Friday, May 22

The sails are up and the first trip for the season

Yesterday was the first trip for the season, so at last we could check so everything was working as expected. It was a nice day with overcast and sunshine, with a southerly wind, the water is still fairly cold, 7-8 degrees. As soon as the sun disappeared behind a cloud, you could feel the cold wind. Anyhow, it was nice to be out on the water.

We decided early to just do a day trip, and sail around Ornö. We started from Karlslund up to the north tip of Ornö, Ornö huvud, and the thru the narrow sound between Ornö and Kymmendö. Then it was a tight cruise down toward Fjärdlång and then thru the sound at Långbäling south of Ornö and back to Dalarö.
A few minor problems were discovered, the speed log didn’t work and the ship’s clock didn’t strike. So there will be a few things to fix.

Saturday, May 16

Life raft and dingy on board, but two battens are missing??

Today, we started to load Lady Ann with all the equipment needed for the coming season, so both life raft and the rubber dingy are now placed on deck. When I prepared for setting the sails, I discovered that the two lower battens for the main sail were missing??!!
We always place them on deck in the autumn, when we take down the main sail for the season. All four battens for the main sail and also the three battens for the sun roof are always stored on deck during the winter to the next season, as they are too long to take home in the car. How they went missing is a mystery. We think they got missing already in the autumn before we took the boat up, as we have no recollection of seeing them when we were preparing the boat on land this spring. That the two longest ones have blown into the water before we took up the boat is not likely, so probably someone has actually stolen them. Anyhow we just had to contact the sail maker UK Syversen to get two new ones, which I will collect during the week.

Thursday, May 14

The mast is up and the rig is tuned

Yesterday afternoon we got the mast up. I got help from Alfred and Laban this time, and the actual event of raising the mast was quite easy this time, thanks to the arrangement with the adjustable fix point up the mast for crane wire (described in last years blog). Now the mast can just be raised by the crane and hang in the wire, while we attach the fore and back stay, as well as the shrouds.
But there is always something that happens, this year it was me getting too existed over something, and was stumbling around on deck, and suddenly one of my shoes left my foot and feel into the water!! Luckily it was floating a while, so Laban could get it up before it sunk. Except from that everything went OK.
On our way back to the jetty, I discovered that the log didn't work properly, it was pending from 1 to 25 knots before it went quite and just showed 0 knot. This could be something which needs replacement.

This afternoon I tuned the rig and prepared for the sail later on in the week. So we are slowly getting there, this year too.

Wednesday, May 6

Lady Ann back in the water

Yesterday Lady Ann went back into the water after this long winter break. It was nothing really dramatic as such, but as I had been doing some maintenance to the fuel system, I was not completely sure if the engine would start without any problems, due to air in the fuel system. But there were no problems at all, everything went ok. Alfred was kind enough to come out with public transport to the marina to give moral support. Actually, the real reason was to assist if the engine would stop suddenly during the transport to the jetty. It is always better to be two onboard than alone, in such a situation.

Alfred could also help me to take out the mast from the shed. This is normally no problem, but this year a really big mast was stored just outside Lady Ann's mast, so we had to move that one first, to be able to ours out. So now is the mast is on the trestles and will be attended to over the week-end, and hopefully we will raise the mast during next week.
It’s getting closer to the first trip for the season. But it is not really any big hurry, as the water temperature is still very low.