We have had very warm autumn and temperatures are well above zero. However, the boat is now fully prepared for winter. Now that things are getting easier with the boat maintenance, it is good time to plan some gear updates. As mentioned earlier, we need to replace the fridge compressor so we are now comparing different models.
Lately, I have been looking for possibility for installing a bow thruster. HR 29 is quite a heavy boat, and due to the longish keel, steering backwards is not very efficient. A bow thruster would definitely help. Unfortunately, the normal tunnel bow thruster may be difficult to install, because the water and septic tanks in HR 29 are located in the fore peak. The installment might require some modifications on those, so this might be a bigger project. Another thing we would like to have for next season is a bowsprit for gennaker. Until now we have been using the gennaker attached to a pullpit. However, it would be more practical to use roller furling gennaker with a small bowsprit, like this stainless steel tube that is used in new HRs:
Picture from Hallberg-Rassy
Sanding the mattress boards and floorboards in Kustavi. They will get a new lacquer coating during the winter.
Beautiful autumn leaf colour in Kustavi a few weeks ago.