Our days before departure

When we last wrote a blog post we were working hard preparing the topsides for the upcoming paint job, and since then a lot of things has happened. Here follows a summary of what we’ve been up to lately. We plan on writing another more detailed post about our experiences with painting the topsides with roller later, for those who are interested in reading about that.

When we were finished with preparing the topsides it was time to start with the primer.
And then a second layer of primer.

After we were done with primer we sanded it all down and then it was time for the finish.

Shiny, shiny, shiny!
Halfway done!

Between each layer of finish we matted it down, and it total we painted 3 layers. After the topsides were done we continued with the waterline, set up the new name and painted with epoxy primer and antifouling on the bottom and finally we ended up here:

For the record, this is the before:

Besides all the paint jobs we have also done some more preparations for the autopilot.

Autopilot drive unit with its attachment on the steering.
Connected to each other.

As we were working with the steering we also changed the steering wire.

Changing the steering wire, old and new.

Other than that we have also:

  • Tried starting the generator, we had some sea water leakage issues we had to solve but other than that it looked good. It will be a good complement to get electricity.
  • Setting up our instruments; VHF, HF-radio etc.
  • Setting up the new electrical panel and connecting the most vital functions (lanterns, navigational instruments, water pumps, alarms, fridge for example)
  • Tested our freezer box, we need to adjust the arduino code that controls the temperature a bit as the compressor runs a bit to often we think, but it gets really cold in the box.
  • And we have done a lot of other stuff as well, fixing toilet, gone over the rig, had our genoa shortened the day before departure (thanks to amazing sailmaker Björn on Södermalm), cleaning the boat, started packing and bought a lot of food.
Messy boat when trying to find where it leaks from the generator.
Instruments in position.
Bought a lot of food!
Food sorting!

We had some stressful final days to get everything ready but we made it, a bit later than we would have wanted but now we are on our way. Under Current Position you can follow our track.

Small update

Sorry for before no so bad at updating here, we have been very busing getting everything ready for our departure. We are back in the water and right now we are fixing the final stuff. Within a week we will be off on our sailing adventure, feels pretty unreal.
We will update soon what we have done on the boat lately and a lot of other stuff, but right now we work long days so that we can start sailing!

Bad weather, fishing gear and insurance progress

During the last weeks we haven’t had very good weather here in Stockholm, very cold and rainy so we haven’t been able to make as much progress as we would have liked with the paint job. But, during the rainy days we have been able to get started with all other final jobs we want to do before departure, such as starting with autopilot installation, replacing our old manual windlass with an electrical one and finishing our electrical panel, so at least we haven’t been out of work 😉

Whenever there has been a weather window we have been adding putty and sanded on the topsides until it felt pretty ok. We have used epoxy together with a fairing filler which is easy to sand, but it takes a long time to harden.

Adding epoxy putty onto the topsides.

We have also removed and replaced all our through-hulls and during the rainy days we managed to finish that.

Good decision to replace the old through-hulls…

We also tried out our new laser we bought to mark the waterline and make it straight. We weren’t very satisfied with the old waterline as it wasn’t very straight. Hopefully it will be better by using the laser but it is not easy knowing how the actual waterline will be.

Using laser to mark waterline.

We have also bought a fishing reel. We managed to find a second hand Penn Senator 12/0, and it is HUGE. Which we realized when we got it. We also realized that it could be that model they use in the movie Jaws, or maybe they use a bigger one in the movie. As it is so big we plan to have it rail-mounted instead of on a rod. It also feels like a good idea since our cockpit is pretty small anyway and both the mizzen mast and windvane is blocking the way to be able to use the rod fully.

Our “new” HUGE fishing reel.

We have also made some progress with finding an insurance for both us and the boat. As we mentioned in this post we have had issues finding third party insurance only for our trip as our boat is pretty cheap and old. But now we have almost signed and paid for an insurance. We also managed to get a travel insurance for ourselves, via our home insurance. Will write more about the insurance and paperwork in general soon.

A short update

It was a couple of days since we updated anything here and the reason for that is that we have just been busy both with our regular jobs and preparing Anne-Mon. We try to do shorter updates on Instagram, so follow us there if you want to see more.

But in short we are still working a lot with the interior of the boat and removing and replacing the rotten wood. We have also made a lot of progress with the freezer and we think it will be really great 🙂

We also recently bought a new life raft, we bought a Sea Safe Pro Light for 4 persons, which was on sale during the boat fair season here in Sweden. Hopefully this is something we will never have to use, but it feels really good to have one.

We also have the huge thing happening in the world right now… We really hope that for all people affected that things we calm down soon so that the hospitals can handle all infected people and so that more people doesn’t lose their jobs. We also, of course, hope that our sailing plans won’t be affected by this, but time will tell… For now we keep on practicing social distancing (pretty easy when you have a boat to renovate, we usually never go to bigger events anyway) and hope that everything will be OK.

Will hopefully have time to write a longer post soon about our renovation progress with pictures and everything.

Plans for 2020

Today, on New Year’s Eve, it is 200 days left until our planned departure date, when we will set sail towards the Caribbean. During 2019 we did a lot of renovation and set sails for the first time and sailed around in the archipelago. We got to know our boat and made it more livable again after a lot of years abandoned. But this post is not about what we have done, it is about what we have left to do before we leave.

Winter months

During the coldest months we will focus on:

  • finishing the interior inside the boat
  • finish the electricity (some lamps left etc)
  • get a solution for autopilot working (more about this later)
  • go over instruments (VHF, radar)
  • sort out paperwork (insurance, boat registration, VHF certificate etc)
  • install watermaker
  • fix an extra cooling box or fridge
  • take a look at the bow thruster
Spring & early summer
  • Haul out and go over the keel and hull, clean it and paint it
  • Fix our leakages once and for all
  • Finalize details in cockpit, last piece of teak etc
  • Mounting the windvane & autopilot
  • Finalize the last solar panel installation
  • Repair the bathing platform
Late summer & Autumn

Our plan is to leave Stockholm middle of July and head south towards the Caribbean. More details about the route we plan to take can be found under the page The Plan.

We are very excited about our upcoming adventure and we hope you will enjoy following our journey, both the last preparations and the sailing as well! 🙂

Happy New Year!