Winter 2011-12Posted by captain 28 Apr, 2012 19:59:56
Today we were out at the dock again and painted the outside of Isabell. The weather was fantastic, and a lot of people were at the marina fixing and getting ready for launching day next week. Now it is time to start loading all the equipment back onboard.
Hope we have the same nice weather tomorrow!
Winter 2011-12Posted by captain 14 Apr, 2012 19:02:56
Saturday 14 April 2012. It was snowing again today. I went to see the boat and work inside. Put in a new carpet and rewired some stuff inside. Up on deck thick wet snow. About 0 degrees Celcius outside. Luckily the heater is on inside and warming up nicely.
In the evening the snow stopped falling and the sun came out. Actually became nice. See some pictures of Isabell today...
Winter 2011-12Posted by captain 12 Apr, 2012 21:22:43
The past weekend it was time to uncover Isabell, in spite of the snow flurries on Saturday. We worked hard both Saturday and Sunday to polish and fix things. When all the hard work was done, Monica got out the old hammock and a few km of rope and made a nice fancy seaworthy "slingerkooi" for the skipper. She herself prefers to sleep on the cabin floor when at sea. But here is how it turned out... Nice!
Testing out the new swing berth. Or whatever you call a "slingerkooi" in English.
Winter 2011-12Posted by captain 05 Apr, 2012 09:11:27
Along the way I have passed a number of Monsun boats. I have seen one or more of them in nearly every other port in Sweden, both along the western and eastern shores. Most of the ships I have seen in real life where in very good conditions, judging from the looks of the hulls and riggings. It is always kind of special to see another Monsun sailing. And all of the ones I have seen are personalized, yet still Monsuns.
A beautiful occasion was when I sailed out to the most southeastern Swedish island of Utklippan one day to do some seal spotting with my daughter Ronja. We were out there late in September, and days had become rather short. Moored inside the inner well-protected harbor on the island, we had gone ashore and taken pictures and enjoyed the wildlife on this beautiful island. As we were getting ready to leave in the evening, another Monsun comes out of the East, lit up by the sun that was just about to tip behind the horizon in the west. It had a German flag and carried a father and son who were on their way home to Germany from a trip to Kalmar and Oland, Sweden. Moments like this are so nice that I have started to think about where all the Monsun boats have ended up after 30-40 years of floating about. Obviously, many were still in Sweden, but some also had been bought by owners very far away from the shipyard on Orust.
Then, as I started scouring the Internet about Monsun information for a while back I found out that many owners are in contact with other owners, and the exchange of technical innovations and ideas about sailing techniques with this special vessel was abundant. So I thought that it would be cool to provide all the Monsun owners with a platform for a connection, the Monsun ships listing.
So with some decent skills in SQL, database management, and PHP I put together the initial list. Then, of course it had to have some content in it to begin with. A good start was the Danish Monsun Club that had a listing of the member ships in their member section. I copied that into the list. Then I also am a member of the Swedish Cruising Association SXK. There were over 100 member boats listed, that I copied into the list. From Hallberg-Rassy Shipyard I heard that many boats had been sold to Sweden, Germany and Denmark. So I had to fix some pages on the web to catch the attention of German owners as well. I know that a few German boats sail in the Netherlands. And then I got so many nice responses from all kinds off people on the list, that I find it worthwhile to put it out to the Internet community.
I have email-addresses of many Monsun owners, but do not want to put them on the public side of the database. But in case you as a Monsun owner have questions to a specific other Monsun owner, please drop me a mail, and I will forward it to the person in question. I will on request post messages and links to sites on this site.
Sailing season 2011Posted by captain 01 Apr, 2012 21:56:05
On 3 May 2011 Isabell is going back into the water at the Rastaholm Varv Marina. It is raining that day and +3 degrees Celcius in the air. But it is done! At 15.45 Isabell is floating in the harbour. The engine starts right away and off we are for a little tour around the Marina. I get to stay in a slot on the Guest harbour pontoon jetty. In the rain, then, I put up the boom and sails, stackpack, anchorage gear and rescue materials over deck. Checked for leaks throughout the ship. No leaks! Good.
Ready to sail. During the 4-6 May provisions are stored aboard, and all gear is checked. The new generator appears to work ok.
Winter 2011-12Posted by captain 20 Mar, 2012 20:36:30
The past weekend it was time to start fixing things inside Isabell. The weather was cold and dreary on Saturday, but turned out real nice on Sunday afternoon and evening.
Saturday it was windy and sitting inside the main cabin the wind was howling in the rigging. Oh what I have missed that sound!
Lots of small fixings to do. But the heater is on and with 220V connected there is enough light in the cabin to see. In the afternoon of Saturday the cable connected to the wall electricity shorted (one of the leads was damaged) and after a big smelly flash, power went out. So after shopping for a new connector the cable was shortened and reconnected.
Not many persons have yet started to do maintenance. It is still cold outside and there was ice left on the lake. See the pictures below.
And Sunday evening!
Winter 2011-12Posted by captain 15 Mar, 2012 20:28:31
The weather is getting warmer and drier by the day and the feeling of Spring soon arriving gets stronger and stronger. Now the sails are ready repaired for the season. The sail cover stackpack has a new "expensive" zipper. The to-do list is shrinking. This weekend we are going to have a look at the Marina and see if the snow is gone. Possibly not, since in between the covered boats the sun does not reach down and melt off the thick snowpack until quite late in the Spring.
Isabell is nice and dry inside during the winter. No problems whatsoever with condensation or dampness inside. That was another story with other boats I've had.
Nonetheless, most of the interior is sitting at home in the apartment, waiting for better weather, just like the Skipper...
This Spring not much underwater body work needs to be done. Most of the work is inside the cabin and bathroom. The heater is being fixed and the autopilot is at the workshop for service. Let's hope it can still be used a few more years.
Here Isabell comes out of the water last year, see that there was very little fouling on the hull, in spite of no antifouling use. Great!
Sailing season 2010Posted by captain 09 Mar, 2012 22:45:18
Friday 2 July 2010
We sail through the archipelago to the island of Munkö where we find a nice cove N of the island. We have cover from three sides and about 3-4 m water under our keel. Perfect.
Sailing season 2010Posted by captain 09 Mar, 2012 22:31:18
Thursday 1 July 2010
58* 47.03 N 017* 50.17 E just SW
of Torö (Landsort)
On our way at 1040 local time. Nice weather, Winds W 4-8 ms
sail inside the archipelago and here we meet many sailing boats on their way every which way. But there is good space and the wind is right. We are still a bit tired from yesterday, so we decide not to make this leg too long.
At 1700 local time we are in Askfatharbour at Dalarö after a very nice straight line sailing tour. Todays distance sailed 30 NM. Position 59* 08.14 N 018* 24.12 E.
Askfathamnen is a nice guest harbour to visit. Excellent service. Wlaking distance to the stores and town centre. Dalarö is a must see! We go shopping for some food and a treat of ice-cream. Well earned. We eat a nice dinner with some wine and good toetje!!!
Hah! Back into the race. Barometer is going up again. Better weather on the way. Let's hope it will be some wind as well. Goodnight!