Oct 30, 2011

Turku Boat Show

Last weekend we visited Boat Show in Turku Congress Center. There was quite a good selection of sailing boats compared to previous years, so it was interesting to compare different boat models. Mostly this kind of exhibition is about comparing interiors of different boats. Without rigging it is difficult to compare the deck layout. Although we are not looking for a new boat it is interesting to see what's new on the market.

New Hallberg-Rassy 372. Still a lot of typical HR-features like windshield and a wooden toerail, but the underwater hull is modern with spade rudder and shorter keel. Also the aft cockpit seems to be current design trend for HR.

Interior materials have pretty much remained same for decades in HR. However, natural white curtains and cushions and two large deck hatches makes saloon bright and modern.

 Good space for navigator in HR 372 with good table and bench facing forwards. This is something that is lacking in many modern sailboats

T-keel in Hanse 325 is modern, but how practical in a cruising boat? At least it is good in catching fishnets and buoy chains behind the keel.  

 Another design trend coming from Volvo Ocean Race. Double wheels are now introduced in smaller boats as well. Here in new Dufour 335. 


Oct 21, 2011

Recycling at the sea and in the harbours

During our sailing journey we of course had to tackle pretty many practical things and find solutions to living on board. For me, this was the first long sailing journey so it was crucial to come up with new ways of dealing with things. We have tried to be as environmentally conscious as possible. For example, we use environmentally friendly dishwashing liquid in order to avoid polluting the sea.

One of the topics that was a little bit difficult to tackle with was the waste and recycling. In Finland, the whole recycling system is very well organized - there are different bins for all different materials in every house: glass, metal, paper, cardboard and separate bins for the rest of waste which are either combustible or go straight to the landfill. Additionally, hazardous waste like fluorescent lamps and batteries are collected separately. The recycling is done the same way also in the Finnish Archipelago. At Åland islands, there is a strict law that all that can be recycled, has to be recycled. Even in the harbours.

Recycling center, aka. återvinningsstation in Swedish, in Jurmo

It seems to us now that Finland is the only country around the Baltic sea where people actually do care where they through the waste. Hardly any Swedish, Danish or even Norwegian harbour we visited during our sailing journey this summer had other possibilities for recycling than normal waste and maybe an additional bin for paper waste. Where should one put all the metal food containers people so often use at sea when it can be difficult to get fresh food? Or glass bottles?

As a Finn, it was very difficult to understand the alarmingly low level of recycling possibilities in the harbours. Especially, when Baltic Sea needs help and we need to keep the water from getting totally polluted, it should be very easy for people to recycle everything possible.

This recycling center is located in the small island Helsingholmen. They even collect your bottles that you could recycle to the grocery store and get a deposit - so the administrator of the recycling center can collect the deposits later on.

 This one is located in Raisio, where Dolphin Dance is spending the winter season. Here one can even recycle the sails - SavetheC is a company that uses sails as a material for their products!

Is Finland the only country where recycling is this advanced and easy? What is your opinion and experience?

Oct 18, 2011

Preparing S/Y Dolphin Dance for winter

Season is finally over and S/Y Dolphin Dance is now prepared for winter. After lifting the boat up we have been busy cleaning the boat and building the winter cover. We had to leave the front of the keel unsupported so that the scratch in the keel can be properly fixed. Therefore Dolphin Dance is leaning little bit forwards and the water will not exit the deck via drains as designed. Thus we tried to cover the boat well to keep the deck dry during winter.

The scratches are opened and let to dry over winter lay-up before applying new layer of GRP

There are quite a lot of maintenance plans for the next season: we are planning to renew the epoxy paint in bottom and put epoxy paint to the bilge; the main water tank needs to be emptied and cleaned thoroughly; cushions need some washing and repairs; tiller some new layer of laquer. Furthermore, the fridge stopped working during summer so that needs to be replaced. 

So lot of things keep us busy also in off-season. 
/Antti & Minna

Oct 9, 2011

The actual last sailing journey of the season 2011

In the end of September, we thought that our sailing journey to Berghamn and Stenskär would be this season's last trip. Finally, last weekend, the weather in Finland was surprisingly great for the first weekend of October, so we made a small trip to visit Nauvo. Unfortunately, we did not focus on taking a lot of photos, but a couple of course.



Navigare vivere est! Manducare vivere est!

Now these days have been full of organizing the boat to be stored for the winter. The weather gets gradually colder and all has to be done: the cleaning, the storing of all mattresses, pillows, dishes and other accessories used during the summer. We have been cleaning the boat actively and the mast was taken off on Saturday, and tomorrow, on Monday, the boat will come up from the water. Thus, this season is coming to its end.