After a few days of fixing our boat in Mariehamn, it was time to head out towards vaster oceans (a slight exaggeration, I admit!) in the form of an overnight sail to Visby.
Just four days after our delivery trip from Sweden we had already loaded the boat with our stuff and the rest of the sailors (dog included), and were heading out for our one-month vacation sailing.
“Did the money arrive in your bank account yet?” I texted the seller of our soon-to-be Hanse 531 sailboat.
“No, not yet,” he answered.
We bought our next boat, and it is a Hanse 531!
Summer has officially started and we still don’t have a sailboat to call our own. I won’t blame myself for not trying, though, because I really have.
I’m writing to you from a café at Montpellier airport. I just got here after having spent two whole days in La Grande Motte walking through all the exciting boats at the International Multihull Boatshow.
The quest to get the “next boat” has turned out to be slightly more challenging than I thought it would be! Due to the current and absolutely ludicrous demand for boats, the delivery time for new boats can run into years (bye-bye sailing summer 2022!), and the market for used ones, well it is both thinly populated and heftily priced.
We, the family with our dog, were all safely back in Turku. I, however, had one big task ahead of me. Sailing our boat singled-handedly back to Sweden, and to her new owners.
After a few lovely days in Kalmar, it was finally time to start the journey back home. Sadly, this would also be the last sailing trip on our dear boat together with the whole family, Charlotte, the children, and our ship’s dog.
“It will be cool to see the Öland bridge,” I said to the children. “And when we’re this close to Kalmar, I guess we should go there too?”