If you look at the first pictures of this article, you might think that we had opened a flea market for high-quality yacht fittings.
But of course we do not!
Rather, we had dismantled all the fittings of the STORMVOGEL last year, and this year we took them home, cleaned and everything that is made of stainless steel, as the insane polishes.
(Please note: Translation done by GOOGLE TRANSLATE; original published in German today at www.wiedekamm.com)
OK, you are sitting comfortably in the garden, the sun is shining and you are polishing so … but with the quantity of fittings the fun then stops quickly and the feeling of work is spreading!
We have also overtaken all 8 (in words EIGHT!) LEWMAR winches. Also a real hard work but I could motivate my coworkers (formerly team) with the reference to the value of the winches: for all 8 together you get (new value) even a smart car!
The work of the shipyard had advanced so far about 3 weeks so far that we could start with the assembly of our fittings and so slowly but surely the STORMVOGEL gives the impression of being a sailboat again.
So, to be a really nice sailing boat again!
So, perhaps, this season, the most beautiful sailing boat on the Baltic?
Well, and you hardly believe it: For the next week, the crane schedule is now set – we really want to go back into the water, with our steamer. Surely still a few working days, in particular clean up, clean and material jam will still take some time, but we are clearly on the finish line.
We have also solved an old problem: The anchor chain has not been particularly good in the chain box so far and the team usually had to jam the chain with the hand.
The shipyard had by chance a 25 meter stainless steel chain rest and we lent ourselves for a large “anchor chain drop test”.
The entire test act in the video is documented here for posterity.
From this we have concluded that a 50 meter stainless steel chain (DIN 766 / stainless steel 1.4404) will be retrofitted for the coming seasons. The length is enough for our home. However again a lot of money for a medium comfort!
I picked up the sails yesterday from Kiel – surprisingly little repair effort after four years. In essence only the seams were sewn after – but then almost all of them! Is it not oblique that you can produce a robust canvas (with us: HYDRANET), but the sewing thread is burned again and again by the sun?
So then: everything on “GO” and we go anyway only in the water, if it is 10 degrees warmer and the sun is shining!
Therefore end of next week!