sprayhood in position weren’t made of stainless steel, so we changed those to stainless instead.
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Sprayhood in position.
Looks really nice with the white paint and the sprayhood.

After the sprayhood was in place we started adding the hatches we bought a long time ago.

The frame for the first hatch in position.
Time to get second hatch in position, starting with drilling a hole for the locks.
Adding sealant on the frame.
And finally fixing the frame with screws.
We also got the cover for the piedestal in position, which we removed while painting.

The white paint is very slippery when wet and that is not very good while sailing. So we addded some non-slip paint on the floor in the cockpit.

Prepping with tape for the non-slip paint.
Making the corners. This corner was pretty bad but we fixed it after taking this picture.
Sanding the white paint before painting the non-slip paint.
Starting to paint. The paint we use is International Interdeck, which is the same we have on the deck on the ship. We already had a can of paint so we didn’t need to buy a new one.
Paint added everywhere, looks quite messy with the tape still there but when removed…
…it looks like this!
The non-slip paint from another angle.

We still have some things left to do before we could leave for a small sailing trip, but we are getting there! 🙂