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The Voyage of 'S/V Röde Orm' - Sweden
Come on board and take part in our adventures while exploring the world at the slow pace of a sailing boat. We left in June 2009, heading south to escape the northern winter... to start with. Currently in Algarve/Portugal taking it one day at a time.
The Singing Revolution
08/20/2008, ...still here at Dirham

Today is a public holday here in celebration of the 20th anniversary of th Estonian Independence independence from the Soviet Union.

This day is also known as the 'singing revolution' which certainly sounds like a less bloody albeit not nedessarily dramatic event than the Frrench revolution.

Lots of credit to Hendrik who choose to spend this holday breaking loose all the rusty nuts that attached the old engine to the interior of Rde Orm's abdominal region. Not only did he choose to do so, but in fact he even brought one of his friends to help us out with this task. Bep, who work as a technician on slot machines at one of the many casinos in Tallinn, turned out to be an uncrowned king of this trade. I baptized him 'Mr NutBuster' To keep him in good mood while he fought the badly corroded bolts in a strangely folde stance in the cramped area under the cockpit sole...

Of course new problems arose, and nothing is ever so simple and easy as we think, is it?

The steel parts, bolted to the engine bed, upon which the engine were mounted, were heavily corrroded aswell, so they had to come out. Not at all voluntarily I can assure you, corroded steel is, as everyone who fought it knows, extremely reluctant to let go.

Even when it's corroded to the point when the steel kind of falls of in layers, it is still rremarkably strong. Believe me in this, my knuckles carry some bloody trace of the truth in this statement.


To be comtinued...

Waiting for the new Engine to be installed
08/19/2008, back in Dirham

Tonight we will start breaking the old engine out and then tomorrow install the ner one.

A big day for Rode Orm, but perhaps slightly less important for mankind

The picture is from Tallinn

there are more of them heree:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/9218039@N06/

A week-end in Tallinn
08/18/2008

The Old Town has medieval origins and is very well preserved to this day. Over 500 restaurants and bars, night-clubs, and souvenir shops and then of course tourists from all over the worrld everywhere.

Quite a contrast to our quite cruising life tha last 5-6 weeks.

The name Tallinn means 'Danish Town' in Estonian. The danish apparently founded this old trading port in the 1200's when it bacame the End, or the Beginning depending on your view of the Danish King Valdemars Trading route from Ddenmark, through all of the Swedish Baltic Coast with it's thousands of islands, via ?.land and Finland to Tallinn.

From 1561 and during the next 150 years, Tallinn was an important stronghold for the eaterns part of the Swedish 'empire'. Then it was German territory for many years, and after that the Russians took over.

Estonia with it's 1,5 million inhabitants has a quite short history as an independant nation. They became free at 1918 after the Russiian revolution, and then, ironically enough, became occupede by the Soviet Union in 1940.

Then upon the 'implosion' of the Soviet Union, they were independent again in 1988. In fact they will celebrate 20 year anniversary on Wednesday the 20th.This is called the 'singing revolution'.

The Death of an Engine
08/15/2008, Dirham, Estonia N 59 12,7 E 23 30,2

Long story short:

After quite imposing attempts to save the life of our old 'Yanne', the 30 hp Yanmar 3 HM from 1982, Hendrick the diesel mechanic, and myself had to realize that Yanne's days were sadly gone.

The 'autopsy' revealed that indeed there was a lot more than the external parts that were corroded.

Now, it turned out that there were a motor in the warehouse of the Finnish parent company to Ekstrm here in Estonia. A brand new Yanmar 3YM 30 hp. And on MOnday it could be shipped to Talinn. If averything, for once, should work out as planned, e could still be on our way to Finland by next Saturday or so...

Hendrik and we has become good friends by now, and he was kind enough to invite us to his home in Tallinn for the week-end. A nice change for us, to see the capital of Estonia instead of this tinyharbour day in day out.

By 10pm we were on our way at 35-40 knots on the road, listening to Estonian Radiio Chanels.

Arrival of the Mechanic
08/08/2008, Dirham

This little harbour, Dirham has a couple of advantages over Lehtma. On shore, exactly where the breakwater starts, ther is a small but very nice resaurant serving simple, but fresh and well prepared dishes. We sampled the Flounder at night. Furthermore there is a small food shop just 200 meters from it which we really appreciated. Last time we provisioned was at Kuressaare some time ago.

However, there is nothing more to mention about the place as such except that it seems so strange to us, that there are harbours here without as much as a village to accompany them. It still beats me, but it could be that they were built under the Soviet era for Navy purpose, what do I know...

At 6 in the evening (a Friday!) the mechanic came. Much to my relief he spoke quite good engish and seemed very profesional even though he were young.

After a while I realized that he mainly did installations of new engines, and regular maintenance. Therefore, it didn't come as a surprise to me that he found himself in a sort of chock when he saw the somewhat 'rugged' surface of the rusty old beast reigning under the cockpit floor n Rde Orm. This 3 cyl.Yanmar is built in -82, has an unknown number of running hours, admittingly looks horrid, but nevertheless has been serving me perfectly for 280 hours.

The corrosion obviously takes it's toll though. It took the two of us almost four hours to get the head off the engine so he could take it with him to his workshop. Every nut and every bolt fought for their life, and the injectors were extremely reluctant to leave their familiar environment. We had to cut two of the fuel lines from the pressure pump to the injectors after making the nuts more round than hectagonal, and my knuckles will carry their bloody trace from this battle for a few days. At time, this guy was a bit grumpy, suggesting an new engine, but I quickly took out the oil diostick and showed him how nice the oil looke after almost 80 hours, and the interiior of the cylinders looke good too.

The canals for the cooling water was clogged in both the head and the block suggesting that something has broke and come adrift...

Not much more to be said for the moment, quie exhausted I fell asleep as soon as I heard his car leave the dock.

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