Fall is coming

It’s been a little quiet here since wecame to Stavanger. Everyday life has crept up on us again and motivation to blog disappeared with the return to work.

Moored at a free quay

A lot of things have happened however, Maybe is on land again. It’s something we started to think about during the trip here and finally decided to do it this winter, more about why later.

Maybe and Claire at Lindøy

Since we arrived here we’ve done some small trips around Ryfylke, the county where we live. The boat life here is a bit different from the one we where used to on the Swedish east coast. It’s a lot deeper and steeper so our usual tactic of dropping a stern anchor and running lines to land from the prow doesn’t really work here, the angle of the anchor chain gets too large to trust. On the upside there seems to be a lot of spots around where you can moor by a proper quay and don’t have to pay for it. The water is crystal clear by my standards. You can easily see the bottom on three to four meters depth.

 

We have been through the paper exercise of importing Maybe to Norway. The import in itself isn’t that hard, but then there’s new insurance, boat registry, VHF certificate and so on. All the stuff to think about might be another post in itself.

 

Steering into the dock for lifting

The main reason for us lifting the boat is to fix the

Showing off Maybes new flag – indoors – its raining for a change

through hulls. They seem to be the original ones from when the boat was built and most of the sea-cocks that they are attached to have all but corroded to the point where we can’t move them. This is a security risk not worth taking. Another reason for changing through hulls is that it seems to be common practice to stay connected to shore power here in the marinas, this means a big chance of galvanic corrosion on our old copper based through hulls. Changing them to a composite material instead should remove that risk.

 

The second reason for getting the boat out of the water is simply to paint the hull and get rid of any blisters that formed in the hull. There seems to be a slight case of osmosis in it. This is just cosmetic, but while she’s out of the water and getting some fresh paint we might as well fix her pimples before painting over them.

 

Niklas in the mast top

Thirdly, the mast had to come of anyways. We had been thinking about it before but the decision became final when we tried to change the genua halyard , its was old, wire-based and with a really crusty old rope spliced in. When we started running the old rope to get it out of the mast i got stuck somewhere in the mast. We tried different tricks, including hoisting me up the mast to try to pry it loose from above, but to no success. So the mast had to come of. While its off we’re going to do some improvements as well. For example we will re-route some wiring that’s slowly driving us mad. When the boat rocks at anchor the wiring bangs against the inner of the mast creating a very annoying sound. Then there’s the mystery of why the deck light doesn’t work and figuring out what the h*ll is going on with our anemometer? All in all I think we will keep ourselves busy this winter and hopefully keep you guys in the loop as well!