Working and sailing

Working and sailing

A lot of working and a bit of sailing is, what we did the last 9 days. Our visitors left on saturday and we started working on our open-items-list on Sunday. Working on the water maker. Thought it will run on monday but eventually it was wednesday when work was finished.

Main part was to build in the panel with all the hoses etc. and make sure that the salt water outlet is sealed properly. Couple a days later test run and yes, it is working. First part was to flush the membranes to get rid of some conservation fluid. And today we produced the first around 30 Liters for our potable water tank.

The other project was to prevent water in the anchor chain cabin. The outlet on the bottom was full with waste (esp. leafes) so no water was able to get out there. With this the cabin got fuller and fuller and eventually water come into the boat. We cleaned it, so now water can get out through the hole in the botteom. But to have a kind of plan B, I installed a second outlet above the waterline as I saw it on several other boats.

Lucky as I am with stuff like this, I screwd through a metal plate. With this it was a bit more complicated to get a hole for a water outlet. But finally it is in place and hopefully there will no more coming water into the boat from this place.

With this and some smaller stuff the week was over. On Saturday we started sailing again. From Travemünde to Boltenhagen. From there on Sunday to Kühlungsborn and yesterday from there to Warnemünde, to anchor there. Was a really nice and qiuite night there. Today now into the close by secure marina, waiting for the hurricane. Ok not really hurricane but, with gusts > 40 kn to be expected, good to be safe there.

Some impressions:




Baltic Sea circle

Baltic Sea circle

The day before yesterday we finished our baltic sea circle. A rather small one and more a triangle than a circle. The small line on the right corner of the triangle was our anchor adventure.

Friday evening we had wonderful visitors. My sister- and brother-in-law. They brought us some stuff we left at their home and most important, missing parts for our watermaker. Delivery came from Trinidad and arrived there 2 hours before they left for the trip to us. Perfect Timing.

After they’ve left, we watched german football final.

The boats you can see in the background btw spin right in front of our porch/patio.

So today I continued the installation of our water maker. Now everything is complete between waterintake, membranes and panel. Last one I will install tomorrow and by this finalising the installation.

In case everything goes according to plan and works properly we can start to change the water of the seven seas into drinking water. Guess this gives enough drinking water for the next years.



Monday we left Kühlungsborn Marina. Was not a lot of wind announced so we intended to try to anchor in front of a beautiful beach. Not yet south sea but you need to start slowly.

For BBQ fish was on the menu. Some preparations and optimistic starting into our fishing career.

Me too. But without a fish nearby my rivets on my fishing rod broke. So I fixed this and started my fishing career as well.

Codfish is supposed to be around here. So we read about how to catch some and prepared our fishing rod as described with respective bait which we held close to the ground (which is in the baltic sea seldom far away).

And: without success. So our grill stayed empty:

Ok, not really, for “the very unlikely case of” we were prepared with some meat.

Not prepared were we with the second night. There was some more wind announced, around 20 kn. Our anchor was stable located, so maybe some shaking and a not 100% sleep.

But around midnight I realised a wet floor, opend a floor flap and almost up to it was salt water. Not good. So we pumped it empty and tried to find the source. It was somehow clear, that there are not a lot of possibilites on a steel yacht. Basically the only area was were the anchor chain is stowed. The pump has no problem bringing the water out. But I guess you can imagine, it was a sleeples night.

Then today some drying and cleaning.

Eventually it was clear. Water coming over board (and there was a lot due to the weather situation) wasn’t able to get out of the anchor compartment because the outlet was blocked. Here you can see the soup the anchor was in and it was actually up to almost the top before I started to put it out (before/after).

And here the reason why baltic sea water was able to use our guest room.

Bad luck? No, I don’t think so. I need to get better in checking all details. It’s really different to a living house, where you need to keep things decent but you don’t need to check everything all the time. On a sailing boat it is crucial.


Three days

Three days

The first three days of our long long journey are behind us. We are cruisng the Baltic sea.

First day was a 28 sm trip from Travemünde to Grossenbrode (both Germany). Starting with moderate wind and 5 kn speed from the back, it was fine sailing.Half the way the wind died and we had to do the remaining part using our engine.

First day ended with BBQ. We were just in time ready with diner before rain started.

Yesterday then we worked on our to-do list. A lot of items, all minor, but kept us busy.

Today now from Grossenbrode to Kühlungsborn. Similar to yesterday we started with good wind for the 29 sm, but for the final 10 sm we had to run the engine.

Trip was nevertheless fine and now we are lying in a secure box at the local marina. We are still in the phase to get to know our boat better considering, that we are sailing with it for so far only 15 days. But with each day we are getting more confortable in handling it.

Sunset of the day:


Let’s start sailing

Let’s start sailing

after the experts here in Marina Baltica have built in a new water inlet, we are today ready for going back into the water.

Since the water level of the baltic sea was to low, we had to wait for higher water. But finally we are back where Luna Mare belongs to.

Then we attached the sails and now we are prepared for the FIRST sailing day into our new life. May there be a lot of them in front of us during the next hopefully many many years sailing around this globe.

But before starting tomorrow sailing into our new life, there was some symbolic end of my former one. The brief case which accompanied me for about 20 years working life find today its final destination:



Change of working place

Change of working place.

About two weeks ago I started to work for “Luna Mare”, which means that we have started our intended circumnavigation. But before we can set sails there is still something work there.

Here is a comparison of my former working place and the one I had today:


Wet paint!

Wet paint!

Ready with painting. All layers are applied and the hull is looking great again with the somewhat higher water line. We got a good feeling regarding the underwater area. According to the paint supplier next work will be necessary end of 2018. Till then some cleaning, but since I’m equipped with a “freediver” (diving with air supplied from a diving compressor swimming on the water surface driven by a battery) it should be easy work.

The desalination project also makes some progress. The high pressure pump is where the starter battery was before, since it fits 100% there. Starter battery is now where cold weather clothing was before. And cold weather clothing ….Just having little space is a special challenge, every boat owner < 40 feet of boat length knows what I mean.

Pressure vessels found there place as well. Now I have to mount all filters and a water pump and connect them with water hoses.

The heart of the electric installation with battery and several charger as well as the energy management box (EM-Box):

While drilling a hole for some of the hoses I wondered why there is isolation material, at least it felt like this. A closer look showed, it was a water hose (outlet of one of the bilge pumps). I was after a brief check sure that there should’nd be one. Shit happens:


Some painting

Some painting

After a rainy day, which made grinding and painting impossible, we finalised yesterday the grinding part and started already with painting.

Luckily weather went better, so we can today apply two layers of primer.

Progress is already visible. Boat has to go back into the water in 8 days, so enough time to apply another layer of primer and then 3 layer antifouling.

Painting will only take a couple of hours per day, so I can start the next “project”, our desalination device, which shall change seawater into fine potable water. Is from my point of view the top of luxury you can have on a sailing boat during a circumnavigation.

May 15th will then be the day we’ll start sailing into our new life! And we are good prepared. We got a lot of information (charts, guides) from the crew of SY Columbia, the wonderful couple Rosita and Bernhard. Thanks a lot.



Grinding work

Grinding work

Instead of lying at a romantic beach having some longdrinks we need to work on our boat. The underwater-antifouling is not high enough, so part of the orange painted area is within the water or to close to.

So taking the orange colour (which we applied only two years ago) away by grinding all along the boat (means about 23 m) and 10 to 15 cm high. Thought it might take one day, but after two days and in total 17 h work only 2/3 of the ginding job is done. After this we need to apply five layers of colour (primer and antifouling).

And finally the whole under water area shall get an additional layer of antifouling.

Yesterday evening it started raining and so it does now. We already postponed the day a crane will bring our boat back to the water by 5 days. So hopefully the weather will get better soon, to make sure all work can be done by that time.

Looks like we can start sailing and go for our circumnavigation in about 10 days, spending then the first two months sailing the baltic sea.

At Home

At Home.

Almost three days now already in our new life. Sunday we stored what we’ve finally brought with us. We were welcomed by Marina and Uwe, who are managing the local base of the trans ocean sailing association.

The great thing about sailing is the easygoing when it is to get acqauinted with other people. I got a phone call from Rosita, telling me that she and her husband Bernhard read our blog and that theay are currently just around the corner within the same boatyard where we are.

So the very same evening we met on our boad and had nice talks about their and our plans while having a drink. They plan to start for their long journey end of july with SY Columba, as they named their 40ft yacht. And they maintain as well a (german) blog.

And when they later left, our neighbours asked us whether we would like to join them for a glass of wine and some talking. So we spent some more hours that evening with nice people. Uschi and Andreas are not yet planning a long journey but do have their own sailing yacht for some years now.

So it was around midnight when we went back to Luna Mare. Was really great to sit together with such wonderfull people having the feeling to know each other for many years already although we just met the very same day.

Monday we just did some small work on the boat. But nevertheless important. I’m on the way to build in a Watermaker which is quite huge, producing 120l water per hour. The pump has 16 kg, the membranes a lenght of 1,25 m. You can imagine that it isn’t easy to find place for such a device on a 38 ft SY, consdering all the addtional parts esp. filters. But I made some progress, found place for the above mentioned bigger parts (which makes it necessary to replace a battery) and am now optimistic to find places for the smaller ones as well. Guess will take several days till it is build in and running.

Today we were busy to prepare the boat to go on shore. We need to do some painting in the under water area and since the boat is a bit heavier as planned to extend the antifouling paint a bit.

The last to days were quite ok, cold and windy but try. This evening it changed and now it is the best weather to sit at my computer writing a blog.