About the names of oceans:
The sea between Sweden
is kalled "kattegat" in norwegian, between Norway and Denmark
is kalled "skagerak". This is what I was refering to as "Scandinavian sea".
The stretch from shetland to the barents sea is what I was refering to as "Northern sea". I guess Norwegian sea would be more correct. This is what I got outside, with few islands sheltering the coastline.
Yeah , the trip could be done entirely coastal , but that would mean a number of detours. I want to go across from Norway to Denmark , and across the bay of biscay. could go around though , I've bought the boat , so unless I'm not satisfied whith the boat , this is the one I'll use.
Structural changes.. The only structural change I'm planning is stretching the cabin
a bit towards the stern, to get more interior space , and a smaller cockpit. And maybe , just maybe lower the rear cabin
roof a bit to get a more harmonic look , with the smaller windows I'm putting in. I'll keep the bulkhead under the mast
, add a bulkhead between the front bed
and the sail locker (looks like there was a removeable wall there before),and maybe add a bulkhead between the new main hatch
position and the cabin , depending on where I decide to put the bathroom.
Maybe I should tell you something. I haven't seen the boat yet , nor will I for a month or two.
The boat lies on the norwegian/swedish border , the boat was surveyed by a friend of mine and a boating
friend of him.
It has costed me half of a month' paycheck. and the interior needs work.
I'll go down and look it over when the current
engagement ends in noveber/december, and sail it here early spring. I'll use a month or so to get it here if I have to , so I will not be taking any risks. It'll take the time it takes.
I'll do the electrics and mechanics myself. I've done a bit of GRP work myself , but will get help from a buddy who has worked with GRP boat production and repairs
for a decade.
I got the meranti I need for the interior , and another friend who actually is a cabinet-maker!!
I plan to salvage
a old plywood
sailboat wich is nearby , the owner wants to get rid of it.
It has the stanchions I need , some sails
, a LOT of different wood and plywood
, kitchen stuff , etc.
It will keep my cabinet-making friend happy for a long time
the boat I need at first.. Yeah , at ten times the price
, and still be upgrading it for offshore
cruising. Aint gonna happen , while paying a house loan at record
time in these scary times.
No , I'll buy the cheapest hull wich will do, keep my eyes on the salvage
market and the used market, and use the the next year and a half to figure out what i need , and what I can do whithout.
I am looking for a vacation
home in the meds later on, to use and to rent out, so we will not be staying in the boat for a full year. But for the first two-three months after arriving, and some round trips later on, the boat will be our home.
I do plan to fly home to Norway in the hottest summer months. Too hot in spain
, and great money to be made at home.
I guess you get a feeling that there will be a bigger boat later , and you would be correct.
However , I'm not going to sell all i own to buy a bigger boat than I can handle, just to find out that this life was not my cup of tea. But I want to sail now , so first we go cheap
, while we're still young (well, allmost) , and keep the house, and get a small cortijo in spain , or somewhere else where we enjoy the culture. If we decide that cruising is the life for us ,I'll sail home , live in the boat while working my ass off. With the rent for the houses and my salary , I should be able to buy a decent boat after less than a year. And by then I'll know what I want in my cruising home. If.....
For now , it's just an adventure , but it may become a lifestyle..