Our boat is starting to look fancy!

We are definitely starting to make a progress with our mahogany interior. And the result is really good, we are really happy with our decision to do this work, even though it takes time. It both looks really good and also a lot of improvements with the boat smell. The entire boat is bit by bit starting to feel a lot fresher. One thing we did that has been a huge improvement smell-wise, is that we have set up old computer fans in the bilge to drag out the air in the bilge outside instead of it rising into the living area of the boat. We are also looking at renting a ozon generator to get rit of some old boat smell.

Now let’s look at some mahogany pictures.

Setting up some mahogany.
The final result! 🙂
This is how it looked before, hard to show on a picture but the fabric was pretty worn out, had lost a lot of color and had gathered a lot of the famous boat smell.
And this is how it looked behind the old fabric and the styrofoam we got rid of. Very dirty and some mold as well. Really nice that we opened it up and cleaned behind.

We have planned to add mahogany at two more places, around the navigation table and at our aft “cabin”. After that we also have some more work to finish our electrical installation and also continue with our autopilot, of course. And also get all paperwork in order.

First mahogany lists in position

It’s been a couple of days since our last update here, but we blame Christmas holidays for that. We have spent some time working on the boat as well but also taking some time off to spend with our families.

One thing we have done during Christmas is to set up the first mahogany lists in the guest cabin.

First mahogany lists up.

We painted the vertical plywood strips black in case of gaps between the mahogany lists. The black material behind the mahogany is an insulation material called Armaflex, which we use both as a support for the lists and extra insulation.

Starting to look really beautiful 🙂

We also moved the boat to a protected winter harbor for the coldest months before the ice comes. We will stay in the water for the winter and take Anne-Mon up on land in spring to go over the hull and re-paint it.

Cold winter tour to move the boat.

Soon it is a new year, 2020, the year we will leave Sweden and start our sailing adventure! 🙂 More about our plans for 2020 in next post.

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.


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.