Wednesday, 14 August 2013

To Furusund

The next day we took our leave and sailed north up Blidösund.  The winds were light from th southeast but we made good speed to start with.  In the narrow sound though the wind proved elusive and we were ghosting along if not stopped for the best part of two hours.
Eventually we caught a breeze and had a gurgling reach out to the north end of Yxlan.  From there we close hauled into Furusund to approach the harbour with the same name. Sails down we motored in looking for where to anchor up to the guest jetties. Then we spotted a young man from the marina hailing us. "What`s your beam?" he asked... not something I've needed to know before. I stuck out my arms and guestimated...and obviously gave the right answer as we were pointed further in to the harbour to nose into a Y-boom space. Luxury.. and no messing around with the anchor in a confined space.
More luxury was dinner where we traded the grill for the värdshus... a proper posh dinner with great views of the passing ferries on their way to Åland.  Surprisingly, given how close they pass, there was very little swell...

Tuesday, 13 August 2013


Holiday moved northward... making good progress looking for a good spot that would take three boats with lee from the fresh south westerlies. Eventually after trying a couple of nearby spots we settled on Själbottna.  And as is often the the case our quiet spot soon filled up.  It was our last night in company as we planned to head on northwards and our companions were only out for the long weekend.  Still its nice to have company when the chance comes.

Monday, 12 August 2013

Off on our holidays

The long awaited day arrives...   this years sailing holiday begins, and we are heading north again, aiming for Grisslehamn a little north of Stockholms archipelago.
To get us off to a good start the first leg is a brisk 30nm witha good wind from the south carrying us on at good speed.  We plan to meet up with friends for the evening so the final destination is a bit up to how far we come - and where they've got to.  This slightly flexible equation resolves itself as wecome past Stavsnäs thanks to the miracle that is the mobile phone and we settle on a sheltered are in the midst of Möja skärgård..  picked from THE book to have reasonable all round shelter, and good prospects of space for three boats together.
Both of these prove to be true.  The last mile or so south down a narrow sound we take by motor and tie up towards the outer end of a promontory in what is a fairly busy spot.  About an hour later company arrives and we are soon three boats tie up to shore with the crews assembled on shore swapping stories and enjoying a beautiful sunset... 
Midsummer is well past and the skies are get darker.. starlight is also back on the agenda and from our rock we look right out at Polaris and the Great Bear
August 5th 2013
Winds - S-SW 7 to 8 m/s
Distance 29,5nm

Sunday, 11 August 2013


We set out for Mikkelsland,in the islands south of Dalarö, but when we arrived at what looked like a good spot on the chart the shelter int he prevailing wind wasn't really up to scratch - so we changed plan and sailed on to Kymmendö - just a little further round off the end of Ornö, by Jungfrufjärden.  We anchored in to an open bay just inside the cove - which by co-incidence was about where we anchored on our first and only other visit here.  It wasn't long before were joined by a string of other boats.
After a spot of lunch we took up miniHari and took a test run on the oars up and down the bay.  Not bad was the verdict..  very light to turn, but still not too bad for course stability.  And of course we ended the day with the grill out - crossing the headland for a fine sunset....

Saturday, 8 June 2013

miniHari. Now you see it. Now you don't.

First trip of the season is a chance to test the new tender - a Seahopper Crafty Scamp, a folding dinghy a snip over two meters long.  Over winter it's had two coats of deck paint inside, and I've made some modifications in the forepeak to get it to lie along  the port side  when stowed...

Trickiest from a stowage point of view has been the oars and mast,  which are both two meters long and competing for space with the coolbox under the cockpit.

First impressions?  Well..

Setting it up on deck took some planning. There is no flat space big enough for the boat.  In the end we put it across the cockpit with one each side which worked very well.  I'm not sure how it would be in a channel swell but in a sheltered archipelago it's going to be fine.     

Rowing, it is very light. One up it sits high and turns on sixpence... but the downside of that is that you need to keep attention to your course. Then I  had a bit  of trouble keeping the oars positioned at the right length.. partly lack of practice, and partly that I've yet to put any sort of collar or binding on them.

Setting up to sail took a while... including a few first time tasks.  The biggest puzzle left now is the best and easiest way to secure the mast.

Sailing was fun if a little frustrating at times. We were in an enclosed bay with the classic 'winds.. light to variable'.  Adjusting the rig- the front of the sail need to be tight to keep the gaff high  and give the right shape when sheeted in. Likewise the yoke for the mainsheet  block was too long to start with. I shortened it a lot out on the water.

Upwind was hard work.. a lot of drift to leeward meant a lot of tacks and the daggerboard pops up which doesn't help.  (Two holes and a little bungee should fix that at least :-)

Overall, fun to sail.. if you can still squeeze into a bathtub.

Thursday, 25 April 2013

Spring at last

It feels like a long winter, but is time at last for preparing the boat for the season.  When the covers came off there was still snow lying around and the scaffold for the covers ways frozen into the ground.

Now,a couple of weeks later, the sun is up and it is a please to be in the marina working on the boat.

Last season we changed anti-fouling to the new low copper version.  One side effect of This is that the new paint is not as soft and sends in much better shape after the season. So This year we are trying a new approach and just touching up the existing layer instead of painting a whole new layer ( or two).  Apart from saving several hundred crowns it's hopefully better for the environment.  We will see in the autumn if it is actually still effective in inhibiting growth.

Apart from that, high up on the last is rubbing and polishing... as usual the hull is quite faded after a season in the sun.  But, after a few hours with rubbing and polish she now has her old shine back. Step one done

Saturday, 9 February 2013

Up to temperature

Spring still feels a long away off, with fresh snow this week, but the boat's not forgotten. The cushion covers from the berths went in the wash last week.

And today. I made a major investment...

an old steak thermometer from the fifties or sixties .

OK. Not essential but hopefully a useful addition to the galley for all those grill evenings out in the archipelago

Sunday, 20 January 2013

Old tat

January and thoughts are already on getting the boat ready. Apart from how I'm going to stow the new tender and whether to buy a new genoa there's also the galley to look out for.  I have it in mind to find a few seventies bits and pieces to add to the folkboat feeling.

Yesterday at a vintage shop in town I picked up this small melamine tray. Not sure how old it is but it should come in handy once the sun has gone below the yardarm...