Lindisfarne – Forgus 37 – 7,5t (more than 9t equipped)
Canada BC to Portland, Oregon USA
March – May 2012
Lindisfarne SOLD – Moon – our new home is in Malaysia
Moon – Koopmans 47 – 12,5t (17t fully equipped and full tanks)
June – December 2012
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1 – 4 Jan
We are in Gothenburg and the winter is still green and very windy. Last night Emil arrived, a winter storm over the Swedish west coast, with winds in the upper 60 knots.
Tomorrow we plan to go sailing over the weekend, before the next storm…
5 – 12 Jan Gothenburg, Sweden
We have been sailing!
Four very nice days and 110 nm in the beautiful Swedish archipelago seen from CHESS, a fast Arcona 400. With easterly 5-6knots of wind we easily did 6-7 knots on a mirror like surface, quite a different to what we are used to. The weather is now back to rain and more windy condition, but still no frost!
13 – 24 Jan Gothenburg, Sweden
Now back in Gothenburg after one week in Stockholm meeting old and new friends. And finally the winter has arrived. Frost, snow and freezing temperature all day. It is quite nice.
7 Feb Gothenburg, Sweden
Sweden is now covered in snow and the last days have been really cold.
The record so far from the north of Sweden is -43C (-44F) the first days of February.
Combined with the highest pressure 1058hPa ever measured in February.
At the same time temperatures in the south went down to between -15 to -25C (14 to -13F).
– It is a much milder climate in Canada where we have left the boat.
27 Feb Helsingborg, Sweden
Time to pack up and go home.
We are leaving Sweden for some days in Chicago before coming home to the boat in Canada,
Monday 5 March 4851.26N 12329.90W Ganges, Canada BC
Finally back home. The winter have been gently to the boat and well taken care of.
After 4 nice days in Chicago we will now start organizing for the trip north, to Prince William Sound an Alaska.
The weather here in Ganges is still early spring and just a few trees have started to show some green.
14 March Canada BC
LINDISFARNE IS FOR SALE
While waiting for weather to get Lindisfarne ready for the trip to Alaska we did some internet browsing for a bigger shell to live in.
We have done this now and then during the years but never found anything that really fit us – or our wallet. And now we found a handful of possible objects, so on Monday we will fly to Malaysia to inspect the most interesting yacht we found.
We have already placed a bid (accepted) which presupposes that the facts comprehend with the understanding we got via the Internet ad.
This means that Lindisfarne is for sale in Canada/USA now.
Lindisfarne is – turn key ready – and we easily moved in the area between Vancouver/Victoria/Seattle for easy access.
Interested – send us an email to get a complete specification and spare part/inventory list.
Price – 180 000USD. European VAT paid.
Sunday 19 March
LINDISFARNE – SOLD
The wheels are spinning fast right now…
It is only 8 days since we sent our first email to the boat we found on the Internet, and 6 days since we contacted a guy we meet in Tonga 2008 who showed interest in Lindisfarne.
We hope the inspection of our new boat in Langkawi, Malaysia, is successful and that both deals come to final contracts.
Monday 26 March Langkawi Malaysia
Both deals are now set – we will be happy owners of a Koopmans 47.
Who could ever believe we would abandon Lindisfarne, but it is now going to happen. Do we have to say this is very exciting.
Sunday 1 April Ganges, Canada
We are back to a typical spring weather in Ganges, Canada.
The trip to Malaysia was a success and the dream of a new bigger home is now a reality.
The focus for the coming three weeks is to prepare Lindisfarne for the delivery sailing to Portland Oregon, USA.
2 – 15 April Ganges, Canada
Both this weekend and during Eastern Ganges had sunshine and it was mostly quite warm, even in the shade.
Last Friday we made a short test sailing, just to check that everything works as it use to do – and it did.
So on Thursday this week we are leaving Ganges to go to Sidney on Vancouver Island to meet the new owner. The plan is to check in to US in Port Angeles as soon as weather permit and then continue thru the strait between USA and Canada and then down the coast to Portland.
21 April Sidney, Canada
Ready for the final trip with Lindisfarne. We have 315nm going south in front of us and it seems we will have northerly wind until Monday. First stop will be Port Angeles to check in and then thru Juan de Fuca strait before the 130Nm along the barren coast to Columbia River.
22 – 26 April Portland, OR USA
The last trip on Lindisfarne is now finished.
We had a remarkable luck with both weather and wind.
The new owner had taken the week off and here we are in Portland and it is only Wednesday.
Today we started to empty Lindisfarne to his house where we sort, pack and organize the shipping of our stuff to Malaysia.
27 April – 11 May Portland, OR USA
Lindisfarne surveyed, sold and paid!
After a week of inspection, with a high marks, and boat work, Lindisfarne is now proven to comply with US regulations, although she has 220v wiring. An isolation transformer 110-220V takes care of that problem, making the boat more flexible for coming adventures.
No measurable moisture in hull or deck, especially important as Lindisfarne has balsa core sandwich in both deck and hull!
We accept that as a sign that leaving the boat safe in the water during our trips to Europe instead of a hard stand is the way to go. Lindisfarne has not spent more than short maintenance time on shore since launching in spring 2004!
At the Yacht Club we and Craig, the new owner, got a lot of nice remarks regarding the yacht and the outcome of the survey, a pleasant experience and credit to our grade of maintenance.
Craig is now the happy owner of Lindisfarne, but will soon name her “Irie”, the same as his former boat.
We have still a lot of things to take care of to be able to ship our belongings to Moon in Malaysia and plan to fly out last week of May
12 – 20 May Portland, OR USA
What a week, nice weather and a lot to do.
Finally we manage to arrange for all our stuff to be picked up and sent to Malaysia by sea. It is amazing how much “necessary” things we had and even more amazing that we packed almost all – in 31 boxes.
We have now a week until we fly to Malaysia and are going to write a boat manual for the new owner, and to do some hiking in the area.
ETA Langkawi Malaysia, May 29.
Tuesday 29 May Sunset Valley, Langkawi Malaysia
We are now in Malaysia after a 38 hour trip, door to door, from Portland via LA, Tokyo and Kuala Lumpur.
The plan is to stay for a couple of days at Moons former owners resort, to relax and make plans for the next couple of months, and before we move Moon to the Yacht Club in Kuah, Langkawi.
1 – 12 June Royal Langkawi Yacht Club, Malaysia
After some days rest and adjustment to the heat and humidity we moved to Moon 1 of June.
We have since then gone thru all lockers and nooks to learn. That included a great deal of emptying and cleaning as well. All lines have been left exposed to the weather during the years on a mooring and were quite green, we are now slowly seeing what color they ones had.
We have had some windy days and some heavy showers, but now it is back to almost no wind and a squall now and then. The plan is now to remain in the marina until our boxes arrives in mid July.
13 – 23 June Royal Langkawi Yacht Club, Malaysia
We are still learning about our new home. Cleaning, repairing and finding new needs.
Making lists of what we have to do and in which order.
Sunday 8 July Royal Langkawi Yacht Club, Malaysia
Plans are obviously made for having something to change…
New plans as follows – We are hauling out in about two weeks from now here in Langkawi to do some repair due to moister which the previous owners will pay for.
In the same time we plan to do some upgrading and fixing, what we had planned for in Phuket.
We will probably be on the hard for about two months (it turned out to be 22!!) and hope to end this period of boat work with some week’s vacation as we have to renew our visa for staying in Malaysia.
But as we say – plans are made to be changed.
9 – 18 July Royal Langkawi Yacht Club, Malaysia
We have had guests from Sweden during two days.
A cousin of Björn with family were on holiday, diving in Bali, so they took a detour to meet us here in Malaysia. It was very nice and we rented a car and drove around the island.
This is the last night in the marina as we haul out tomorrow. It will be tough but necessary for our new life in Moon and we hope to be able to fix almost all so we don’t have to haul out again in Phuket.
Sunday 29 July 0617.75N 09947.33E B&V Marine Langkawi, Malaysia
Wow – All our boxes came today, finally.
We have now been here in Malaysia in two months and since 9 days on the hard. The boat rests very well on a concrete slab and we have water and electricity nearby.
Next step is to construct a roof to cover the whole boat after the mast is lifted off the boat.
We really hope that the shade from the cover will make the climate in the boat much cooler.
Two to three guys have taken most of the antifouling away and some sanding remain. Next is to dismount the centerboard and the rudder after we have organized our stuff from all boxes. It is wonderful to have access to our own tools and household stuff again.
3:rd week on the hard.
Most of all boxes are now emptied and we have built a small shed for stuff we don’t want to store in the boat until we are ready to launch. The sanding of the bottom is ready and today a new guy came to grind off the epoxy around the centerboard casing, where we earlier measured moister. It looks like there has been some penetration of water around the screws that hold a stainless protection frame.
The mast was also lifted off the boat by a crane. It is painted and need some care before repainting. Tomorrow another guy comes to open a new lid in the pot and pan locker, plus some other interior fixing.
We are in other words quite busy and in the evening when the temperature falls a bit the eye lids do the same.
6 – 12 August
4:rd week on the hard.
Finally we have an air conditioner running in the boat. Now we can during the hottest hours around noon do some projects in the boat without risk of floating away…
The lid to the pot locker is almost finished, just some varnishing left. The plywood around the centerboard drum has started to dry out and it looks like an area of a square feet needs to be replaced. The ruder is dismounted so now we have a free way to remove the prop shaft to replace the cutlass bearing. We hope to have the rain protection over the boat ready by coming weekend so we can start with dismounting all deck fittings and sky lights.
In spite of we are in the middle of the rainy season we have not had rain for two weeks but we can hear thunder and the humidity is over 75%. In situations like this with very little wind it looks like smog over the whole area and smoke from illegal wood fires from Sumatra makes it even worse.
13 – 19 August
5:rd week on the hard.
We have had some changes in the weather. No – the heat is still here but we have had some rain and thunder again.
Also finally started building the shed over the boat after finding the best and cheapest way to do it. We have this week made all the frames ready to lift up and cover with tarpaulin. Hope to be ready by mid next week to start removing all deck fittings, hatches and teak deck.
20 – 26 August
6:th week on the hard.
This has been a mixed week.
Worst that have happened is that Björn got shingles and next worst is that the cover over the boat is still not ready.
What is positive is that the shingles that cover one shoulder and up the thought has not reached the eye. It started already on Tuesday and peaked on Friday and Björns version of shingles does not include that much of what sometimes is called the “fire from hell”. A little fever and some headache is more than enough to make life not that pleasant.
According the shed we have today everything set to move the frames in position. We were ready already on Tuesday but had to wait for the adjustment of the stands that we had to do before the cover were in place. Ramada holiday made us wait longer than expected. Last week has on top of all negatives brought down a lot of rain – luckily we didn’t start to dismount deck fittings and hatches during the dry period…
While waiting we used the time to make a “visa run” by taking the ferry to Satun, the nearest Thai pass control, only one hour across the strait. It cost us about USD 50 for both of us and now we have another 90 days to spend in Malaysia.
27 August – 2 September
7:th week on the hard.
No the cover is not ready yet – but maybe tomorrow.
And Björns Shingles is getting better, almost only some bad headache is still bothering.
The weather has stabilized again with a lot of heat and sunshine.
It is not easy to work more than some hour per day.
3 – 9 September
8 weeks on the hard, starting on Thursday…
Six weeks after hauling out the shed was finally ready, almost four weeks later than planned. As an extra test we got a squall that lasted several hours with lots of rain, wind and thunder – the roof survived excellent.
We have now started demounting all gear on deck, hatches, tracks, pulpit and fittings of all kind.
We have to realize that the countdown of two months starts now as the cover is ready.
Further on we will see if it will be another month or so on the hard…
Björns shingles is getting better and better, only some evil outbreak of pain, stab and sting in the skin where the pocks still remains.
10 – 16 September
9 weeks on the hard.
Great progress this week. Both Björns shingles and the boat works.
In two days two Thai guys have managed to chisel off one third of the teak deck. We have also help from an Aussie guy, who is a wood boat carpenter, to uncover all spots where we have found trapped moister.
The damages seems quite easy to repair, but it will take some time. While the guys have been hammering we have dismounted deck ware and drilled out half of the thru hulls. All thru hulls is fixed with epoxy and some have not been completely tight. These are also quite easy to repair.
The weather during September has been really rainy and so it seems to be for another couple of weeks. Very nice with a roof over our heads.
7 – 24 September
10 weeks on the hard.
All 15…! thru hulls are out and we will replace them with 10, where of one in a new place.
The teak deck is removed up to 95% and now comes grinding of what is left, epoxy and fiber.
All moister spots are opened and ready to be restored.
And Björns shingles has weakened to almost gone. Now we only hope that is doesn’t recur.
25 September – 1 October
11 weeks on the hard
We have now started the preparations for paining – but still we have a lot of spots to fill and then glass with fiber and epoxy. On top of that a lot of putty and grinding.
Without the shed we would have had big problems as the rainy season has been very rainy.
The new deck material – cork – will be delivered from Holland in about 5 weeks.
2 – 7 October
12 weeks on the hard
Another week of diligent work.
We have also ordered some welding – one is to extend the beams for the anchor and another is to extend the length of the stanchions to match the height of the pull pit and push pit..
We are also close to order the new thru hulls and decided for Marelon composite.
All windows in the deckhouse are taken out and sanding, grinding, fairing and gluing are normal activities every day.
Still we have daily showers, some comes with quite strong wind, others just as drizzle.
We are very pleased with the decision to build a shed over the boat.
8 – 14 October
13 weeks on the hard
Another week full of work and herewith we hope that we have found all spots damaged by moister. 80% of the deck is grinded and the skin fittings are ordered from Forespar in USA.
After some consideration we have also ordered an AquaDrive flexible coupling to replace the temporary solution after that the original coupling broke some years ago.
We do enjoy to here the rain clatter on the roof and still be able to work.
15 – 21 October
14 weeks on the hard. What a week – almost half of the deck has now a new layer of fiberglass and epoxy. And almost all holes we have drilled in the bottom to find all moister from badly installed thru hulls are now filled, but not glassed over yet. Some new deck fittings are ordered.
Still a lot to do but we do good progress every week. The rainy season is almost over except from a squall now and then and the normal temperature is 33-34 Celsius.
22 – 28 October
15 weeks on the hard. Last Thursday was the warmest so far – 36,5 Celsius (almost 100 F). It is not easy to be productive under these conditions. But we have managed to fulfill some projects anyway.
We have also now on the last day of this week had some time off the project and have had dinner together with 8 happy Swedes who arrived to the Yacht Club today. Very nice.
29 October – 5 November
16 weeks on the hard. The rainy season should be ended by now but we have had rain and thunder every evening for the last week. And yesterday we had rain for many hours. Lucky we have a roof over the boat…
Preparations before paining the top sides and the superstructure has now started and yesterday we had five guys wet sanding around the boat. The scaffolding was set up during last week and almost all repaired spots are now faired and ready.
We have been busy fixing fiber glassing the deck and also managed to meet two Swedish boats one evening.
6 – 12 November
17 weeks on the hard. Another rainy week, and also very warm.
We have by now lost almost 10 percent of our body weight and that is a relief in this heat. We are not at all skinny so there must have been some extra kilos to spare…
The paint work of top sides and superstructure comes closer, but wow, so many details that have to be fixed and faired. All port lights and hatches in the superstructure are now dismounted. All to avoid masking stripes and bad adhesion around the edges.
In this week we have to leave for a short trip to Thailand to renew our visas.
13 – 19 November
18 weeks on the hard. We made our second “visa run” to Thailand last Tuesday and succeeded without being away for more than a couple of hours.
We took the early morning ferry and then a taxi to the shipyard nearby where a NZ boat is on the hard doing a lot of upgrading.
After an hour on the yard among a lot of big traditional wooden boats we took the taxi back to the ferry.
The work on Moon is advancing and we have started to reinstall the thru hulls.
20 – 26 November
19 weeks on the hard. Moon is now silver colored. Yes, finally the top sides are sprayed with the first layer of primer. But things are against us. As we are ready with all preparations for painting the so called dry season has started with giving us rain every day… So the paint jobs are postponed a couple of weeks.
On the other hand we have plenty to do which is not weather depending.
We can now start to take it a little slower as all the preparations before painting are ready and we hope to have time for some social contacts, the surroundings and our web site.
We are now happy if we are ready for launching by the end of January.
27 November – 3 December
20 weeks on the hard. Wow – already December… We are deadly tired of all work but last week we met new friends and that gives us some energy back.
The cork planks for the deck arrived last week and it looks really good, but we can’t start until the paint job has advanced a bit more.
The last big repair work has now started after weeks of trying the get the plywood to dry out. It is the centre board casing that needs to be almost fully rebuilt. The plywood will be replaced with fiber glass and epoxy which makes it even better and stronger than it was originally.
We are struggling on and hope that arms and backs will stay unharmed.
4 – 10 December
21 weeks on the hard. The superstructure is now painted with the first layer of primer so the whole boat is now silver/grey. Quite nice in fact…
But many layers are still to be sprayed and with some fairing in between.
The preparations for the paintjob have put all other projects on hold and now we continue with the thru hulls and to build up frames for all deck hatches.
The repair of the centre board casing continues and the plywood is now partly removed. It was quite water soaked and grey/black. We have not yet decided how high up in the casing we have to go to be sure of the strength of the construction.
11 – 17 December
22 weeks on the hard. All projects are running along but the dry weather seems to be on hold. We have rain almost every day again and in heavy rain the tarpaulin have started to leak. The deck is tight so it is not a problem and in light rain no drops comes thru.
In between boat works we have met several old sailing friends coming from south on their way to Thailand. One from our wintering in Lagos, Portugal, in 2005.
18 – 24 December
23 weeks still on the hard… Happy holidays to all of you, where ever you are.
We work all weekends and holidays. The wish to be ready draw more than celebrating of holidays we since long time don’t care about.
The last week has been very windy and we have now learnt that the dry period starting in November sometimes can be very short. This year only two weeks…
25 – 31 December
24 weeks on the hard… An odd year is about to end.
As we use to say about planning – you make plans to have something to change…
The last week broke the rainy trend but it started again yesterday. The tarpaulin is now so fragile so we have to tape it underneath in hope to keep it tight.
The projects are progressing and yesterday we put the shaft in place to mark the new bulkhead for the flexible coupling.
We also prepare for the deck cork and makes epoxy frames for all deck hatches.
Summary 2012 of travels with Lindisfarne:
Year 1998-2012 = 63 120nm
Annika & Björn