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.

13 September 2010
11 September 2010 | Nantes, Bretagne-France
07 September 2010 | Bretagne (or Normandie?)
02 September 2010 | still the same...
31 August 2010 | Rezè- Bretagne (boat in Rio Guadiana)
09 August 2010 | Rezé//Bretagne//France
18 July 2010 | Clisson/La Sèvre
15 July 2010 | Nantes/ Brittany
14 July 2010 | Nantes/Bretagne/France
25 June 2010 | Gamleby- Sweden
05 June 2010 | Mértola// Minas San Domingo
27 May 2010 | Alcoutim
24 May 2010 | of the River
21 May 2010 | Alcoutim/Sanlucar
21 May 2010 | Alcoutim/Sanlucar
16 May 2010 | Alcoutim
10 May 2010 | Alcoutim/Sanlucar
30 April 2010 | Alcoutim-PT// Sanlucar- ES
24 April 2010 | Ayamonte - Andalucia - Spain

Bad news! - Engine breakdown

03 August 2008 | Lehtma
The high pressure system is now leaving us for Ukraine or wherever at Southeast from here. Grey skies and drizzling rain was discovered upon opening of the hatch.

Variable weak winds during the day, increasing a bit at night and then a blow from East and Northeast during Tuesday and Wednesday with winds uo to 3o knots. We wanted to sail 45 M to North during the night when the winds was supposed to picka up a bit and well before the blow. Otherwise, we would get stuck here for 3-4 days to come. Not an appealing proposition. We were promised to buy 50 liters of diesel from the Tug boat Captain and had to move the boat some 50 meters to the 'big boat dock at the pier. After filling diesel, while we had lunch, there was a strange sound of pouring water in the boat. Horror!

Quickly I got the stairs covering the engine away and saw water pouring from the tray under the engine and down the bilge! HOLY G-D! For a second, I must have looked like a fish on land with my mouth open, staring like an idiot on the scene. Every sailors worst fear.... a leaking boat.

Then to action. Pumped the bilges dry, bailed the tray under the engine and saw no signs of a leak. Took every thing out of the cockpit lockers and the compartment under the aft deck to check all seacocks and valves and hoses. No leaks, everything in perfect working order. Unfortunately this left me with the nagging feeling I got right away.... THE REAL HORROR! The engine filled with water.... With a heavy heart I tried to crank the engine by hand, no success, I even heard water when I tried it but couldn't turn the flywheel of course. Then I got the final proof when I turned the ignition and nothing happened. DEAD: I am no expert in diesel engines, but I do recall reading somewhere that this means bent valves and a removal of the engine head. This is the best scenario.... the worst is of course, to toss the old iron genny and buy a new one. A quite hefty investment for sure. I remember getting a qoute in Sweden a year ago for ?'? 8000 for a new 3cylinder Yanmaar including installation.

Such bad news.

The tug boat Guy helped me with the diagnosis, and promised to call a yard here on the island tomorrow morning, to see if they could help me.
Vessel Name: Röde Orm
Vessel Make/Model: Laurin 32 ketch built in 1965
Hailing Port: Falsterbo -Sweden
Crew: Magnus & Isabelle
MAGNUS, Swedish skipper. Navigation teacher and a Commercial Yachtmaster. After many years of dreaming, recently sold off his business since over 20 years. Left swedish waters in June 2009 and hasn't yet looked back ISABELLE, Born in Brittany/France & First Mate. [...]
During 2008 we cruised during two and a half months in the Baltic Sea as covered in the older posts on this blog together with Magnus's 2007 cruise to 66 degrees North in the Baltic Sea. During this spring of 2009 we completed an extensive exterior refit of Röde Orm, and untied the docking [...]
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Who: Magnus & Isabelle
Port: Falsterbo -Sweden