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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.
04/09/2009 here with four days off work. ( I e ON boat work) Sunny and warm weather for the season so we are very busy all the Holiday working on various projects on deck.

Rebedding deck hardware to prevent water from penetrating the core. Upon inspection it turns out that Röde Orm is in remarkably good shape. The 44(!) year old bedding compound looks fine when I disassemble the jib sheet tracks to take a closer look. The only thing I have to do is to put some new caulking there and then reassemble it. Easy to say, but as so often on a boat, that last bolt is really difficult to get access to, and takes a lot of time and even more patience to get into place. Finally we manage to do it. -(yes, the detailer, with her patience was called upon. Patience is not one of my best...)

Bits and ends

At last the Spring is here. Just like that, from one day to another. All of a sudden the marina is so crowded with people who are busy preparing their boats for the upcoming season.

We are definitely busy ourselves too. The 'to do' -list is pretty long and at the same pace as we are checking it, new projects are coming up.

Isabelle is really skilled at 'detailing' as she prefer to call it. With the patience of an angel she is sanding, cleaning and brushing all the teak trim on deck and then she gives it three coats with her preferred teak treatment. 'Cetol' which is something in between teak-oil and varnish. A big job now but it will save us a lot of work later. Looks good too.

As good as new

we did send the anchor and the chain to be regalvanized. It came back just as good as new. Very nice, isn' t it?


Our neighbour during the winter, Marc on his aluminum boat 'Vo Lu Mondu' (that he bought as a bare hull and finsihed off himself) is eager to sail north in the Baltic Sea this summer... but I wonder if it wouldn't be better to leave the dock first?

Anyway, he persists in claiming that he will leave April 15, so he's having a fare-well party onboard his boat April 13. All parties are most appreciated, but farewell parties are not quite my favorites... we will actually miss him, always with a smile and a joke when we meet on the wharf.

Good luck and Fair winds to you mate! I did that trip in 2007 and it's just superb. The warmer seas and the dolphins are calling for Isabelle and myself now, though...

wind vane maintenance

This joint had to be fixed on our Aries vane. The boltholes had gone oval over the years resulting in the whole structure moving in a not desired manner. The cure for this was to drill those holes to a larger size and then insert sleeves made of 10 mm hose for hydraulics. After a few hours of tinkering - and a few more of thinking and planning - the result was satisfactory. The joint is very solid now. I also cleaned adn lubricated the moving parts of the vane so it is ready for those lonely long watches it usually takes with no complaints or even demanding food or coffee.

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Who: Magnus & Isabelle
Port: Falsterbo -Sweden
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