Suddenly Jussi yelled: “Net!” A fishnet flag was rocking only 100 meters from us and we didn’t have a clue where it was going.
Tag: Long distance sailing
Thunder In Klaipeda (And Also Sailing From Gdansk To Klaipeda)
I kept repeating “Faraday cage, Faraday cage!”, as I was trying to get the doors open with lightnings striking over my head.
A Year To Go Before We Cast Off – How Does It Feel?
But then as I climbed up and took a look at the horizon, I felt a dizzying feeling of freedom. Wow, this is so nice!
Doing Things And Planning Of It
Our todo -listings have been divided into four categories: Learning, Planning the voyage, Fixing the boat and Financing. In January, the focus of things has been in the last one.
Is There Anyone Helping At The Open Seas?
If your Finnish skills are not rusty :), and you are interested in safety at sea, read my article in the 12/2017 edition of Vene magazine! (Finnish sailing magazine)
Moral Support From The Real Sailors
Last weekend we went to Pentala, Espoo for a Finnish Open Sea Sailor’s seminar to learn from the more experienced sailors.
Well Planned Is Totally Undone
Long lists were made on what skills and information we must acquire before taking off. Also endless list were made on improvements that should be done on the boat and all the gear we still need to purchase.
Liberta, love at first sight?
In the spring of 2016 my online search alert brought up, after years of scanning, a boat that was meeting my criteria AND was suitable for my wallet. I immediately rang up and was on my way to take a look at it. And that’s where this story began.
The boat was an aluminum Van de Stadt 34 which met the criteria set for the boat: more than 10 meters long, engine 20 hp or more, standing height within the entire boat, separately closed bow and aft cabin. Also, thinking of long distance sailing, I was fond of aluminum boats, of course having drooled after Jimmy Cornell’s Ovni and Garcia.
The owner of the boat had the Alzheimer’s disease, and therefore the boat had been out of use for several years. There were a lot of things that were in need of care and attention. But most importantly, hull, sails and the engine were in good condition. The inside and the outside surfaces were in weak condition, to put it mildly. Seeing beauty in the middle of chaos asked the right character. Also, the comments from my friends were not encouraging, on the contrary.
Balancing with reason and emotions… The fact was that the reason part said never, while there was a strong yes coming from the emotion part. In the end deal was made. Spring and boat fever makes a man crazy! 🙂
Thinking of the condition of the boat, the thought in my mind was “Opportunity often presents itself in work clothes.”
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The Adventure Begins!
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