A real sailor story - moving SV LIMA from France to Croatia (Public)

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LIMA arrived its new home

SV LIMA finally made it. After 1500 nautical miles and 29 days starting from mainland France via Corse, Elba, mainland Italy to Croatia.

 

The story of SV LIMA transfer from France to Croatia is now starting. We are telling the story step by step. And this is a honest story where NOT everything is fun, sun and pure sailing. It is more the real life on a boat…So get ready…

It all starts in Port Napoleon close to Port-Saint-Louis-du-Rhône. SV LIMA has been brought to water in June this year. Everything had been prepared as good as possible, the boat has been „test sailed“ and all looked ready for the trip.

So Tatiana and I decided to go with the entire family and a well experienced additional skipper to bringing SV LIMA to their new home - the ACI marina in Umag #Crotia #Istria

A lot of work has been done upfront to make the boat ready. All systems have been checked:

  • Gas (plus installation of a gimballed oven)
  • Fuel (hoses and pipes have been checked)
  • Engines (Volvo Penta itself and the two generators from FischerPanda)
  • Electricity
  • Navigation
  • Refrigerators and Freezer
  • Steering and autopilot
  • Full mast maintenance (incl. new #Selden 404S furler, new rigg, new dyneemas and ropes where necessary)
  • New keel seam
  • Valves
  • Toilets (we have on manual and one vacuum toilet)
  • Complete new underwater protection (removed all old antifouling, primed keel and underwater body, applying #coppercoat
  • Removed the entire old teak deck and replaced by a #Kiwigrip layer
  • Making the boat ready for being able to use it as #mobileoffice and #location for companies that want to have a #teambuilding
  • And many more small things that comes along with boat repairing and maintenance

So you see, some work has been done during the last 6 months. The work all has been done in a hanger on mainland France. And it was time to put the boat back to water. In June my wife Tatiana and I went to France and managed bringing the boat to water again.

 

The final preparation

SV LIMA has been in a hangar for half a year. This made it easier to remove the teak deck, reseal the surface, work properly on the underwater body etc. Port Napoleon is known for pretty heavy winds coming from the Mistral. The area around Port St. Louis du Rhone is located at the place where river Rhone enters the Mediterranean Sea. Along the valley of river Rhone the Mistral is getting it strength through entire France. And it releases more or less directly where Port Napoleon is sitting. So pretty heavy winds are pretty normal there. But that is not very comfortable for doing extensive boat work in the open air. So we put the boat in a hangar which turned out to be a very good decision.

 

The last action we did some weeks ago was applying coppercoat to the underwater body. This is now fully dried. But before it can go to the water it needed to be become activated. This can be done by sanding the underwater body with sanding paper (type 400 or 600). This took me another 2-3 hours. The video shows around 15 minutes of length how we exactly did the activation. 

 

After that we needed to prepare the deck for the assembly of the mast when we are in the water. This is always easier masting while the boat is in the water than on land since you can work on ground (or better sea) level. The picture shows the fittings for the new rigg.

Also the mast maintenance is finalised. All new ropes, cables, the new furler and so forth have been mounted and installed.

After all this being done the marine craftsmen get LIMA from the hangar to the water. The video shows how this is being done.

 

 ...to be continued...

 

 

Note: You can find "A real sailor story - moving SV LIMA from France to Croatia (Premium)" in SV LIMA premium area. Provide us with a beer and you get access for a full year. Get more info. (If you are already premium user you can reach premium area via top level menu "SV LIMA - Premium". This is only visible if you are premium user)

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