Free at last!

Our first couple of days back on the water have been totally great. There isn’t many other boats left out here, the season is obviously over for most seasonal seafarers in year 2019. We’ve had no trouble yet – except the engine overheating a tiny bit as we were pulling into this evenings anchorage.

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Three days ago, the day before we left Västerås we went shopping again. We were in need of a couple of things onboard to make life easier. Captain Simen had calculated that we could save up toward 30 watts an hour from our power bank onboard, much more in the future. For now we are sailing with only the generator in the engine as source for charging our growing need for battery power. In short we are going LED, throughout the ship. Our budget for now have however only allowed us to change six of our bulbs, but the rest will follow asap.

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We also picked up a few other things and had our first cup of cappuccino in months to celebrate ourselves a littlebit before departure. The main reason for us to take this last trip to the city center was to withdraw cash to pay for the boat. A good friend of us had given us a short term loan until our own money kick in about ten days from now, and we were then finally able to buy our way out of the harbour.

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Extracting 20 thousands Swedish Kroner however is close to impossible. If you have read this blog for a while, you’ll know that Sweden is on good way to be come the first country to become one hundred percent cashless. Which sucks bigtime. We visited all the banks in the entire city but none of them kept cash at all – and the ATM’s would only give us two thousand kroner. Why an entire country don’t use their own currency and have total faith in the banks is beyond me. Even the guy at Forex bank looked at me in despair, his eyes were begging for help and understanding for what is going on in his country. In the end we ended up making ten separate withdrawals using two different cards. For this we paid sky high fees, adding to our already extensively shrinking budget.

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As we returned to the ship Kaj, his wife Åsa and daughter Kaisa were hiding from the cold breeze in their car on the dock. Once again they brought a bunch of extra gear for the boat to give us. I’m sure we must be getting close to an entire spare engine in parts – which of course is very good, besides we can use the ballast. After signing the last piece of papers Kaj handed over the keys and the boat were finally and officially ours. Before we parted they were kind enough to drive us to a gas station so we could full our jerry-cans with diesel.

The next morning we were ready. After loading the dinghy up front and retrieving our land-power cord locked in on the dock we started the engine for the first time and powered off into freedom. She is extremely easy to handle and have a much better reaction time than any of our previous boats. We didn’t sail much the first day. Only by a little help from the Genoa we made 19 nautical miles before we found an awesome little bay shielded from all weather and waves. After anchoring we made our way with the dinghy to explore the surrounding forest and pick some mushrooms for dinner.

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Today we have mainly been sailing. Once we were clear from å huge swing-bridge we raised both sails and made it passed the 6 knot mark in 5 meter a second wind. I am not yet ready to describe to you the feeling of turning off the engine and be completely propelled by the wind. Knowing that this is our home and life again really makes life worth living.

As we turned in between the islands we had decided would make a great halfway-point for our next port of call; Södertälje – Simen noticed that the temperature gauge for the engine was peaking on red. Something was wrong. Once we had tied the boat to the rocks of an inhabited island named Linön we checked the fresh-water cooling tank which proved to be only a quarter full. We are putting all bets on that our refill of the cooling tank will solve the issue, but that’s a problem for tomorrow. It’s time for our evening tea.

Captain Jack

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