“So, what are your plans for the holidays this year?”
“We are renovating the boat and hanging out in the harbor.”
“All summer!? Aren´t you going anywhere?!
This summer, we are going all in on renovating the boat. Jens has already focused on getting the boat in shape for the adventure, working more or less full time for half a year. For us, this is not strange. We knew already from the start that we would have to leave from Sweden later than what is common for sailors aiming to cross the Atlantic.
Why? You have to get your boat in shape to sail over the big oceans in a safe way – but besides that it is also important to adjust the inside of the boat to fit your needs of a comfortable living and make it your own style. We have not done like most of our friends at this age – buying a house – but similar to most people we are investing time and money into our new home. If we would have bought a new house instead, no one would have questioned that we were planning to spend our entire vacation, weekends and free time renovating it for functional/safety reasons, and on top of that, updating the interior of the house. Painting the walls in new colors, replacing both toilet and kitchen etc., not because some malfunction but because we would like it to feel fresh and match our style. In that sense, we are like everyone else! 🙂
Building a tent to be able to renovate the boat through winter, new pillows/mattress and custom made bowsprit with space to store the anchor were some of the spring projects this year
So let me explain some of the reasons why this is taking up all of our time.
- Boat pricing. When buying a boat, you can either buy an expensive one that doesn´t need much work and is fully equipped. The downside for creative and picky people like us is that there is no existing boat that fit our needs, preferences and budget all at once. But, buying a cheap boat means that you have a lot of work to do, choices to make and equipment to buy in order to get it in shape.
- Doing the work ourselves. Getting help renovating a boat is not cheap. Deciding on what to do, how to do it and how it fits together with everything else takes so much time that it´s not so easy relying on someone else. In boats in general, and older boats in particular, everything you do is custom made. There is also a great value in doing all the work on your own because there is no better way to get to know your boat. If something breaks down, and it will, we will have a good understanding of how to fix it.
- Our long-term home. Of course, we want to make it our comfortable and cozy home. We don’t know how long the journey will last, but either way we´re not planning to live anywhere else than on Mouni.
- Safety and performance. Since it is not only “our house”, but is supposed to take us across the Atlantic and beyond, we have to make sure that she is safe and will take us to the places we want at reasonable speed.
- Dreams /environment. To fulfill our dreams, we also want to make this life transition sustainable. Switching to electric engine takes a lot of work, and the wide range of technologies we (Jens) have been looking into in order to make it both environmental friendly and efficient takes a lot of time and effort to get in place.
Surely boat renovation is not a topic for everyone, but for the ones who are interested, you will be able to follow the history, progress and completion of the many projects that will make Mouni great again.