Freezer progress

Lately we have continued with our future fish freezer. We have started to add insulation to it, in the form of some kind of styrofoam with closed cells. The closed cells means that it wont absorb any water.

Before we started adding insulation we replaced one of the “walls” to the freezer. The old one was pretty worn out and also had a big hole in it for the old chiller.

We replaced the old “wall” of the freezer box to a new fresh piece of wood instead.
First layer of styrofoam glued on the the sides of the freezer.

As mentioned above, the styrofoam we have used is a closed cell styrofoam. Each piece is 5 cm (2″) thick and for the side walls we will have 2 layers of styrofoam as insulation, so 10 cm (4″) in total. The bottom of the freezer follows the shape of the hull, which means it is not so easy to make pieces of styrofoam that fits. We also want to have a straight bottom, to be able to attach the aluminium we plan to have as surface in the freezer.

What we did to solve this was to make to “half-moon” (kind of) shaped pieces of styrofoam. The pieces follows the hull in the bottom and are straight on the top. We attached them on the hull next to the side walls. Then we filled the bottom of the freezer with expanding sealing foam between the half-moon pieces and attached a piece of styrofoam on top of that.

The bottom piece in position, underneath it we have filled up with expanding sealing foam.
After the sealing foam had dried, we drilled holes in the bottom piece and filled up with some extra expanding sealing foam to make sure the entire space beneath gets filled.

Next up will be next layer of styrofoam, prepare the aluminum pieces, fix the top part of the freezer and then add the chiller.

As we mentioned some weeks ago we also found some really wet wood when removing old insulation. We have started to remove all of this wet wood and today we actually found the source to the leakage, or at least one of them, there could of course be more of them. It is a hole  in the plastic in one of our open storages in the cockpit, so we will have some plastic repairs to do there in the spring. Fortunate that we already have a lot of experience with plastic repairs 😉

We have also started to set up some roof panels, and it is starting to look real good in the boat! 🙂

Another leakage found…

Last weekend when we, as usual, were at the boat working we noticed a new place with rotten wood and apparently a leakage from above. We found it when we were removing styrofoam in our aft cabin (see The Boat to see an overview of of our boat). This rot is underneath one of the seats in the cockpit an dour guess is that it is a leak in one of the storage hatches in the cockpit (were we didn’t add any new plastic during our big plastic repair job). But, this is something we will have to do later in the spring. Yet another thing on the to-do list…

But, of course we are glad  that we remove the styrofoam so that we find these things and can do something about it before we leave. We are also really glad that our sandwich hull does not have a wooden core (it is only above the waterline we have some places were there is a wooden core).

But some good news is that we are almost completely finished with setting up all mahogany! 🙂 And it looks so good, Thomas has been very thorough and it really shows. We have also started preparing for setting up som kind of roof panels, which will make our boat look even more fancy. We also plan to set up some LED-lists to put some light on our new hull and to get more light in the boat.

So soon we will be able to show some really amazing before and after pictures. We have also made a slight change of plan when it comes to our sailing route, but more about that soon as well.

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.

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.

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.