Finally it was time for us to haul out Anne-Mon for the first time. Winter season in Sweden is over and most boat that been on the hard is now in the water which means a lot of free space for us. Finding a winter spot close to central Stockholm is not very easy for a bigger boat and one of the reasons we’ve been in the water over winter.
Anne-Mon has was last hauled out about 5-6 years ago, so we were pretty nervous to what we would find underneath the waterline…
To our surprise, the hull looked so much better than we expected. There is a bit of growth on the hull, and a few barnacles but still not much in comparison of what it could have been. Baltic Sea is a pretty “kind” sea, brackish water and compared to southern oceans growth is less, but even for a boat in the Baltic it looked pretty good. The hull was also very even and smooth, and no huge damages what we could find at this point, if there are any smaller ones we will probably find them when all old bottom paint is removed.
As it is a pretty old boat that has been in the water for so long our expectations on the shape of the hull were very low, so this was a nice surprise. We are really excited to add some new paint and make her look really pretty again. We also plan to paint the topsides as well, so it will hopefully be quite some difference.
Our plan for our time on the hard is to:
Remove old anti-fouling
Paint with epoxy based paint and fix smaller damages above waterline
Paint the topsides
Go over and change through-hulls were it is needed
Go over bow-thruster
Go over propeller
…and a bunch of other smaller jobs
First thing to do was to get rid of smaller things on the boat that will be in the way when sanding, for example; pulpit, winches etc. It was not so much effort removing them and it will make sanding and painting the topsides much easier. We also started removing the old bottom-paint.
We have also received the new battens and batten boxes for our new second hand main sail so we cut the battens in the correct size and attached the batten boxes. We are really looking forward to sail with this new sail, we think it will be a huge improvement compared to the old one, which was a bit worn out.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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! 🙂
We have mentioned earlier that we hadn’t a good way to reef the main sail and that was something we wanted to fix. Our boom can be rolled, so it can be used to reef the mainsail using a rolling reefing, it is an old way of reefing and what we have read it doesn’t seem to be very good since it changes the shape of the sails. With a rolling reef system we can’t have a kick for the boom either.
We choose to go with a reef line solution, and for that we needed some improvements. For our reefing solution we will have a hook at the gooseneck, at the mast. In the opposite end of the boom we will have a traveler with blocks and ropes to the reefing points in the sail.
First up was to attach the reefing hook to the gooseneck, and for that we needed to do some welding. That is because boom is mounted on a slide and need something that pulls it down, like a cunningham. We had to remove the existing mounting for the cunningham to mount a reef hook to the gooseneck.
When we were finished with the preparations it was time to go to the boat and attach and test the reef solution.
When we were finished with attaching everything we could test sail with reefed mainsail for the first time. It was pretty strong winds so prefect opportunity for testing.
So finally we have a solution to reef the mainsail, which feels good. Also very nice to spend some time out sailing in the archipelago at what feels like will be the last summer days for this year. We won’t take the boat up until spring, so we will have time for some autumn sailing as well, and a whole lot of boatwork of course 🙂
Last weekend we didn’t only work with the fresh water system (see previous post). We also worked a with fixing a mast track gate on the main mast, continued with the electrical system and other small jobs.
One thing we wanted to fix was an opening we had in the track on the main mast. The opening used when removing/inserting the slides. We haven’t found a piece on the boat that fits here so we decided to make one our own, by bending a sheet of aluminum.
Some of the screws for the windows on the boat have some pretty sharp edges which we wanted fixed. They can easily damage our sails, especially when setting the mizzen stay sail.
We also continued with the electrics on the boat, our next mission is to get the lamps inside the boat working. The days are getting shorter and it will soon be necessary to have proper lights inside the boat.
We also created a simple lazy jack for the mizzen mast, similar to the one we have on the main mast. When lowering the mizzen sail it usually falls all over the cockpit, and has been pretty hard to sort out. With the lazy jacks in position we hope that it will be much easier. We also set up a cup holder in the cockpit, a small thing that will make sailing easier and more comfortable. Unfortunately we don’t have a picture on either.
If you haven’t already noticed we have updated some cost and information about our sailboat equipment last week, check it out by navigation to Cost & Information->Sailboat Equipment in the Menu, or by clicking HERE.
During the weekend we worked on the boat, and next up on the to-do list was to get the fresh water on our sailboat up and running. We had started last weekend to change some hoses and when all of them were changed it was time to fill up the tanks. Since we can’t fill up water where we have the boat right now we took a little sailing trip to find water.
We sailed to Stavsnäs, had some lunch and filled up the tanks. Before filling up the tanks we added a couple of pills that would get rid of any bacteria growing in the tanks.
These pills should be left in the tank at least six hours and then you empty the tanks. We wanted to do this since we haven’t opened the tanks and they haven’t been used in over 10 years. We sailed back and let the pills clean the tanks during the night.
During the sail an old damage in our furling headsail got worse and a new one has gone from the wish-list to need-list. Hopefully we find a good second hand one, a new one is way to expensive for us.
The following day we started to empty the tanks, after we had fixed all leakages in the system. Some of them are temporary fixed, for example a hot water pipe to the shower which is broken and needs to be changed. We plugged it right now so the fresh water system can run without any leakages.
We reused the old fresh water pump, which seems to work fine.
Since we have emptied the tanks completely we also need to sail back and fill them so that we can start using the fresh water, but at least the system is working right know.
We have also found a second hand watermaker which we bought yesterday! 🙂 It will definitely make our sailing adventure easier, not being dependent on water. But more about the watermaker later.