SailingPosted by LarsG Wed, July 14, 2010 19:56:53
Left Simrishamn at 04:30 (!) in the morning since I knew it would be a long day. The bay was calm and no sea or wind all day although SMHI promised 4 - 8 m/s!
Past Utklippan which was too small to make me feel comfortable so I continued (planned from the beginning) to a small harbour, Sandhamn - not the one in Stockholm!
Arrived there at 17:30 after 67 Nm and finally, when I was to turn around, there was some wind that caught me but after messing around a bit I got it right. Nice people took the ropes.
Tomorrow I'll pass up between Småland and Öland - we'll see how far.
Oh yes - the engine was running all day :)
Sunrise outside Simrishamn.
SailingPosted by LarsG Tue, July 13, 2010 17:42:11
Simrishamn - engine worked like a clock after new fuel filter and tightening bleeding screws. Started around 9:15 from Ystad and went by sail and engine to Simrishamn where we arrived at 14:15. Nice day!
Calle is leaving tonight so tomorrow I'm on my own again. Target is Utklippan across Hanö bay, approx 50 Nm. I'll start early and spend the day in the bay ;)
If there is mobile coverage I'll let you know tomorrow night.
See you all soon, hopfully the next week.
SailingPosted by LarsG Mon, July 12, 2010 20:08:36
Ystad - engine running up and down but we reached Ystad around 11 today. Found a fuelfilter for the engine (not the racor filter but the standard engine filter) and bled the engine. It's running good for the moment, but so it did yesterday. I guess I'll find out tomorrow at sea. I also ordered a new fan belt since the last spare one was used and it teared down in no time - think it was too old and dry.
Tomorrow, after installing the fan belt we leave for Simrishamn and expect to arrive there in the afternoon. We'll have some wind from west so if we get engine trouble we can sail.
More info tomorrow night, hopefully!
SailingPosted by LarsG Sun, July 11, 2010 15:28:31
Finally back in Sweden!
After Germany we went for a long leg up to Klintholm, Denmark. We had aimed for Trelleborg and nightsailing, but the wind died out quite soon and when it came back in the evening it was strong and right into our faces, so we decided to go to Denmark. We arrived there at one o'clock in the night and total darkness, but managed to enter the harbour safely.
Left there 07:00 for Trelleborg, Smygehuk or Ystad, depending on time and wind. Decided to go to Ystad and three hours before destination the engine that had been running good for the last week decided to start revolting again.
Weak wind and unreliable engine made us head for a small harbour, Abbekås. Well inside we decided to empty the tanks totally and clean them.
Today I've spent pumping diesel and cleaning tanks. Now the engine is running good, but for how long this time? You'll hear about it!
Nisse had to leave for work tomorrow and Calle is leaving tomorrow or tuesday, so if there are any volunteers for a trip up the east coast...
See you later :)
SailingPosted by LarsG Thu, July 08, 2010 21:51:59
Yesterday we went through the Kiel canal without any trouble at all. It was a nice, sunny day and we enjoyed every moment, gliding along in 5 kts with the engine. Sailing is not allowed – however we could have set sails as a support for the engine, but since there was no wind this was not an option. Some big ships passed us by, but the traffic on the canal was not heavy.
When we finally reached the Kiel side the clock was around eight in the evening and when we reached our destination for the day, Wendtorf, it was ten thirty.
This morning we were told that the rout we had planned har to be revised, since there would be artillery practice in the area. Therefore we had to go in a crescent around the area which costed us some time and distance and we finally reached todays target, Burg, at 16:30 in the afternoon.
A shower later I felt quite well and after a dinner at a local restaurant I felt even better!
Tomorrow we’ll settle for Denmark and Saturday hopefully Simrishamn, Sweden. We are talking about a night sailing if the weather will allow, but we’ll se about that tomorrow!
Until next time
SailingPosted by LarsG Tue, July 06, 2010 11:00:12
Day before yesterday we reached Borkum and thereby left Holland for Germany. After spending a night there we went to Norderney. A lot of island hopping!
Monday morning we left Norderney at 07:15 and headed for a long day at sea. The wind was once again disappointing; 2 -3 m/s and the currents were against us all morning. Around 13.00 the wind increased a little and around 15:00 it was fair. By that time the current was turning and at the end of the trip we were flying with a wind of 6 m/s and a helpful current gave us a speed of 9,5 kts over ground.
We reached Coxhaven at the mouth of Elbe at 19:00 and was really pushed into the harbour by the stream. After a day with 12 hours at sea and a distance of 68 Nm we had no trouble in falling asleep.
Nisse hit his small toe in the anchor chain. It turned blue (not the chain ;) and looks painful. Myself managed to hit my rib again and it’s painful to laugh and sneeze now :(
We will leave Coxhaven around 16:00 for a 16 Nm hop to Brunsbuttel where we will meet Calle and go into the Kiel canal. Hopefully we will be in Kiel tomorrow evening.
The engine works fine now. We’ve been running it for 12 hours without hesitation or raise in rpm’s. We try to keep it at 1500 rpm, no more. The fuel consumption is approx. 0,5 liter per Nm which I consider is all right. Would love to turn it off, though…
SailingPosted by LarsG Fri, July 02, 2010 21:15:16
Two days in Hollands canals was quite nice, but now we're heading for the North Sea again.
The night was spent in a very pretty and friendly city named Leeuwarden, see picture below. The canal was running through the entire city and you could tie up your boat almost anywhere - there were electricity and waterposts every 50 meters or close to. And the best of all - the cost for one night was incredibly 9.70 Euro - cheapest ever :)
This morning we left Leeuwarden for Dokkum and finally Lauwersoog at the damm.
It was a pieceful journey execpt for a couple of times when we hit the bottom of the canal - once it was mud and the next it was rock. Our draft is 1.80 meters and obviously the canal sometimes isn't that much. Anyway we got out of there without help!
Tomorrow morning we go into the lock and then out into the North Sea heading for Borkum. Then another two or three days and we'll be in Brunsbuettel and the Kiel canal where Calle will show up! Maybe I can report on the way or maybe not.
I'll let you know a s a p.
SailingPosted by LarsG Mon, June 28, 2010 19:28:58
This has been a very relaxing day. We've been on the boat all day exept for a coffeebrake with the harbourmaster Jos, his wife Marianne and some members of the yachtclub. The temperature has been 28 - 30 degrees and Nisse rigged a bimini sunroof over the aft deck where we've been sitting reading all afternoon.
The morning was spent with the diesel tanks and we've discovered that the cranes was wrong marked - the front tank marking leading to the aft tank and vice versa. I also installed a outboard tank pump ( a squeeze pump) so that I could pump up fuel from the front tank to the cranes.
Yesterday when we went from Ijmuiden to Amsterdam / Durgerdam everything went quite well, five hours of engine and only a couple of risings of the rpm, no big issue.
I have reconed the charts for the passing of the inside of Holland including the canals and expect it to take approx. a week to reach Brunsbuttel in Germany where the Kiel canal starts. To avoid pressing the engine I've calculated short trips every day, about 20-25 nm. If we go more than that we would probably reach Germany a bit earlier - we'll see.
I'm a bit depressed for the HTC, but then again - life goes on without telephone. And Nisses still working. Maybe if I find a really cheap one I could spend a few Euros on it otherwise it must wait til we get home. Hopefully I will have oppurtunities to update the blog more often for those who take an interest in our wellfare ;)
Tomorrow we leave for the inshore route across the lakes and damms into the canal from Harlingen via Leeuwarden to the Lauwersmeer and into the North sea again.