Week 41 – 45 2018 Sweden, Helsingborg
8 October – 11 November 2018 16 nm
Week 41 8-14 October 2018 Norra Hamnen Helsingborg – Ven – Norra Hamnen 16 nm
8 October Monday Norra Hamnen
Fresh winds all night and some rain. The sky was overcastted and we had some rain during breakfast. The southerly wind create some surge in the harbour, but not unpleasant at all.
We remained at the breakfast table working with our weekly blog that had become a little delayed.
When that was taken care of we continued to finish the splicing of our new strong flexible mooring lines. By doing so we will not have any knots on the lines, only spliced eye shackled to a chain on the wharf and then to the cleat on Moon.
We have learned that, for instance Dyneema, is very sensitive to knots. We had one 16 mm Dyneema ripped off at a knot while moored in Japan during sever surge, in spite it had lots of rubber flex added.
After lunch we took a walk to the local health care centre to meet Björn’s mother. She had an appointment to meet a doctor to check her hart status. Gunilla drove her back to the flat and we walked to the flat via a supermarket.
Before dinner we looked at Gunillas photos from her trip last October on the US west coast. She actually past close to Moon in San Francisco when Moon was waiting for us to come back from a three weeks vacation to Sweden.
After a nice dinner together we walked back to Moon against a fresh southerly wind.
9 October Tuesday Norra Hamnen
The wind eased already before midnight and we got a quiet night without rain.
Gunilla came with Björns mother after breakfast and thanks to the high water level it was possible to relatively easy for her to step down to the deck. They were both very pleased with the interior of Moon and that she more than well lived up to their expectations. After coffee all three ladies drove to town to go shopping. Björn remained in Moon working and was supposed to join at Vikingstrand after lunch.
We took our car from the garage to Moon to deliver some stuff and then back to prepare dinner.
Walking back to Moon in the fading daylight was almost a warm summer experience!
10 October Wednesday Norra Hamnen – Norreborg on Island Ven 8 nm
No wind during the night. Sunshine through some haze when we woke up. After breakfast we started to prepare to be able to leave the harbour for a day or two. There was almost no wind and the haze was almost gone when we came out of the piers. Had to use the engine all the way south to Ven where we moored in the shallow harbour Norreborg at noon. The harbour has only seven eight feet of water at normal water level, so again it’s just fine with a centerboard instead of a deep keel. The water was very clear and it was almost scary to see the bottom that close.
Took our bikes for a tour around the island and visited the two other, deeper, harbours. This late in the season and being mid week there were only a few visiting boats, all from Denmark.
Back in Moon we were almost alone in “our” harbour and had a beer on the pier in the setting sun. The temperature is as high as in summertime.
11 October Thursday Norreborg harbour, Ven
We were lucky to have the sunrise just north of the north coast of the island and because of that the temperature raised very fast.
Had breakfast and did some work still at the table. We took along walk up on the island to pick some fallen apples to our breakfast porridge. The amount of fruit on the trees this year is unbelievable! The warm summer has really been good for apples and pears.
We let the bikes rest due to a very weak tire that looks to blow anytime soon.
The summer kept on the whole day, but today there was a fresh south easterly wind.
After dinner we were treated with an apple pie made out of the “free” apples we picked earlier today.
12 October Friday Norreborg Harbour – Norra Hamnen, Helsingborg 8 nm
Got some light swell into the harbour during the night, but nothing that bothered us. Sunshine from a clear sky when we had breakfast. The wind had become more from the south and after noon we got a nice comfortable downwind sailing back to Helsingborg. It was important as we wanted to use the full main to get it nicely folded for the winter storage on the boom.
All eventually sailing during the winter will be done using only the headsails. When we had tied Moon to the wharf, we walked to Björn’s mother to have dinner together.
Took the car back to Moon to be able to have an early shopping tour tomorrow.
13 October Saturday Norra Hamnen
Quiet night and sunshine when we had breakfast. Before nine o’clock we sat in our car, driving to four different shops to get stuff for the bikes, a tarp for Moon, teak oil for Björn’s mothers garden furniture and of course some food. Drove by Moon to leave stuff before we drove back to the garage. We used the whole day until late afternoon at the flat. Had lunch and coffee and in between we used the teak oil, giving the furniture a well needed layer of oil.
Walked back to Moon against the fresh wind and were astonished by the temperature again. It was warm in spite we had only a shirt and no sweaters. Back in Moon we started to prepare a part of the tarp to cover the mainsail on the boom. We did a similar protection when Moon was resting in Ladysmith, Vancouver Island Canada, and it worked out very well.
To prevent condensation we left a wide opening in the tarp under the boom, and we remembered to loosen the tension on the battens. Managed to get it temporary fixed before dinner.
14 October Sunday Norra Hamnen
Quiet night and only a weak south easterly wind. Still a very summer like weather when we woke up. Not a cloud in the sky! And this has been going on for almost a week and it is mid October. But due to the angle of the sun the morning temperature is much lower than during summer mornings.
After breakfast, when the sun had made the temperature nice and warm, Annika changed all four tires on the bikes. Björn took care of all the fenders that lately had become black from tires on wharfs. Managed to get them almost as new.
After having had a salad lunch we took our bikes for a test tour to Björn’s mother for afternoon coffee. Back to Moon we had to struggle against a fresh 20 knots wind.
Back in Moon we finalized and adjusted our new tarp on top of the main before the temperature dropped rapidly when the sun disappeared behind the pier.
Week 42 15 – 21 October 2018 Norra Hamnen Helsingborg
15 October Monday
Quiet night with no wind. At breakfast we had a clears sky and a rising sun. Stayed at the dining table the whole morning, finalizing the English weekly blog and other computer stuff. When the temperature had become comfortable outdoors, we fine trimmed our mooring lines. We are going to be in this marina for several months and here have to be absolutely no chafing on the lines.
After lunch Annika treated all outdoor teak with Tung tree oil. Cap rail, rub brail, teak around the cockpit and the cockpit table. It all looks like new!
Took a long walk in center of town, looking at the model of a long gone monastery that was built on top of the limestone cliff overlooking the Harbour and the center of town. This was in early 1200 when the Catholic Church was the norm in Sweden. Looked also at the remaining tower of a big castle that later was built nearby the place of the monastery. Sweden and Denmark was very often fighting in those days, in fact the southern part of Sweden have from time to time been Danish.
After all this historic exploring we went back to Moon and had an early dinner in cockpit before the sun disappeared behind the pier.
16 October Tuesday
Still no wind during night. Sunshine when we had breakfast, but we could see high clouds over land.
Walked to Björn’s mother and had coffee and later lunch, before we took the car and drove to the next town in the north. Being car owners we have to fulfill the demand for the yearly car inspection. On route we called a mechanical shop and asked if they could help us to enlarge the hole in the toggle between the mast and the boom. Sure they could, and we adjusted our course and left the toggle in the shop. A 16mm hole has to be 19 and not centric to keep the strength of the toggle.
Just half an hour later we were done with the car inspection and back to shop collecting the toggle, now with a nice 19mm hole not closer to the edges compared to the old 16mm hole.
Back in Björn’s mothers flat we made dinner before we walked back to Moon.
17 October Wednesday
Dense fog when we woke up. Could not see Denmark across the sound.
We had breakfast and then took our bikes to Björn’s mother to bring her with the car to a planned appointment at the Hospital. Annika assisted while Björn drove back to Moon for some work, waiting to be called for the return trip.
We brought our laundry and during afternoon we ran two full machines. The fog was not as dense as in the morning, but we could still not see Helsingör on the Danish side of the sound.
After lunch we took the car to find a 19 mm drill bit to be able to drill the whole in the boom. This special drill bit was not cheap! Had we been able to bring the boom to the mechanical shop it had probably been cheaper.
We left the car in the garage and organized the laundry in our backpacks and took the bikes back to Moon.
18 October Thursday
No wind during the night. Dark fog clouds when we woke up, but during breakfast the clouds disappeared slowly to the south. Around ten we had mostly sunshine and a cold breeze from northwest. During morning hours we worked with our water maker. Replaced the brushes in the electrical motor and two circuit breakers, that had got some salt water, were also exchanged. Now the water maker runs as new again.
The boom connection to the mast was then partly treated. We managed to get the stainless bushing into the 19 mm hole in the toggle after having had the bushing in the freezer. Tomorrow we will try to drill the holes for new bushing’s in the boom.
We had lunch before we started to attend the steering. We have got quite a play and both the gear in the pedestal and the transmission from the pedestal to the rudder are involved. Dissembled the arm to the autopilot, which is identical to the wheel’s, to have that as a template when ordering new rod ends. We have to wait with the final work to later when Moon is in her final berth, because the work involves having no connection to the rudder for some time.
Then we took a walk into center of town to do some shopping. Lamb to our Saturday dinner when we will have friends for staying over night. They are traveling back from France to Gothenburg after five weeks in their Canal boat.
We found some chestnuts that made a good appetizer before dinner.
19 October Friday
The wind eased during the night and we had again mirror like water around Moon having breakfast.
When the temperature had become comfortable for outdoor work we started with the boom connection. Loosen all the temporary lines that had kept the boom from swinging around and then we widened the worn 16 mm holes in the boom to 19 mm. We cut two pieces of a 19mm stainless pipe to length of the holes and managed to put them in as bushings. Fastened the toggles to the mast and then the boom to the toggles, using the old 16 mm clevis pin, now in the three bushings. Looks like new and is hopefully stronger than new. Very nice to have the boom fixed to the mast before we get the first though storm next week.
Took the bikes to Björn’s mother’s flat to have lunch. Then we took the car for a tour inland to have a walk around a small lake in a nice forest. The fall colours are just fantastic.
Back in the flat we had dinner together with Björn’s mother before we took the bikes back to Moon.
20 October Saturday
Late night we got some rain that was more or less gone when we had breakfast. The sky started to clear before noon.
Used the morning to clear up Moon’s interior that had got quite occupied during our projects this week. Very good to have visitors coming as we then have to tidy up the boat. After lunch we took a walk downtown to get some fresh supplies to the big dinner tonight.
Our friends came before three with the ferry from Denmark, and soon they were installed in the aft cabin. We then had coffee in the saloon where we continued talking the rest of the afternoon while preparing the evening dinner. Very convenient to have the galley in the saloon, making it possible for the chef to take full part in the conversations. When the sun was down we moved up to the dining table and had a delicious lamb dinner, finalized with some nice cheeses. Our friends brought very good wine from France. Later we spent several hours down in the saloon, but no more food!
21 October Sunday
The soft north westerly wind we had yesterday died completely during the night and in the morning we got a nice sunrise above the mirror like water in the harbour. Had breakfast when our guest woke up and then they drove to Björn’s mother. Because they had a fully loaded car we took our bikes.
Our friends continued after a short stop and we had coffee before we took our bikes back to Moon.
Back in Moon did some work at the dining table during the afternoon. Later we took a good walk around the harbour and part of downtown before preparing dinner.
Week 43 22 -29 October 2018 Norra Hamnen, Helsingborg Sweden
A windy week with mostly northwesterly, and very strong wind in the middle of the week.
Two days with lots of rain and in the end of the week very cold weather. We actually saw snow in the air for the first time.
The rainy weather made us stay in Moon two days and we visited Björn’s mother only five times this week.
Sunday we moved Moon to our winter berth, further into the harbour and more protected from the strong north westerly winds. The first night had less movement compared to our old more exposed spot. Hope we have the same impression after the first southwesterly gale.
We are investigating if we can exchange our AGM battery system to a lithium system. Found one guy who seems to know what he is talking about. The biggest problem is the height of Lithium batteries!
From now on we will just keep you posted with a summary for the past week until next sea trip.
Hope you are having a good time and we are always happy to hear from you. Let us know how you are and how things are in your neighborhood.
Week 44 29 October – 4 November 2018 Norra Hamnen Helsingborg
The new spot on the wharf is very much better than the one we had closer to the entrance. Even the moored boats around us are quiet, probable they keep their halyards more tidy.
The start of the week was bitterly cold, almost freezing temperature. But on Tuesday it became warmer again with some rain until Wednesday when we left Moon for a trip to Gothenburg. We had to do our skin check up. It’s not only healthy to be sailing under the sun.
Visited friends in Gothenburg and also our Ossi friends in Blue Heeler in a small harbour on our way south to our friends Anders and Agneta where we stayed two nights. Back in Moon on Friday we used rest of the day at Björn’s mother doing laundry and food shopping. Found fresh yellow fin tuna in the supermarket, yummy.
We worked on the boat Saturday and Sunday, improving our protection over the windows to prevent condensation.
The new double fender boards we installed last Tuesday seem to work quite ok. But the fenders do get very black in contact with the stainless on the rub rail.
The lithium battery project is on hold, the advertised size of 300Ah Winston cell’s we could fit in our battery box is not yet in production!
The last three days of the week became clear and with less wind compared to the earlier weeks, and still remarkable warm – around +10 C
Week 45 5 – 11 November 2018 Norra hamnen Helsingborg
A week with calm weather. Sunshine the first half and then foggy for the rest of the week. But we had only rain on the last day.
Most of the week we have been altering between Moon and Björns mother until Friday when sailing friends turned up in their boat, heading for Gothenburg on their way home from the Med. Had two nice days together with lots of delicious food, wine and talking.
Some achievements have been done, new winter tires for the car and Moon have become even more “winterized” during the week.
A new album covering ICW, US East Coast has been published. Only four more to go
Annika & Björn