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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.
New Engine Problems?!!
09/06/2008, Jurmo

When I fired up the engine this morning it took at least 15 seconds of cranking before it started. A fair bit of unburnt fuel came with the cooling water and lots of grey smoke to follow.

And horror! As soon as it was was working normally again I could here the knocking sound. Could it be that some water had come into at least one cylinder and thus bent a valve or two???? I felt just devastated now, this is too much. Sorry, but the Estonians hadn't got a clue as how to install an engine. Despite me mentioning this issue and asking about a vacuum valve at least twice they just shrugged and showed no signs what so ever of even being aware of the existance of such an item.

OK, we HAVE to get a mechanic in Mariehamn, and tonight I HAVE to disconnect the water hose from the exhaust elbow to see if that helps. Then I have the diagnosis clear, I think. Unfortunately, this would mean that this brand new engine with 4 hours on the gauge has to be opened again in a half day job at least. Will this voyage ever get back to being normal I wonder?

A light headwind kept us motoring for 4-5 hours. You will probablyy not believe this, but after an hour or so the next engine problem arose. First the RPM gauge stopped working. Hmm, no big deal, but it suggests a wiring problem or a bad connection somewhere. Then after a while the Beeper and 'low oil pressure alarm lamp' started acting up. Not steadily though, but like a connection issue too. I shut the egine off and then started again, same thing. Shut it off - disconnected the wire harness and connected it again- Then it worked. Interesting isn't it?

Anyway, the effort of today took us to Jurmo, this lovely pearl among all the jewels of th Finnish Archipelago Sea. I described this last year in this blog, so let me just add that it was raining, we picked a litre of lingonberries while walking around the island for 3 hours in the afternoon. Then we cooked Lingonberry Jam! Mmmm, soooo nice.

To Hamn/Kasns

For obvious reassons we were not ready to take off until noon. The 30 ?'? in harbour fee must be a record high for me, but the luxurious sauna with it's large windows facing the sea and the archipelago, that Isabelle and I enjoyed yesterday afternoon for an hour or so was well worth it. We also took the opportunity to do our laundry. I e the sheets for the bed and towels. Our clothes usually get's washed underway.

The wind was still SW, but had decreased to 10-18 knots. Thus we sailed some 20 miles northward to Hamn just West of Kasns Port which has lots of slips for smaller craft and a tall ship at the dock too.

We wanted some privacy this time though, so we anchored a mile away in a little cove between some small islets.

The picture is of a tall ship at the dock at Kasns

40 miles north to Hang-Finland

SW to W 15-25 knots of wind and grey skies. Yesterday, we were busy, cleaning out the mess in the boat, and obtaining some means of mental soundness after this whole process with the engine exchange and spending 4 weeks at a wharf here.

At last under sail again! The sailing was fine enough albeit a bit on the 'bumpy' side. Our sealegs were still quite up to the task though. Obviously hence there was a lot of swell att the wharf in Dirham, and winds in the 20 knot range most of the time.

Sadly enough another mishap occurred with the egnine today, the new one that is. Halfway out in the Bay of Finland I accidentally touched the lever of the remote control for the gear/throttle wires. And much to my agony, it seized in reverse.

The sea state was way to uncomfortable to take the cockpit floorboarrd out to get access to the Beast underway. We were frequently getting splashed in the cockpit too, so it would not hve been a good idea to open up.

Upon our arrival at Hang, we had to discard the idea of entering the Guest Harbour or Marina. We anchored under sail at the leeward side of a ferry terminal where the chop was acceptable. Fortunately the anchor set right away, and kept us safe for the whole night. The wind increased to 25-30 knots during the night and stayed that strong during the entire day tomorrow too.

Before dinner I inspectted and disassembled the wire on the gear lever at the engine. It seemed OK. Then I got the idea to move the shaft and coupling and Eureka! 'clonk' and everything seemed to be back to normal.

A deep sigh....will I ever trust this engine, or more correctly, will I ever trust the installation?

I took the decision to have an experienced marine mechanic survey this whole installation sooner rather then later, maybe here in Hang? This is said to be the largest pleasure craft port in Finland so we'll see tomorrow...

The picture is of a superb little gaff-rigged vessel we met outside Hang

0,6 hours on the gauge!
09/01/2008, still same location

It's there! Goal!!

Not quite, but after spending more than 3 weeks here for an engine change, it feels almost like scoring in football, (soccer of course) :-D

Today, after so many setbacks I don't even want to talk about it, IT'S IN -....and it's working preoperly. They had quite a job to adjust the alllignment, the vibrations on the shaft was just incredible to start with. The problem seems to be that they don't have much experience, if any, in installing these kind of engines. Trial and error and one issue at a time has been the general principle for the work. Obviously I am not at all interested in paying for those hours spent on learning as opposed to installing, and I can see an 'interesting' discussion with this company coming up when I recieve the invoice.

The truth is, that my confidence has run so low with their competence, that I would like to have a Yanmar guy in Sweden or Finland to inspect this installation closely and give me a second opinion on the matter. This engine is so expensive and will hopefully serve us 26 years as did the old one so this is a matter to take to with a serious approach.

Enough of that, One of human beings main features is that we adapt easily, and maybe forget troubles easily too...

So now our focus has to switch back to sailing and cruising again.

August turned out to be pretty wet, i e rainy, albeit warm, so we hope for a crisp and sunny period in September to provide us with a happy ending of this voyage.

A couple of days ago I thought we could as well sail westward from here to the Stockholm archipelago (approx. 130 miles) and then slowly cruise southwards along the coast. Plans never work out as is well known, and right now the wind seem to turn from northerly to west and then southwest. This makes it more appealing to sail the 40 miles from here to Hang in Fnland instead in a more or less N course, this is well within what could be done in a day.

We'll see, as always the wind decides.... that said, I am really looking forward to telling you someting from a new place again soon.

la Bella Maquina - in it's place...
08/30/2008, - - - - - - -- - - - - - -

The story goes on. The engine was lowered into it's home under the cockpit sole yesterday, and some adjustmentst and allignment was done before darkness. As an added bonus we had some 25-30 knots of wind and heavy rainshowers to keep us in good mood.

There is somethng about this whole project that just don't work out for us. very little bit, every piece to install, or adjust refuse to cooperate, and time is slippng away here. When the engine was mounted and the coupling to the shaft tightened, it turned out that the lever for the gear couldn't move freely. It was so close to the hull. The wire for the gear also seemed too short!? This truely seems mysterious, since both engines are Yanmar 30 hp 3-cylinder and 'supposed' to be made to fit the bill...

In our darker moments, we are starting to wonder if we ever will leave this wharf again, maybe under sail...?

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