A summary of our tour from Kappeln, Germany, to Kristiansand, Norway. Unfortunately, we hit a rock in Denmark and had to pull Tioga out for repairs in Aarhus, Denmark.
As we were lucky to find a nice group of people in Aarhus, we only lost three days. The new mast made it in one piece and the bad weather is already forgotten…
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We are moving on!
The epoxy work is completed, the bottom paint dried and the inside checked.
We met wonderful people, enjoyed the well equipped and very clean marina, loved the free bikes and got a flavor of what Aarhus looks like. We would have liked to see more.
Wish us luck that we this time at least make it to Norway. We are hoping to make it to the south-west corner of Norway, somewhere close to Mandal (one of the formal ports of entry in that area).
Impressions in the Marselisborg marina:
The crew went to Tivoli today, the local amusement park, and came back quite energized. The highlight of their trip was the free drop from about 30m high. Watching some of their videos was quite impressive as they were truly falling down 30m unattached to anything. They were quite nervous getting up the tower and being dropped – however, the net at the bottom provide a soft landing.
In a way that sums up our experience this week overall as we seem to recover relatively softly after the initial deep fall…
The diagnosis for Tioga is that the impact with the rock not only indented the lead keel (which will be fixed with epoxy), but also temporarily deformed the hull enough to crack the old transducers in the bow (one will be patched from the outside, the other one removed and the whole filled with epoxy) and also created some stress around the bilge section (which we cleaned and refilled with epoxy as well).
All this work is manageable and is expected to be done by the middle of Sunday. With a little bit of luck, we can convince Peter to launch us on Sunday instead of waiting for Monday morning…
Apart from that the captain spent most of the day on business related activities and got more boatwork completed. With John’s help, the manual bilge pump was uninstalled and serviced and the injector setup on the diesel tightened. We’ll see if that stops the diesel leak.
After a meal on the boat, we went for a late walk to town, enjoying the lively and very nice city center of Aarhus (Denmark’s 2nd largest city with a population of about 320000).
If you look closely at the aerial below, you will find an very well maintained 12m boat, Vanity, tied to the dock
The 40 Kronas Philip found the next morning were a sign of more positive things to come:
- despite the very cold waster (12C) we managed to dive after Corinna’s glasses and actually found them
- the crane was indeed capable of lifting our relatively heavy boat (13t) and was available early Friday morning
- Peter who runs the crane also organized Kim, the local boat repair guy, who had a look at Tioga as soon as we came out of the water – so very good timing
- at first glance, you could tell that we hit the rock hard but that the damage was manageable
- rental bikes are free (all you need is a 20Kr deposit)
We settled down, took a deep breath and made the best of our stay.
The captain used the fast internet and got all his business-work backlog done.
The crew went on to leverage the free bikes, got the laundry done and enjoyed the very nice Marselisborg marina.
In memory of our arrival in France last year we had a nice dinner at the local creperia.
We had not found the silver lining yet, but our mood was much better than the day before.
We are sitting here in Aarhus, Denmark, wondering what all this means.
We woke at 3am to leave at 4am. The wind had calmed down and the sun rose to beautiful morning. After motoring initially, we had a fantastic sail navigating the Little Belt with perfect wind, lots of sunshine ( no rain at all) and a nice breakfast in the cockpit.
Maybe the broken bolt (1 of 4 holding the pedestal) was an omen. But we had seen plenty of these before. The intense smell of diesel after we killed the engine left us wondering, will there be more?
We removed the panel to find the diesel weeping from injector #1. While there, we noticed that the perfectly repaired sink was still leaking, dripping onto the motor.
The pinhole of sunlight shining through the sink basin made us realize that there was nothing wrong with the perfectly performed repair by the boatyard. We thought life was good after we filled the hole with epoxy and continued sailing under perfect conditions to windward of Middelfart 😉
This is where the big bang comes in that brought us back down to earth.
Big bang, as in hitting a rock so hard that we all almost fell over. We had diligently followed the paper and digital charts but somehow found another, maybe unchartered rock.
We quickly lifted the floorboards and things seemed fine. However, after closer inspection we found water seeping into the bilge. A new plan was needed.
Instantly, we decided to go to Aarhus, one of the larger cities with marine facilities to get the boat inspected.
Searching for a marina with a crane that could handle our boat, we got plenty of opportunity to practice maneuvering in tight quarters. We got into our slip just in time to see Germany lose in the semi-finals.
We are now sitting here in the cockpit with good friends and some wine, good kids etc and are wondering: What will the silver lining be?
PS: Did we mention that Corinna lost her 350$ glasses in the harbor…?