Mar 22, 2015

Upgrading interior 2011-2014 (and new carpet)

We have been upgrading and modernizing the interior and the textiles each year since 2011. Summer 2011 was also Minna's first sailing season, and her first idea was to bring some colour onboard with turquoise pillows and blankets. Minna also crocheted a net for the fruits, which was very handy. However, the net, hanging in the cabin, was a bit too long so there was a risk of getting hit by a tomato when visiting the toilet while sailing. Thus, the design was improved for the next year.

During the following winter, Minna sewed Dolphin Dance's new light coloured curtains and we bought a V-shaped pillow-top mattress for the fore peak. We also improved the organization on board with various storage boxes. 

The mattresses were renewed during the winter 2012/13, as especially the saloon settees started to be rather worn out. Many of the buttons were missing, the torn fabric was repaired multiple times and the colour was partly washed out. Furthermore, there were some mold spots on the underside of the mattresses as we probably had not paid enough attention to lifting the mattresses up each morning. 

For the season 2014, we replaced the original, already worn out blue carpet with a grey one. This new carpet fits better in the light colour of the mattresses. 

For the coming season, we do not have any major plans in mind regarding the interior. The biggest project is probably going to be replacing the sink and the tap in the heads. 

Original textiles (2011)

Modernized interior (2014)

New grey carpet

Mar 11, 2015

New video: sailing in Finland and Sweden in 2014

During the season 2014, I filmed a lot of material in the archipelago with DJI Phantom drone and GoPro camera in general. I plan to use this material in a couple of other videos that I am currently working on, but I also wanted to make this compilation video which is based solely on GoPro footage.

For getting the aerial video and photos of a moving boat, I launched the drone a couple of times while sailing. The first time was in Åland, when the conditions were really light in terms of wind and sea state. The conditions were perfect for the first flight as there was not much traffic around so I could play with the drone while we were sailing at the speed of couple of knots.

The first drone flight while sailing