Our fifth sailing season has started! Here is a short run-through of one of our refit projects: upgrading the upholstery.
The Good Night Watch
After having enjoyed beautiful Kalmar for a few days, it was once again time to head forward. This time we had our sights set on lovely Copenhagen.
Going Slowly Upwind
It has been a struggle to gather reliable speed data from our new/old Hanse 531. Mostly because of calibration problems, but partly also because of archaic instruments operating on should-be-obsolete data networks. To start somewhere, I put together some really preliminary stuff we recorded during our sail from Visby to Kalmar.
After more than a week in Visby (yes, we loved the place!) the weather had settled enough for us to bid farewell and head out to seek new adventures. “To Kalmar!” the children were willing us, the night before our early departure, and that did sound like a great idea.
Hanse 531 Refit
Our current lovely boat was built in 2005 and lowered into the water for the first time in 2006. Now, although age is just a number (or so I keep telling myself), there are a few items we would want to update. This blog page is a summary of what we have thought of so far.
Thank You for the Music
We love music, and on our previous boat, we used to listen to music quite frequently. On our current Hanse 531, during our first season with her: unfortunately, not so much.
Hanse 531 Electrical Systems
Our Hanse 531 is a cool boat as it is, but we do have some upgrades in mind for her. Before touching anything, however, I thought it would be good to get some understanding of the current state of affairs. Thus, to jump in and start somewhere, on this blog page, I’ll try to document the “before” version of our electrical system.
Sailing to Visby
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.
Pitstop in Mariehamn
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.
The Delivery From Sweden
“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.