We bought a sailboat

Welcome to our sailing blog! We are currently renovating and preparing our sailboat for sailing around the world. On this site we will share all the work we do. But first we will show some pictures on how the boat looked like when we bought it. As time goes by you will be able to find all work we do under the category Renovation.

August 2018

On the 9th of August 2018 we bought our boat, Anne-Mon (at the moment the sign says Balancia but we will change that). It is a OC35 built in 1967 by Malmö Flygindustri in Sweden. She is a 35 foot (approx. 10.7 meters), long keeled and  ketch-rigged. It is a robust boat that was built for sailing across oceans, but she has never had the opportunity. We bought the boat as a renovation-project. The previous owner started to prepare her for cruising, but then she was abandoned for 10 years until we bought her.

More facts about Anne-Mon and what equipment we have so far can be found HERE.

Here are some pictures from the day we bought her:

Anne-Mon seen from the outside. It is the main mast that is placed on-board the boat. One of the things we really liked with the boat was the large and robust bowsprit.

Welcome aboard!

The deck is synthetic teak, which will be really nice since it will be much easier to take care of than real teak.
A closer look at the bowsprit. There is a Bruce anchor in the bow with manual anchor gear.
The cockpit. The previous owner had started to reinforce the plastic, but the work isn’t finished. There are some cracks which we will have to fix and the plan is to do it before winter arrives. We also have a smaller anchor here in the stern and a dinghy davit.
Right now there is a temporary hatch door. There are some leaking through the door which we would like to fix before winter. There are parts for a new door that was included, which we should finish and attach. But that will probably be done in the spring.
wind vane adapter
We really liked the wheel. It is very beautiful and gives a fantastic feeling 🙂 There was also a really robust wind vane that went with the boat, which will come to good use when cruising. The adapter for the wind vane can be seen on the wheel.

Now lets take a look inside. 

The kitchen area seen from the cabin door. Here Thomas is inspecting one of the fuel tanks. On starboard side there is the navigation table and on port side a cabin for two persons.
The navigation table, which is quite messy at the moment. Here we also have a panel with displays for all instruments.
The cabin in the stern (also quite messy). One of the beds goes in the same direction as the boat and the other one goes across the boat. Under one of the beds there is a cooling box.
The galley. There is quite much room on the bench and there is a marine stove. There is also microwave, but we have no idea if it works. There is a fridge here which is cooled  using propane.

The sofa and the table in the kitchen area. There are some storage areas underneath the sofa. The table can be lowered and the sofas can be remade into a bed for two persons.
Ahead of the galley. On the port side there is a chair where you can sit a relax and a wardrobe. On the starboard side there is another cabin and a bathroom. The main cabin is located in the bow. In the main cabin you can see a sprayhood that was included when buying the boat.
 
The chair on port side.
The cabin on starboard side. In this cabin we have a diesel stove heater.
The bed in the starboard cabin, which continues under the sofa in the kitchen area.
The wardrobe on port side.
The bathroom. Here the main mast is located. The toilet is flushed manually, which might be a good thing. The bathroom feels quite big (compared to other sailboats we looked at before buying Anne-Mon). There’s a lot of room for storage in the cabinet behind the toilet and you can take a shower without problem..

The main cabin. Under the beds on both sides there are some good storage. Under the beds in the bow, the bow thruster is located.
There is also a ladder to a hatch window in the ceiling.
The tanks and other stuff below the kitchen area. In the bottom of this picture you can see the fuel tanks. Then you can see Thomas inspecting the box for the batteries. To the right of the batteries are the engine and you can also see a small part of the generator. The bilge is very dirty, there is a lot of water, oil and other yummy stuff here, which needs to be taken care of.

A closer look at the engine and the generator. The engine is a Volvo Penta MD19 and the generator is Zeise Liliput Multi Power.
An overview of the interior in the boat.
An overview of the systems in the boat. F – Fuel tanks (3 in total, 2 of the tanks are for the engine and the third is a smaller for the diesel stove heater), W – water tanks (3 in total), E – the engine, G – the generator, B – the box for the batteries, H – a water heater, Fr – One fridge in the galley and a cooling box under one of the beds in the stern. In the bow is the bow thruster.

We have some work that needs to be done with Anne-Mon and in this blog we will share all the work we do to renovate our sailboat. Our first mission is to start the engine. It hasn’t been started in 10 years, so our expectations are quite low. Then we will try to fix the cracks in the cockpit. 

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