Making her seaworthy

Morning fog is surrounding FF Harry with a thick blanket of white nothingness. Giving me the chance to update you on the progress regarding our new ship. The crew has changed into a gettting-up-with-the-sun routine in order to make the most out of the daylight. We are working as hard and fast as we can to make the new vessel ready to head south before the temperatures around here drop dramatically. 

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This is the first look of the new ship.

The ship is built in 1957, it was originally made to be a fishing-vessel but before they could finnish her, there was allready better suited ships in circulation. It therefore never served as what she was built for. For size she is 30 feet (9,14 meter) long and 3 meter wide. They then put up a mast and made it a leasure-boat instead. Adding sail and other features more suited for her new purpose.

The engine is a 220 Bedford that most likely used to serve as the motor of a car. It has 4 cylinders and 62,5 horsepower to our disposal. Our first big quest was to figure out if it would actually start. If there was no life in the engine, I do believe this would be too much of a task for us non-mechanical pirates to take upon us. There would of course be a chance we could make it happen, but it would take a lot of time and money that we don’t have. But after a lot of testing, checking, going through the whole system several times and adding some fresh diesel to one of the three dieseltanks she wasn’t to hard to ask. The engine started without any big hickups after four years of standing untouched on land. Hurray!

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The new office have more space.

But there is no time to celebrate. Captain Simen started the everlasting work on the electrical system. There is hundreds of meters with cables on a ship this size, and we have to check them all. Lucky for us, most of the gear is working just fine, but we had to install an extra bilge-pump and reattatch some cables, change som fuzes, doublecheck everything and make sure everything do the job they are meant to.

I have spent most of the time sealing up the outside of the ship. It has, as mentioned, been laying drydocked for the past four years. It has however been looked after, or meant to be set in water about three years ago – it never happened. There was still a bunch of cracks where water would flow in like a river if we didn’t seal it up properly. After spemding an entire day of sealing up with stuff like PL-400 and Sikaflex, not to forget adding new woodcapsules on several boltholes – there was a whole lot of space in between the boards still wide upen… We had to go to drastical meassures and repaint the whole ship. We used something called cold-asphalt, which is mostly a tar-based substance that both my hands, face and clothes now have been covered in. It’s how they used to do it economically in the old days. It worked a hundred years back and still does today. Just ask FF Harry, he got a coat just four months ago.

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Left side no paint, right side lots of paint.

It took all of yesterday to do the bottom of the ship. Today is a new layer in between the boards before continue the work above the waterline. It’s a whole lot of work, but man.. There is not many things more beautiful than a freshly painted pirate-ship.

Allright, I think that was it for the update. Spillersboda as a town is perfect for this work. There isn’t too many distractions and they have everything we need. They didn’t have the cold-asphalt in the paintshop – but it only took a few hours from we ordered it until they had gotten it for us anyway. The grocery-store is also good, not too busy they either – but today they are supposed to have gotten fresh bread. They even have laundry-machines for us to use in the basement.. The only thing missing in Spillersboda is a shower. There is no showers here – and I really need a shower.

Captain Jack

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FF Harry sulking by himself.

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Don’t forget to help us out on our fundraiser, it is still not over. If you feel like giving us a hand, please go to our donationsite HERE.

 

 

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The new pirate-ship

The fog is cold and wet, it makes getting up in the morning only bearable with hot coffee and the feel of the morning sun creeping over the top of the trees. Everything is damp and soggy – But there is no sleeping in for pirates that has to get their new ship ready for adventures. 

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Morning sun.

It took us a couple of days to decide about the ship after arrival in Spillersboda. The town is quiet now that most of the summer-guests have gone back to Stockholm or wherever. But there is still a grocery-store, a hardware and woodshop, not to forget the shipyard we are currently located at. It took almost two days to go through the state of the vessel, but it is verified; the engine starts, the ship from 1957 is in good shape, it looks amazing – we bought it.

There is of course a maze of things to take care of even before we can get her on the water. The most important thing was that the engine would start and with a little help from Hasse, the man of the shipyard, we managed to put together the information needed for us to turn the key. None of us is actual mechanics, and there is a total mess of cables, pipes and stuff noone actually know why is there. The ship has been on land for the last 4 years. Lucky for us the people before us have been taking good care of it, and we remain very positive about getting her seaworthy. It looks like we might have to stay in Spillesboda for a couple of weeks to make it happen, but it’s totally worth it. The ship is beautiful!

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Wrapped pirate ship.

This would not be possible without the help from all of you that have donated to our fundraiser. The new pirate-ship is still on a lease-contract, meaning that if you are able to help us out, there is still a chance! Every little krone, euro, dollar or whatever your country have decided is good enough for your people is very much appreciated. Please, don’t feel bad about donating to our ship-cause. It is allready in our hands, but not fully paid for, and the actual fixing up of the ship shouldn’t cost much more than hard labour from the crew. We really want to keep telling you about our adventures – please support our campain by following the link below.

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Under the tarp.

I should get going, there is way too much to do and I’ve allready finnished my coffee. First point of the agenda is to unwrap the rest of our new ship. I can’t wait to see the whole thing without wrapping – and to show all you good readers of the blog, and all contributors what we’ve got to work with in the future! I’ll make sure to update you all as soon as possible.

Captain Jack

Adventuring forward

Stockholm may be an extremely clean, safe and proud capital city – but like all other crowded places, you pay for what you get. Since the crew left onboard is dying to save every bit of money that comes through our hands; we decided to leave town before the sun went down yesterday. We are located about 6 hours of Harry-speed northwest of the city at a small island called Rävsund. 

We got to do a little sightseeing and all that stuff, there is a lot to see and we had an interesting venture visiting the two museumships laying in front of the Vasa-museum. These are free to visit, well worth the money. I know you are probably supposed to take a bunch of pictures when you are visiting big cities like this, but to be honest I forgot all about the camera and didn’t really take any  during our long walks in the streets and the old town.. except this one:

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The mess onboard the lighthouse-ship in the harbour.

It should be mentioned that our friend in the Wasa guest harbour helped us out a lot by only charging us 50 euro for our whole stay (instead of 120) – and that the nice guy named Fredrick came over to hear our story, and for that gave us 500 kroner. Also the guys that knocked on the ship to order waffles at 11 pm for 490 kroner. All in all we came out of our 3 day visit alot better than feared. Of course we had to bunker up, the Swedish diesel prices are crazy, but the tank is now full and in a few hours we will most likely get to inspect our new pirate ship with our own eyes.

Speaking of our new ship. We are halfway there on the cash side of it. The crew will of course sell more waffles, maybe even some of the gear we have onboard the FF Harry, but feel free to help out on our fundraiser. We have got some major donations lately, and this means a lot!

The link to our donation site is HERE

I do not fear that we won’t be able to make it. But since we just hit september, it is now a race against time before we will freeze in or have to deal with a lot more weather on our way out. The new ship has to be rigged and overhauled, it also need some good soaking days in the water before we can consider it safe. The previous owners are telling us they did a great job taking care of the boat, even though it sits on land at the moment. We will see for ourselves in a couple of hours.

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Found one more picture taken as we sail into Stockholm.

We have gotten a few requests from people that want to join the piratelife with us – and yes! This is possible, but not until the new ship is ready and we have the neccesary bunks. We have learned that setting up camp with tents and all that stuff take away much needed time. Feel free to send us a message, I’m sure we can find solutions.

But for now our minds are set to scrape together the funds. Please check out our fundraiser, I think the lowest you can give is about 5 kroner or 1 usd. But for smaller amounts, feel free to use paypal, every single cent helps out 🙂

Link to donationsite

We are finally at a place where we can make a coffee-fire, and thats exactly what I’m doing after posting this. Varg took off to Copenhagen to meet up with his girlfriend. Captain Simen is still asleep, we watched a movie last night for the first time in months. Oh yeah – the sun is shining! It’s time for coffee.

I wish you all the best for the coming week. Subscribe or check in regulary for updates on this crazy adventure!

Captain Jack