Sailing and boatwork

After a couple of days out with our ship Aline with some friends it was time to spend the last week of our summer vacation out with the sailboat in the Stockholm archipelago. The weather forecast for this week showed a lot more wind than last time we were out. We set sail, and started with the main sail, but took it down after a while. We don’t have any good way of reefing the headsail at the moment and that is something we need to fix. In the wind that was on this day (20 knots, gusting around 30 knots) we probably could have sailed with the main sail and head sail up, since Anne-Mon is long keeled and have quite short mast for a boat of this size. But we haven’t sailed her for so long and no need to test the limits right know. Instead we tried setting the smallest of our headsails on the cutter stay, just to see how that works. It worked alright, didn’t go very fast but in the right direction.

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Setting our smallest headsail to test it and the cutter stay.

When we had sailed for some time it was time to search for a good anchorage spot. We where around the islands close to Möja, in the middle of Stockholm archipelago. These islands are not very good for northerly winds and the number of anchorages are limited. We sailed/motored for a while looking for good spot and after 2-3 hours of searching we anchored at Horsholmen. It was not the perfect spot but we secured the boat properly.

We anchored and ate dinner, pretty tired after our search. The next day it was still quite windy and we decided to stay at Horsholmen for the day to do some work on the boat and go chanterelle hunting. We had been safe for the night and the wind wouldn’t change direction.

While we’ve been out on the boat we have noticed some leakages when it is raining. It was time to fix one of them, which is the hatch above the bathroom.

Boatwork on Horsholmen, starting to removing the hatch.
Hatch removed, getting rid of the old sealant.
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Adding new sealant, and then we attached the hatch once more. We noticed while pouring over water that the hatch itself is not completely water-proof, but that will most likely not leak by rain only.

After some hours spent on boatwork it was time for chanterelle hunting. We had found a couple of chanterelles when we arrived so we knew that there were mushrooms on the island.

Walking around searching for chanterelles.
We walked for a long time with no sign of chanterelles, and was just a bout to turn back to the boat…
And then we found them! 🙂
A lot of them, too!

We went back to the boat and cleaned the chanterelles, got to bed early since we had decided to sail to Björkskär the next day. But more on that in the next blog post.

All blog post we have about sailing in Stockholm archipelago can be found under the tag Stockholm archipelago and all blog posts about Northern Europe under the category Northern Europe.

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! 🙂


Companionway door renovation – part one

One thing we want to have completed before the summer starts for real is the companionway door we have had for our sailboat. The old one we have is just a plywood with some insulation on it. It is leaking and is looking pretty boring, and with the newly renovated sliding hatch we need a matching companionway door.

The old companionway door for our sailboat, looking pretty boring. This picture is from when we just bought the boat.
The new companionway door that the previous owner started doing. Here the door is seen from the inside and it is just insulation showing.
The new companionway door seen from the outside, here we have teak.

The door is pretty thick and will feel as a proper door when finished.

First up was to cut up a piece of mahogany for the inside of the door.
The mahogany plywood in perfect fit with the rest of the companionway door.
Next up was to add lists around the companionway door on the inside, for the outside we have a metal frame which we will add later on.
Not easy to get all the angles correct, square angles doesn’t exactly exist on boats… But we got them in position really nice by taking it slow.
We used polyurethane based glue to fix the lists. The glue expands inside and by doing that it covers large parts of the surfaces glued together.
We sanded the outside of the companionway door and tested it out to get the correct size.
This will hopefully look really good once the door is finished, with its metal frame and varnished, together with the white paint in the cockpit.
Adding wood putty on places where there where some damages in the wood. This was too light so we bought a new darker one to add over.

Next up with the companionway door will be to add the metal frame, continue sanding, add windows and finally varnish it! 🙂

As mentioned before we have started to paint the cockpit, hopefully the weather is with us the following days so we can add the final layers. If you want to read previous posts about the work we have been doing on our sailboat, all posts (except the engine, which is found under the category Engine) related to the renovation can be found under the category Renovation.


Renovation of leaking sliding hatch

We have had trouble earlier with our leaking sliding hatch , which we started to repair a couple of weeks ago, read more about part one HERE. When the linseed oil we added had hardened 14 days later we started to varnish it.

Adding first layer of varnish on the sliding hatch.
After the first layer of varnish. In total we added 8 layers on the hatch.

After we had added 8 layers of varnish we glued the Isiteek, which is fake teak made out of plastic, back on the hatch and then it was time to start with repairing the leakages.

First up, add tape to protect the sliding hatch.
We used butyl tape to fix the leakages. It is very sticky and thick so hopefully it will keep the water out.
Adding the butyl tape between the windows on the sliding hatch, where we had leakage problems.
A closer look at the butyl tape.
After that we added the outer window in position and started adding sealant around the window and between the varnished wood and the Isiteek.
The sealant around the window.
The butyl tape made the outer window slightly higher than the rest of the hatch. But this might actually be a good thing since by having it higher water won’t gather on the window and the risk of leakages might be less.
Just as a reminder, this is the hatch before starting the renovation.
… and after 🙂

In parallel to working with the leaking sliding hatch we have also started working with the door to the cabin. We currently have a provisional one but the previous owner had started to make a new one and we are just continuing that work, but more about the door later. We have also worked quite a lot with the plastic repairs in the cockpit, and today we thought we could finally paint it but had some drawbacks… will add a blog post about that tomorrow or the day after tomorrow.

Now lets just hope that this leaking sliding hatch won’t cause any more trouble and is finished for good, we don’t need more work right now. We will update if the sliding hatch is sealed when we have had time to test it.