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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
After the sprayhood was in place we started adding the hatches we bought a long time ago.
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.
We still have some things left to do before we could leave for a small sailing trip, but we are getting there! 🙂
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 door is pretty thick and will feel as a proper door when finished.
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.
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.
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.
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.