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Summer 2019: 3,000 nm

In mid-May we sailed from our home port in southern Sweden, via the Kiel canal, outside the Frisian islands, along the English coast, up the Irish sea, through the Caledonian canal and were back home by early August.

Albeit somewhat glassy eyed after an extended stop in Amsterdam, the crew showed the right attitude.

Starter motor

Taking down the sails and getting ready to enter harbour only to find that something (discharged batteries?) prevents the starter motor from turning over at the usual pace is a somewhat tiring experience. In our case, the problem wasn’t discharged batteries but one of the brushes in the starter motor that had gotten stuck in its holder. Luckily, we had an extra brush holder complete with brushes on board; it took a bit more than an hour to change and the holder with brushes cost about USD 15.

On old holder (right), one brush was stuck.
On Anna, removing the starter motor is a 10 minute job due to easy access.

Summer 2016: 3,300 nm

During June-August we logged about 3,300 nm; the longest summer sailing we’ve done so far. We visited Bergen, Husavik (Iceland), Isafjördur, Reykjavik, Torshavn, Lerwick and Skagen.

One of the crew, freelance journalist and PR-consultant Herwig Decker (who found us through  www.7knots.com), wrote a couple of articles about the sail for his local newspapers in Bavaria.

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Nav lights

Originally, the connection for the navigation lights at the bow pulpit is made with screw terminals located in the chain locker. And with domestic-use copper wiring. Obviously, it doesn’t take long for the terminals and the wiring to corrode, mainly due to seawater entering the chain locker when sailing close-hauled.

We replaced the wiring from the lanterns with tinned copper wire, routed the wires via water proof ports in the chain locker bulkhead into the fore cabin, where the connections were located as part of the new hawse pipe installation.

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New tinned copper wire straight from the lanterns on the bow pulpit exit the chain locker thru water proof ports into the forepeak

Will it ever become a boat again?

Every winter it’s the same story; lot’s of maintenance and upgrade projects going on. The boat turns into something resembling a disorganized recycling center. But then things start to fall into place and after a final rush of getting the masts back on, it’s time to put the tools away and sail.

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Mainly because of weather conditions, some contractor outsourcing (usually machining and welding), delivery times of goods ordered and time to do research, we need to have several projects going simultaneously.

Replacing odd lighting fixtures

Some time in its almost 40 year history, Anna had been fitted with two very odd ceiling lighting fixtures; one in the forward head and one in the passageway between the salon and forepeak. They really ruin the beautiful interior of the boat and gives it a haphazard look. But we’ve been searching in vain for the old style. Then suddenly they just popped up on some web site in Germany.

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Forward head. OK, it’s LED, but it doesn’t even cover the holes of the old fixture.

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Passageway. Ehhh…

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New (left) fixture is a very close match to old ones

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This is what to search for when looking for replacement fixtures