First sailing trip 2017

Crusader was launched April 3:d. A sunny day but cold,,only 7C. Everything went OK. My sailing Buddy Christian launched his “GEIST” a Mistral 33 also. The boats was rigged and ready to go same day. Both Geist and Crusader have new engines for this season,,I mean have been completely overhauled and got new liners, pistons,and bearings. Both our engines was due after 4400 hours running. The engines in question are Volvo Penta MD11C.Other upgrades was the sail-drive (Penta 110S ) which have been overhauled too. The saloon has been refurbished too with new white ceiling panels.

The spring was late this year,,,cold and rainy so the first trip didn’t took place until now end of April. Few boats is out there at this time of the year so it is plenty of space in the popular harbors. Thats the reason why we visiting places like Marstrand, Gullholmen, Smögen,,etc early in the season.

We went out Saturday afternoon April 29 and came back Wednesday May 3:d only 4 overnights this time. The forecast was good with nice weather,,,,,finally spring weather has arrived to Sweden. This trip is kind of a “shake down”also. No Problems found so She seems to be ready for Southern Norway at the end of the month. when we were in Smögen a beautiful 58 footer with name “VÅGVIS” came in.She was from Åland. An eye catcher,,very nice design!!,,,I tought it was a “Baltic Yachts”. Next day when I spoke with the owner he told me it’s a “One Off” built by “Båtbyggarna” Rönnäng, Tjörn. The naval architect was “Gabriel Heyman” Sweden.

S/Y VÅGVIS, ÅLAND

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Lot of space in Smögen Harbor

Got Fresh “Crayfish” from a fishing boat this morning !!

Crusader moored, Smögen

Leaving Smögen under Blue skys!!!

Thats all for this time,,,first blogg 2017.

Fair winds!!

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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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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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Sailed around the Big Island Orust.

May 12 I decided to take Crusader out for a trip around the Biggest Island “Orust” on the Swedish west coast . I also planned to visit my friend Marcus, owner of the S/Y Swordfish which I sailed to Nynäshamn last summer. Marcus have a very nice summer home on Orust right at the shoreline. It was overcast and rain when I head out on Tuesday but turned nice rest of the week. Wednesday was nice sailing condition when I sailed south to the little fisherman village/Island “Gullholmen” wind of 10-14 m/s from NW.

No problem to find a docking spot at the pontoon in the harbor this time of the season. In the peak season june,july, august it’s jammed,,to get a spot you need to book in advance. It was at least 6-7 years ago since I last was here. I took a hike on the Island and enjoy the views in the sunshine.

Next day I sailed to Marcus and his summer place “Torebo”. Later on that afternoon S/Y Geist came around with Christian and his wife Ing-marie and moored alongside Crusader. We all had a nice BBQ  that night. Next day we all helped Marcus to put his brand new sails on Swordfish plus all other trimming and wiring to make her ready to sail.

Friday May 15 at “noonish” I left “Torebo” and head for home. It was westerly wind of 5-7m/s so it was nice sailing all the way south to Mollösund where the wind died out and my “Iron genua” Volvo Penta MD11 came on. Below you find some pics I took when I hiked  on Gullholmen.

Will see when I head out next time,,,no plans at the time.

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The old stormvarning station on top of the island

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Sign combination for different wind forces. the station was in us between 1911-1948.

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View over the village, Gullholmen

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Storm varning tower on top of the Island

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View over Gullholmen

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The little harbor of Gullholmen, Crusader at the pontoon

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A view of the sound between Gullholmen – Orust

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Annual, 2015 sailing meeting in Marstrand

During the week end of May 1:st we always sail to Marstrand island and meet up with our sailing friends on S/Y KUL, S/Y GEIST, S/Y Andante, and S/Y Franziska. This have been a tradition for years to start the upcoming sailing season with. It’s always fun to get together and listen to what plans of destination each boat have for this summer.

On Saturday we all sailed over to Skärhamn, Tjörn Island. Skärhamn have a nice and well organized guest harbor with a handsome harbormaster, a visit is recommended. The weather was nice all the time but the wind felt cold. We had BBQ together ashore and later in the evening we all were invited  on S/Y Franziska for coffee. We all broke up Sunday morning and head for our home harbors. KUL, Andante, Franziska to Gothenburg. Geist and Crusader to Stenungsund.

No trouble during these 3 days,,,you know? when you are a boat owner,,it’s always “one fault per day”!!!!. Not this time though.!!!!!!!!!!!

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BBQ, Skärhamn guest harbor

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Marstrand Island

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Marstrand Harbor

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Marstrand Fortress in the background

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Sunset at Marstrand

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Another picture over Marstrand and old fortress buildings

 

 

Sailing season, 2015 can begin,

S/Y Crusader is now ready to head out for another wonderful summer at sea. She was launched April 8, a sunny calm day. Everything went well and the first little shake down trip on Askero Fjorden came out satisfactory,,,no problems ,,,everything worked OK, like engine,electronics,heater,plumbing.  S/Y Geist was also launched at the same time and is now ready to head out too. The first overnight trip for both of us is planned to take place at the end of this month. We (Crusader & Geist) are going to team up with our sailing friends from Gothenburg (S/Y Kul, S/Y Andante) for a “rendezvous” in Marstrand. It has been a tradition for years to team up at Marstrand Island as a “kick-off” for the upcoming sailing season.

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A sunny day and nice breeze at west coast Sweden

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Moored for a night at beautiful Koster archipelago.

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Here she is at her berth ,ready for 2015 season.

My blog is now alive again!! more will be posted down the road.Fair winds to you all,,,