Technical and maintenance

This page shows all articles that have to do with technology, weather or boat repairs. As usual, the newest article appears at the top of the page.

Position and time at sea

Most people probably know that it is important to know where you are and what time it is where you are or where you are going for long-distance sailing. However, not everyone is thinking about the fact that there are several ways to indicate a position on earth or to indicate the time. Different maps can be based on different position systems and be produced with different so-called projections (how…

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Inflatable life jackets and MOB1

We have had our inflatable life jackets for 3 seasons now and even though they still show green on both functions, I want to repack them and check that everything is OK. We have never tried to jump into the water to see how MOB1 works when you fall in. It was lucky that we did, MOB1 came loose from the life jacket and sank to the bottom. Read about…

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Maintenance in paradise

Now it’s the beginning of April and there are about 3 weeks left before we need to be ready to sail across the Atlantic back to Europe. We have finally got the new sails. Before we can leave the Caribbean, we need to fix a few things to get the boat ready to cross the Atlantic. We also want to take the opportunity to make one last visit to our…

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Sail delamination

First, the mainsail begins to delaminate and about a week later we discover that the genoa also begins to delaminate. This blog is about the difficulty of getting new sails and why our relatively new EPEX sails are delaminated.

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Watermaker trouble on Frigate Island

It continued to blow from the northeast, which meant that the swell went into Saline Bay on Mayreau so it was time to change bays. We went up to Salt Whistle Bay and only stayed one night. There was swell there too and since we had not eaten lobster at Romeos’s on the Tobago Cays we still wanted to stay in the area in the area around it.

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Travel in covid-19 times

It’s November and it’s time to return to Sally in Grenada. Unfortunately, the pandemic with covid-19 has picked up speed again and the number of infections is rising almost all over the world. As the number of infected people rises, more and more travel restrictions are introduced in many countries and scheduled flights are canceled. It feels like the longer we wait, the harder it will be to travel to…

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New bimini with shaders

The original bimini for our boat has not worked so well. It was incorrectly sewn so that the fabric was not stretched up between the frames and water collects there when it rains. Water that leaks in through the middle seam and drips down on those in the cockpit. The bimini was also so high that it did not fit under the boom of the mainsail when sailing.

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Building a targa arch

Since I received questions about the targa arch that we built before the Atlantic sailing, it feels justified to write an article about it on the blog. Then those who are interested can take part in our design choices, the drawing and our experiences from the construction and the use.

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Using PredictWind

We have had a standard subscription with PredictWind since we started our long-distance sailing. You need such a subscription to be able to download GRIB files via IridiumGo. You also get a tracking page and are allowed to download route suggestions. In this article, I write about how we used PredictWind and what we learned from it.

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How we solved our internet access

Connection to the internet was one of the things we wanted to work smoothly while we sail around the world. So before we left Sweden, I thought a bit about how we would have access to the internet while we live on the boat and sail from country to country, crossing an ocean or while in a marina or at a remote bay. This post is about how our preparations…

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AIS fault VSWR

Last night while sailing down to Martinique, an alarm came from the AIS: ”External fault on AIS unit: Antenna VSWR fault”It’s night and I’m alone on my watch and only have the possibility to check that the antennas are still there and that the cables are connected. There has been no alarm about missing GPS position from AIS, so I guess it is the VHF antenna that is the problem.…

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