September boat camping

Lately we've been trying to use our boat as often as possible. It is such a pleasure to have it but the weather and work often interferes with boating plans. Our "very European looking" boat is anchored right next to our house, so when the opportunity arises, we can just jump in and go. That's exactly what we did last weekend.

Sunday's weather looked bad. The original plan had been to head out on Saturday, overnight somewhere, and return on Sunday. A quick change of plans was needed. The boat was afloat at 5 pm on Friday, right after work, and we decided to skip yoga, pack everything and head out while Vieno was still on the water - the tide was already dropping.

Our dog, Sola, joined us. She was instantly comfortable with the boat even though it was probably her first time on water.

That night we set up camp fire and enjoyed the northern lights. And discovered that in the rush, we had forgotten to take the water, the stove and an extra sleeping bag for Delia. She had one but she needs two to stay (toasty) warm.

Stove. Our arch enemy. This was not the first time it happened. And if it's not the stove we've forgotten, it's the fuel. We did have a few liters of water but with only salt water from the fiord available, we had to be careful with water consumption.

We cooked everything on the campfire and smelled like smoke for days after the trip.

The night was cool but comfortable. Sola wanted to shove herself into the tent and snuggle with us, but we had her stay in the vestibule like a good dog should.

In the morning we did a little hike and looked for berries. We also tried fishing but the char is already running up the rivers and cannot be caught in the fiord.

We returned to Pang next day in fine weather and dropped by the park before heading home. A great trip.



Tonight our boat is officially ready for the waves. Phew. What a relief!

Things we ended up doing: clean and paint inside and outside of the hull, do a few fiber glass repairs, fix plastic runner on the keel (storm threw the boat around last October), paint cabin, install motor (new), install steering and remote controls, fix bumper on the left, paint trim, replace broken screws, connect electrics etc. etc.

There's always more to do especially because we both tend to be perfectionists but nothing will prevent us from starting the boating season now - the rest can be finished even on the waves. We were aiming for this Sunday and even though we had a couple near showstoppers that totally deflated our bubblegum balloon of wishful thinking, somehow it got done. A big thanks goes to friends who helped.

This kind of a thing easily becomes almost an obsession that consumes your time and thought.

Stripping off the old paint and cleaning the hull from the inside was a nightmarish task. The floor was filthy with wet sand, gun shells and old rusty lures that had slipped under the flooring. We were slightly concerned with what would emerge from underneath, but the wood was okay. Now everything is dry and repainted.

Without further ado, let us present to you: Vieno.



Lately we have had absolutely no problems spending our free time. Nope, definitely no problems at all in that sector. That's what happens when you buy a $1500 boat and fix it up. Come home, eat, head out, start working. Sand, brush, screw, saw, paint, bang and caulk. And if it's raining, keep working under a tarp. When the night comes, call it quits, grab a bite and crawl to bed. Fall asleep planning the next steps, or don't fall asleep because you are still wired.

In a sadistic way, it is quite rewarding. Finally seeing some results feels good. The project is nearing its end and tonight we flipped the canoe for hull maintenance. It was a slightly stressful operation that beforehand made us nervous, or at least made me nervous. Will the cabin break under the pressure? How are we going to smoothly roll the boat?

Our neighbor, Joavie, assured us it was a small task. He said he had rolled several boats before. We were trying to recruit half the town to muscle it over but he said all we needed was a few people. Not to worry.

As you can see from the pictures, it went just fine.

Boat flipped, our house in the background:

Here you can kind of see the size:

Mobi inspected and approved:

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