Summer sailing,2016.

Well well, it haven’t been written much on this blog lately, but here comes a summary of what have happen during the summer. After the Norwegian trip in May, we traditionally spent “midsummer” at Kalvö/Lindö island. The weather was nice so we spent the rest of June sailing around north “Bohuslän” the Swedish west coast.

July 2. I took the train to the city Kalmar where my friend had his  yacht “S/Y Esmeralda ” a  37′ Fantasi lying. My mission was to help him sail around his boat south Sweden to the west coast of Sweden where he would like to spend the summer this year.

July 19. Today we head out with Crusader for a short trip with our grandchild Ida Harlin (8 year) onboard. This is the first time for her to be out with us (grandparents) sailing and stay overnight. Next day we picked up the rest of her family and her little sister Thilde (2 year) in Mollösund. Now we went to “Slubbersholmen” lagoon for swimming and relaxing on the beach. air temp 81 F (27 C). After a wonderful day together we said back to Mollösund and drop the family Harlin of. Due to the excellent weather and promising forecast was for rest of the week, Inger and I decided to keep on sailing as long the nice weather stay. We sailed to Vallerö,Käringön, Lysekil,Röbäcks kile, and then Koljefjord around the big island Orust to our home Stenungsund. We were back Sunday July 24.

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A beautiful old “Swan 48 or 50” designed by Sparkman&Stephens anchored next to us at Vallerö island.

 

July 25 – August 13.  No sailing, Crusader moored at her home berth.

August 14. The forecast for the upcoming week was warm and nice weather with moderate winds (kind of Indian summer) so we head out with Crusader  for another round trip in Bohuslän archipelago. After a couple of days Tuesday august 16 when we were at Smögen fisherman village S/Y Geist with Christian and Ing-Marie show up and joined us for the rest of the week. We sailed north bound to “Sannäsfjorden“, Strömstad, and then North-Koster Island. At N-Koster we met S/Y Swordfish with Marcus and his family onboard. We all were invited to Swordfish for a shrimp party that evening. Marcus have been able to get fresh shrimps from his friend Christer who is a fisherman and owner of the Fishing boat “Axö”. We all enjoyed the party so much so we forgot the time,,,we didn’t got back to our boats until early next morning.

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S/Y GEIST and S/Y Crusader tied together at Lammön, Sannäsfjorden.

August 20. We left Koster in the morning and head south to Bovallstrand for fueling at the Marina. After a quick visit at Bovallstrand we dropped anchor in the cove north Bovallstrand at Valö. All 4 SXK-bouys were  already occupied by other sailboats.Off course another day of head wind,,,so motoring again. I haven’t use the engine so many hours before as I have this year,,,always wind in your nose.

August 21. Today we all decide to sail south to “Fiskebäckskil” and “Lyckans slip”. No wind so we were motoring all the way. Still hot weather and temp in the 80:s (25-28 C). The evening was spent together with Christian and Ing-marie on Geist on Crusader. We all talked about how warm and nice weather we have had this week. Some places in Sweden    reported record high temps,,,,,,,,Global Warming????

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view of Smögen Harbor

August 22. Today we split up and Crusader went home the south route through “Stigfjorden“to Stenungsund.Today “No wind” at all, so again motoring to get home. Geist went the North route back to Stenungsund around the big island “Orust” and “Koljefjorden”.

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Crusader

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Crusader

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GEIST

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GEIST

August 23 –  september 7. No sailing, Crusader moored at home harbor.

Next time Crusader heads out will be in September and “The annual last sailing week with S/Y GEIST and S/Y Franziska.  See you then,,

Fair Winds!!  //Conny S/Y Crusader

 

 

 

 

 

Final sailing week of the season, 2016.

September 8. Finally the day for our traditionally “Fall sailing”  with S/Y Geist / Skipper Christian, and S/Y Franziska / skipper Stefan. This week is the last last sailing days for the season. We used to go along the coastline of the west coast up to North Koster island and back. I got my friend Bert Wate from Sarasota,Fl onboard for a couple of days. This is the second time Bert is with us during our annual “fall sailing week” . He like it so much last year so he called and asked come along. We sailed a fairly long leg the first day. Stenungsund – Smögen where  Franziska and Geist were waiting on us. Bert had brought a huge “Fish Gratin” of Cod  so we all four had dinner onboard Crusader.

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All skippers enjoy the sunset in Smögen.

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the old Fishing boat “Asta” with an old heavy 1 cylinder hot bulb diesel engine.

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Dockside of Smögen fisherman village

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Sunset i the port of Smögen

September 9. Woke up at 07:30 and went for the daily shower. Bert made breakfast while I was showering.  About 11 o’clock we all left Smögen and todays “port of call” will be Strömsund/ Weather Islands, my favorite place. After have past  Soten Canal I set my genacker which now is mounted on a” Selden top-down furler”. This set up made it much easier for me to handle the genacker  than my previous solution with a sock. Now I control everything from cockpit and don’t have to be on fore deck. The wind was picking up so much (10-12m/s) from SW so we have to take down the genacker and roll out the Genoa. Strömsund is well covered place to be when the wind picking up. After dinner we all climb up on top and watch the sunset. Still haven’t seen the famous “Green flash” what people says appear when the sun is just to disappear in the horizon. We shared a bottle of “Pinot Noir” with cheese and crackers while watching the beautiful sunset. Weather islands are Sweden next westerly group of Islands. Only Koster Islands are more westerly.

September 10. Gale warning today so we decided to leave Weather Islands before the gale brake out and sail to Hamburgsund  which is a safe haven for storms and gales. we had wind of 7-10 m/s so made good speed and for a change we do not have to use the engine,,,yippee !!! After have moored in Hambursund we run into a fellow who sailed an OE32 (S/Y Boheme) a very seaworthy double ender, designed by Olle Enderlain. Later a Norwegian couple came  and moored in front of us with a huge “Oyster 55”,,,they lived aboard all year around.

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T/S Westcoast

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Stefan Brunzell and Bert Wate take some refreshments in cockpit of Crusader after have moored in Hamburgsund.

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S/Y Geist with Christian Engerberg arrive Hamburgsund

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Christian relaxing with a beer after a hard days work

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Nice picture of the church at Hamburg island

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Stefan Brunzell on S/Y Franziska.

 

September 11. Motoring again (head wind from south 12-15 m/s). Todays leg was to make it down to Hunnebostrand where Bert Wate is going leave us next morning and take a Bus and later a train back to Varberg, where he has his summer home. I had some trouble with my engine,,,after the bumpy passage of “Bina” north Bovallstrand the engine will not reach max rpm of 2200rpm only 1600rpm. I suspect the prefilter Racor (10micron). The first thing was to replace that filter after we moored at Hunnebostrand. Couldn’t see anything weird like dirt or water, but I replaced it anyway. Obviously was it the filter, due to next day the engine act normal again. That night we had a farewell dinner for Bert. The weather was  still clear sky and warm, westerly wind from west (10 m/s) .

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S/Y Geist have Bumpy ride at “Bina” passage

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Skipper Harlin at the helm.

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Rough sea at” Bina”

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“Bina”

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Relaxing in the cockpit at Hunnebostrand

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Franziska,Geist and at the very end Crusader at the pontoon in Hunnebostrand

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Hunnebostrand.

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S/Y Franziska, (Vindö 50) at Hunnebostrand

September 12. After we have made sure that Bert have catch the right Bus we sailed southbound. Next stop was a SXK-Bouy south of Hermanö. Of course ! head wind again,,!!!!,, so the Volvo Penta engine has to be engaged again. Christian was planning to go home next day so he started to gathered things together and take down the sails,,,, end of sailing. Stefan and I were more interesting in to continue and sail over to Skagen, Denmark.

September13.  Breakfast as usual around 07:30. Weather was nice with a breeze from south around 6-7m/s. After have said goodby to Christian on Geist, Franziska and Crusader begin their voyage to Skagen, about 35-40 Nm miles. Half way out the wind died out and Volvo Penta was turned on again. Neither me or Stefan  have nervs when the speed slows down under 5 knots. We left around 9 am and arrived Skagen 4,30pm. We both took a” power-nap” before showering. The harbor fee was 200 Dkk. We went out to eat this time. We went to one of those Fish restaurant  they have nearby in the Harbor. We both ordered the famous Danish “SterneSkud” (a toast with,fried and boiled Plaice-file,+shrimps and skagen salad. “Yummy”!! with that goes of course a Cold Danish Beer! During the trip we have to cross the busy North & Southbound lane of Cargo vessels,,(kind of  English Channel situation). We were sailing windward at the time and made 5-6 knots. I checked my AIS and sew it will be tight (CPA) with a southbound “Cargo vessel ” Paquis from Panama. I called him up on Channel 16 and he respond quickly. Switch to turned  channel 06. I asked him if he consider Crusader and Franziska fine to keep our course? He  said he will check his AIS and return. After a minutes he came back and reported he will turn Port and pass behind us. I thanx him a lot and wish him a safe voyage. AIS is not bad at all,,,uncertain/tight situations can easily been straighten out. Safety comes first!! By the way Paquis was about 200×50 meter, Huge Cargo ship.

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Cargo vessel “Paquis” who turned port and passed behind us

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Crusader & Franziska on their way to Skagen

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T/S ATHENE of Skärhamn, Sweden

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Next stop Skagen

September 14. Today we decided to stay in Skagen and go for sightseeing . We borrowed bicycles from our Danish neighbor and went to most Northern tip of Denmark “The reef”. about 2 km from us. This unique reef got a lot of tourists every year. Also, it was here the artist ” P.SKroyer” painted his famous pictures. On our way back we made some shopping and turned back the bikes. Dinner was served on Franziska that night. At this time of the season there is plenty of room in the harbor to moor. In the summer (July) it is packed.

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Skagen Harbor with the row Fish restaurants in the background

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Nice view of the Fish restaurants, Skagen Harbor

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A Norwegian fishing boat came in early morning

September 15. Last day of sailing/motoring. Another calm and warm sunny day. Due to NO wind at all today we were needed to fill up Diesel in order to make it back to Sweden and our home harbors. (Crusader/Stenungsund) and ( Franziska to Öckerö/Gothenburg). We came out from Skagen around 10 am. Skagerack was flat like a mirror. Very rare to see Skagerack with no waves. It was a warm day 24-26 C  on Skagerack!! I were able to spot 3 groups of “Tumlare” a species pertaining to the Dolfin Family. The crossing were very calm and pleasant all day so there was no problem to be in the galley and cooking lunch. My best friend “Mr autopilot” did a good job all day long. I was home at 4,30pm after a detour through Marstrand island. This was it,,of 2016 sailing. Next couple of weeks I will be busy to strip Crusader and winterize her. OK all,,,see you next year 2017.

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Skipper Stefan Brunzell.

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On our way to Skagen reef

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The reef which divide Skagerack and Kattegat

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Skagen lighthouse

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Sailor Harlin at the Reef

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Tourists at the reef. No swimming “strong current” exists,,,

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Poet, Drachmann

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This winters updates on Crusader will be a total overhaul of the engine and sail drive + change the rubber membrane, further I will spruce up the ceiling panels in the saloon with new vinyl. Another thing will be to replace the VHF cable/wire in the mast.

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Marstrand Fortress, Sweden

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Hätteberget Lighthouse in sight, Marstrand


Fair Winds,,,,have a great winter!!!

Voyage 2016 to “Sörlandet” Norway, Part 2.

Continued:

June 3 Narvika. Next stop is the lagoon “Narvika” close to the township Risör. No wind today so again we have to motoring. Outside Risör I sew locals out fishing and get mackerel so I pulled up my fishing gear too and start fishing. Within 30 minutes I got 6 mackerel of decent size. The dinner was secured. Today I also believe it was the hottest day of the year so far, 25 C and no wind. I dropped the anchor in the middle of the lagoon and after Geist have moored next to Crusader I start to rinse the mackerel and cut out file’.  What a dinner! “Fresh mackerel with new potato.

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Dinner is served,,!!

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Entrance to Narvika lagoon.

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Crusader , Narvika lagoon

June 4, Skutevika. Another sunny day of motoring,,wind from North east, right in our face.!! Today we head for the well protected “Skutevik bukta” North Kragerö. I have never been there before so it will be nice to discover. It is very tricky to get in there, very shallow and narrow passage to get into the lagoon with a sail boat of Crusaders size and draft. The hull was only 1/2 ft from the rocky island and the keel 1 foot from the bottom. I would say that “Skutevika” is limited to medium size sailboats like Crusader.

June5, North-Koster Sweden. Today we crossed Skagerack back to Sweden , 50 Nm. The weather was still nice , sunny and warm 23-25C, and were able to sail for change,,,the wind still came from North to North East. We arrived in the evening at 18,00pm

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June 6 Trossö. Today is the Swedish National day. We left Koster about noon after a walk on the island and a refreshening shower. We  moored in the afternoon to an SXK-Bouy at Trossö island for the night. Still nice weather.

June 7, Smögen.  Today we thought we could sail in a westerly breeze of 10m/s, but NO.! All of a sudden a wind of 10-14 m/s (force 6) came from south instead of west so again Volvo Penta have to work all day long. We moored at “RÖSSY Kapell” and had a chat with Johan and Nils Plahn, They also invited us for breakfast next morning. Later that night we visited another friend of us, Lennart and Ewa Pettersson. It get late that night we had so much to talk about. I took a picture of very nice and very well maintained wooden Sparkman&Steven 40′. The owner is Frank, a nice Norwegian fellow which unfortunately passed away recently. Hope this beautiful sailboat will landed in good hands.

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June 8, Slubbers island. We had a nice sailing from Smögen,,made a speed of 6-7,5 knots all the way. Still clear skys and air temp about 22 C. At slubbers island lagoon we moored at one those 3 SXK-Bouys they have there. We had the last dinner together of this voyage, next day we head home to home town Stenungsund. Conclusion: Nice weather all the time except for one day,,the bad part was the prevailing North to North easterly wind every day so we couldn’t sail that much. The round trip was about 410 Nm.

June 9, Stenungsund. Moored at home berth at noon. Trip over!! for this time. Next will be a midsummer trip to Kalvö/Lindö with my wife.

Voyage 2016 to “Sörlandet” Norway. Part 1.

 16 days voyage to Norway.

May 25 S/Y Crusader and S/Y Geist took off for the southern part of Norway. Both sailboats were singlehanded, me on Crusader and Christian on Geist. We begin with a fairly long leg, Mollösund/ Sweden – Lillesand/ Norway,, about 100Nm. We crossed Skagerack over the night, it took us 17 hours and arrived at noon next day. We had close contact through the VHF radio during the night. We notified each other when one of us went to bed for a “Power nap” so one  kept the watch of both boats. We were at maximum 1/2 Nm apart. The weather was cooperative and at midnight the breeze died out so we have to motoring the last part. We had an agreement to keep a speed above 5 knots.

May 26,Lillesand is a neat little township were we rested to next day. About 19,00pm a little motorboat (8x3m) came in and docked next to us. The type of boat was typical Norwegian double ended  “Snäcka”. After a while we realized that he was alone too and Christian had little conversation with him in English what he was up to? Listen to this, he was a retired Russian fisherman from Murmansk and  have bought this little powerboat in Sandefjord/Norway and was on his way to  bring it home to Murmansk. That is a long way to go! I guess 1200 Nm and have to pass dangerous passage along the Norwegian western coastline and get around the North Cape of Europe. I hope he makes it,,,he had problems with his autopilot so he was concerned.

May 27 ,Mandal. we sailed further south to Mandal. We didn’t take the famous scenic route “Blindleja” (blind route) instead sailed on open sea. Mandal was our turning point and will take “Blindleja” on our way back. The Diesel price was 9,90/Litre NOK in Mandal (the rate NOK=SEK is the same nowadays) so we took the opportunity to fuel up. In Sweden the price is SEK14,10/litre. The night was spent on a walk in the town.

 

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Statue of SkallagrimsonMandal

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Mandal Harbor

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the bridge over the river to the Opera house

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skipper Christian on S/Y Geist, got a phone call

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Crusader & Geist in Mandal.

May28, Ny Hellesund. Today we sailed to the famous Basin ” King Olav Bukta” at “Ny Hellesund” where we dropped anchor. This place was occupied by the Nazis during second world war and an outpost for Hitler to control Skagerack. The entire Island is digged out  like a Swiss cheese. Huge cannons was establish here during the war, their is still remaining to look at.The weather get better and better and the sun heat up the air to 23 degrees Celsius, and No rain so far during our voyage.The only entrance for a sailboat is the narrow south gap you can see on the picture below.

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“King Olav Bukta”

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On the way to “King Olav Bukta” Ny Hellesund.

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Christian relaxing in Crusaders cockpit .

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May 29. Today we were motoring the scenic route “Blind Leja” north to a bay south Lillesand where we dropped anchor and stayed over next day too due to rain and bad weather.

May 30. No sailing this day,,,reading books,,,and listen to the rain.

May 31 Grimstad. Todays destination is Grimstad where the famous Norwegian author Henrik Ibsen lived when he was young, there is also a Ibsen museum in town. We took a walk in the old town and also claimed up to the church on the top where we got a nice lookout of the harbor.

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Christian at the monument of lost souls, next to the Church

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Grimstad harbor

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view Grimstad harbor

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Grimstad Harbor

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beautiful wooden sailboat (int 10 meter ??)

June 1 Tvedestrand. Today the wind came from northeast which is very unusual direction at this time of the year. In the summer the dominating directions on our latitudes are Nw,W,Sw, so once again we have to use the motor to Tvedestrand. We arrived in the afternoon and the harbor was fairly empty. Tvedestrand is a typical summer town with a lot of vacationers, but the season haven’t begin yet so it was pretty quiet. The nickname for Tvedestrand is ” the town of Books” there is a lot of antique bookstores. We also met the harbor master Rolf again now 80 years old and have been here for at least 20 years,,,he is a character so we spend some time with him.

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Harbor master Rolf ,80 year

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old town Tvedestrand, narrow streets.

 

June 2 Lyngör. Todays destination is Lyngör/island. Again Northeast wind so we have to burn diesel today too. Lyngör is an island with a lot history of tall ship owners/ skippers have lived in the past. There is also a sail loft located there (Doyle) in case of. Downstairs the loft there is a restaurant where you can get served outside along the wall and watch the sunset during your dinner. Lyngör is one of my favorite places on Norways “Sörlandet” (southland).At sunset a neat deer show up and joined us in the sunset.

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Lyngör, sailoft and restaurant.

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Our berth for the night at Lyngör.

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A deer on a island.

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Lyngör

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Lyngör , restaurant and sail loft.

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Crusader

 

To be continued , Norway voyage 2016 Part 2.

 

Short singlehanded trip, west coast Sweden in May.

May 10, Head out with Crusader for 6 days in the archipelago of Bohuslan. This early of the season it is pretty empty out there. The weather was fine the first couple of days, the came a cold front from north with gale winds. My route was Slubbersholmen-Gluppö- Kalvö/Lindö- Weather Islands (Väderöarna)-Bohus/Malmön- Stenungsund.

May 11. Arrived Gluppö and got a SXK-bouy for the night. There is 4 Bouy’s and 2 was available the other 2 was occupied by 2 Norwegian boats. All of a sudden I heard Motorcycle noise on the rocky island, guess what? A couple of boys have transport their “motorcycles” on a barge way out here for practicing “trial”. That was a surprise . Took a picture when they were at the top.

May 12.  Sailed to Kalvö/Lindö in a SE breeze. No boats in the little harbour when I came, later in the afternoon a friend show up in his Maxi 999, Magnus Dahlgren.

May13. Weather has changed to much colder and overcast,, the wind came from N-NW 6-8m/s. I left Kalvö/Lindö at 10am and head south for Strömsund at Weather Islands my favorite place on the west coast of Sweden. The wind picked up at noon so run into a gale of 30-35knots (15-18m/s). It was tough to dock Crusader at Strömsund with a lot of wind & current in this tight sound. The Gale hang in there the entire night to about 10am next day.

May 14. Nice sailing all the way to Bohus/Malmön in a NW-W wind of 10m/s (20 knots). I only used the foresail and made 6-7 knots speed. I sailed outside soten this time down to Smögen. It was an offshore trip instead of a normal inshore route. At Bohus/Malmön Marina I took hot shower before I made my” supper”, it was cold out there today so I felt a little bit chilly. The harbor rate was 150:- SEK/day

May15. Left Bohus/Malmön Marina about 10 am and head for home. I took the inshore route east of the big island ” Orust”. Arrived home port at 17,00 pm. The wind condition was only 2-5 m/s so used the engine pretty much all the way.

Misc notice. My new “MAX-PROP feathering” propeller this year didn’t work satisfactorily for me. I have set the pitch the same as my old folding prop  10″. That was to less with this design so it was cavitating a lot and did not grip in the water as Expect. The blades on a MAX-PROP are pretty flat and not that aerodynamic as my old folding. Instead of change the pitch on this feathering MAX-PROP, I went back and installed a brand new GORI folding prop 16,5″x11″ and that came out perfect,,,no cavitation, and excellent grip in the water. Now I’m happy again!! By the way, my 17″ Feathering MAX-PROPP with variable setting of pitch is ” FOR SALE”!!!!!!!

Within a couple of days I will take Crusader to south Norway and explore the  Norwegian archipelago for some weeks. Will write reports when I get some time and internet.

Fair winds!!

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Kalvö/Lindö old fisherman harbor

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Kalvö/Lindö

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Crusader safe moored at Kalvö/Lindö

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Kalvö/Lindö

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Gruppö with the Motorcycle on the top

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Crusader moored at SXK-Bouy at Gluppö

Crusader is launched and ready for 2016 Season.

April 4 was the day when the Crane came and lift Crusader back to the water after close to 6 month ashore. This winters upgrades beside regular maintenance has been, new ceiling panels in the main cabin, new propeller (Max-Prop),new batteries, service of the Genua and as usual maintenance/repair of an old teak deck, which is a never ending story.

April 17 First trip for the season. Destination “Wallhamn Marina” and see Henrik “Riggare” Jacobsson. I have ordered a “Selden GX furler system” that he is going to install for me. This new gear will make it much easier for me to handle the Gennaker single handed than the current system with a sock. It was a short leg to Wallhamn only 7 Nm and I was motoring.

April 18 during my way to Wallhamn I realized poor reception/ transmitting of my VHF radio which have been working excellent for years but not now all of a sudden. I called my friend Marcus Åkesson and ask for help and he came and carried out the trouble shooting of my radio system. The findings was poor connection at plugs&terminals. The problem was not resolved to 100% though,,,so next step will be to replace  the old cable in the mast. That is the the only thing what is left to be replaced.This season I will be using my spare antenna located back on the Radar pole. The weather was a little cold today, overcast and only 5-7 C ,wind of 30 knots from SW.

My friend Christian Engerberg (skipper on S/Y Geist) came in the afternoon and joined me for a couple of days sailing around Orust Island. His boat Geist is laying at Rössy Kapell in Smögen for a new Sprayhood installed. We took off for “Åstol Island” in a westerly gale (30 knots) at 17:00 pm,,we were motoring all the way (6-7Nm) due to the wind was right in the nose. During our way to Åstol we hit wind gusts of 50 knots (storm). Åstol harbor  is a well protected harbor (like a lagoon) so we had a nice evening onboard with good “Food & Wine”.

April 19 During our morning walk in the sun (still cold wind though 5-6C) we run into the retired fisherman Rolf ( 85 ) at his “fishing shack”. He invited us to sit down and have a chat with him. He was very interesting to listen to. He told us about his life on the seven seas as well as about his time as a fisherman. We stayed the entire morning with him, at noon we finally took off and head north for “Gullholmen Island”. The wind was WNW 15-20 knots so we set sail for first time. Nice sailing, Crusader made  6- 7 knots. So far, we have been the only pleasure boat in the harbors which is rare. Usually some Norweigian boats is out there,,,they are early birds.

April 20 we left Gullholmen and head for home. We made a short stopover at “Bassholmen Island” for lunch. Arrived Stenungsund at 20:00pm. Another finding during this trip was that I have been setting the Pitch on the prop to less 10,2″. Has to be heavier adjusted for next season to 11,6″. The “Webasto  heather” still surprising me!! I installed it 2006 and have now worked flawless for “10 years”!!!! No maintenance , nothing!!! just worked every year,,even after sitting for 6 month  winter ashore. I would say, the best piece of boat equipment I ever have bought.

April 25 Winter seems to have returned today!! Came down to Crusader and found a pile of snow on deck & in the cockpit. The night has been chilly,,-2 C. I hope the summer will arrive soon,,,it has been cold too long now.

Below are some pics we took during our trip as well the snow on Crusader,,,burr!

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Rolf & Christian at Rolf fishing shack, Åstol

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The only pleasure boat in Åstol Harbor.

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relaxing in the sun at Gullholmen

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Gullholmen

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the only boat in Gullholmen harbor

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snow in the Cockpit in April,,,rare

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snow in April

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The winter has arrived in Stenungsund

After an unusual long & mild fall all the way to Christmas Eve, the cold & snow came after New Year. We never get that rough winters on our latitudes  due to we are located so close to the Atlantic/Skagerack sea which carry the warm Golf stream to our shores. I took some “cold pics” of our home harbor when I was out today.

It was a beautiful winter day,sunny, no wind and blue sky. One of those few days during the winter season you actually enjoy to spend time outdoor.

Time go faster now and launch of S/Y Crusader doesn’t feel that far away . We get more daylight hours now (which indicates that the spring is coming) and the annual “Gothenburg boat show” coming up soon (6-14 Feb). For most sailors is boat shows the turning point and reminder that 2016 sailing season in Sweden is around the corner.

Upgrades on Crusader during this winter have been, a new propeller “Max-Prop”, and 3 “USB outlets”,,you know, all those Iphones,Ipads and other gadgets which need USB power. A sensor has also been installed on the grey water tank to monitor the level. Besides that, not much new stuff installed just regular maintenance.

Submit som Pic’s below how a nice winter day looks in Stenungsund,Sweden.

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The new Max-Prop

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Crusader in her winter dress

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view over the sound of Stenungsund

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-17 degrees C in Stenungsund

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S/Y West-Monsun,, own by Sten & Annika. use to live aboard all year-round

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the bridge over to Stenungsund Island

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