Apr 26, 2014

Maintenance update: New toilet

The new toilet is one of the few investments that we are making for this season. We decided to replace the old one, because it had started to smell a bit. The main culprit for this was a small crack at the base of the toilet seat. Two years ago I managed to seal this leak with Cpt. Tolley's Creeping Crack Cure, but obviously this was not a long term solution, since the toilet seat easily gets a bit of beating when used at sea. This is especially true in our boat, where the toilet is located sideways and rather close to the bow, so just staying on the toilet seat sometimes requires acrobatic maneuvers.

We replaced the original Jabsco toilet seat with a new marine toilet of the same brand. I was very pleased to find, that the dimensions of this product have remained the same since 1986, so the new toilet seat was easy to fit to the old screw holes and thus the installation was rather straight-forward. /Antti

The dimensions of the new and our old 1990's Jabsco marine toilets are the same 

The new toilet installed. When not in use, the toilet seat can be used as a bench when 
brushing your teeth for example. A smart dual purpose in a small boat.   

The biggest improvement in the design is a Twist 'n' Lock safety handle, 
which guards against flooding and waste backflow. 

Apr 19, 2014

S/Y Dolphin Dance now on Instagram!

Dolphin Dance is now on Instagram. You will find our account @sydolphindance from instagram.com/sydolphindance. So far we have posted some of our best sailing and sunset photos and we will keep posting inspirational photos from our sailing trips. Earlier, we have used Pinterest, but now we decided to launch Dolphin Dance's own Instagram since the mobile application is so easy to use also when sailing! Instagram is quite handy especially when compared to Facebook, where most of the people who like pages will not even see the photos or updates shared on the page thanks to Facebook's algorithm changes. So let's connect on Instagram too!

Apr 10, 2014

Spring update

I see that it has been rather quiet in this blog lately. Partly I blame the HR 29 Owner's forum, which was launched in the end of the last year: the forum has gained surprisingly many members and some pretty interesting topics and discussions. I personally think that the forum is a better place for more technical topics, since the forum platform is more suitable for multilateral discussion. I have enjoyed very much reading and learning from more experienced forum members. It is also nice to have chat room with people who are sailing the same type of boat since there are so many shared topics to discuss. All sailors who have interest in the HR boats are welcome to read and join the forum.

The blog has also been quiet lately, because we do not yet have plans for the coming season. For me this is a bit strange, because since 2009, I have always had a more or less 'fixed' goal for the season set up well ahead. In a way this feels also refreshing since this way we can go where wind takes us. Well, we know that we are probably going to start the main cruise in the end of June and spend about four weeks sailing. We will definitely spend more time in Finland, but also a visit to Sweden or Estonia is possible. Let's see what happens.

Thirdly, the blog has also been quiet since not much has yet happened at the boat. This winter and early spring has been strange. The winter weather in February was so warm, that it looked like we could start booking the launch. But when the spring should have arrived, the weather turned colder. There has been freezing temperatures during the nights, and also the days have been quite cold. It should get a bit warmer before the boat chemicals start to work properly. The maintenance task list should be shorter than on the previous years, so I am hoping to launch in end of this month.

Here are some photos from Lapland, where (two weeks ago) it still looked like a winter wonderland.