Itīs been a while since the last update but itīs been a nice summer and I figure living on board a boat in these weather
circumstances isnīt much different from any boating vacation
.. so I havenīt bothered with the everyday issues that you all know anyway, from your own experiences
Anyway, since I first picked up the boat in the spring I have had a total of 10-12 nights in a bed
ashore and the rest on the boat. I never slept very well when away and Iīm still "enjoying the hell out of me". Yes, of course there had been days when Iīve said to myself: "What the fck are you doing here?" But I said that very same thing to myself 3-4 days per week before I launched this little "project" so itīs really nothing to pay any attention to. Itīs mainle when itīs rained for a week or so straight, that Iīve wanted away. You know, dripping wet clothes and anything else that makes anyone feel miserable. But once I did go away -even for a night- I couldnīt get back soon enough. Iīve realized that not everyday is sunshine and happy thoughts but hey.. life isnīt all that fun all the time regardless of what you do, where you live and who you are. I used to be a geek when it came to stuff.. if itīs electronic and goes "beep" I wanted it. Now, Iīm satisfied with what makes life easier. I dont need 3 TVs, nor do I need 4 computers
, 3 cell phones or mile long shelves filled w books
Iīve read at least twice. All I need to do is to look around myself. A new back yard every day if thatīs what I want. New neighbors every day too.. again if I want them. If not.. there are plenty of islands with no boats moored. Iīm lucky and I know it.
I installed the shore power
system a while back and I have now made some additions with outlets here and there, an oil
filled 230V radiator in the cabin
and a heater fan for those days that will be extra cold. The meth stove will make room for a 230V ditto during the time I will be "frozen in" and I have bought a tiny 230V oven
Over time I have met problems, dealt with them and moved on. most of the time the simplest solutions proved to be the best ones: Fishing gear
hanging from the roof, A lot of space allocated for the unused sails
will be free once I get the furler
. Wardrobes nowadays only contain about a weeks supply of clothes, the rest of them are packed down in bags and cases stowed away from everyday space. Itīs all about planning. Now I know exactly where what is so after a week I but the dirty clothes in one bag, refill with clean ones and Iīm good to go again. After 3 weeks -maybe 4 in wintertime- I do the washing
up thing and so it goes.
I used to have things packed by item but found it was easier to store by "week" or time if you know what I mean? It was absolute hell to have to open stowage after stowage to get t-shirts here, undies there etc etc.
After having done a few rougher trips with stuff everywhere as a result, I have attached cargo nets to the shelves. Maybe not the most elegant solution, but it works, and it cost practically nothing. The things stay in place even at the toughest angles. The TV is in permanent place, with a swinging wall mount. Itīs strapped down to the wall when sailing, and swings out when I wanna watch it.
Me and my brother-in-law have a tradition to do an annual trip every fall. Sometimes in a tent by a small lake, sometimes in their caravan and this year in my boat.
We started out in 17 m/s, very rough sea and total darkness and rain on a friday night. 110% genoa
and reefed down main gave us quite a ride. Iīm still not all that experienced when it comes to sailing, but the Maxi
is a sturdy boat that rarely gives you any unpleasant surprises so it was never uncomfortable in any way. The weather
cleared up and we had a wonderful 4 days out. My dad passed away 2 weeks ago and this trip was in his memory. We followed that same trail that I used to do with my father when I was a kid. From my marina, to the small bay where we had the summer house, further more east towards the northeast most sity at the shores of Vanern, called Kristinehamn, where we bought that same kind of sausage we used to do some 35 years ago, completed with my fathers favorite vodka, Smirnoff. A trip I wouldnīt have wanted undone for anything.
Now, everyone, tell me what I have forgotten on my checklist for the "ice age"
1) I will place a frost guard in the engine
room so I dont have to do anything with the raw water
inlet to the engine
2) Same thing with the outlet for the sink, a 60W lightbulb next to the outlet would probably prevent this from being clogged with ice, right?
will remain on, not releasing any of the tension to the rigging
4) cock pit drain will be closed unless I can find a cock pit tent soon enough, and same will go with the valve for this: A frostguard will be installed in the stern stowage compartment where the cockpit
drain exits through the hull
. Necessarry or not?
5) Anything else I need to think about?
Fair winds, now Iīm off sailing