The maiden voyage!

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It finally happened, the Seadog made here first real maiden voyage!
And the weather gods were certainly working in our favour on this most auspicious day. The moment we left the harbour the sun started shining and kept it up the rest of the day, even though the weather forecasts were pretty bad.

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The engine was still running a little hot, but after lying at anchor for an hour and flushing the engine cooling chambers one last time with some more cleaner all seemed OK.
We then changed our course to the nearest island and the engine seemed to perform superb.
Even when running the engine at very low RPM, Seadog slices trough the water like a knife through butter, with considerable speed.
Don’t believe me? Check out the video clip below.

The next projects will include installing solar panels, battery banks, an inverter and building a custom fridge, so longer voyages are possible without losing all those luxuries.

Kayak trip to Elburg (NL)

Every year in the weekend of Pentecost (White Sunday) our family has the tradition to go camping near Elburg (NL). After being incredibly busy with preparing the Seadog so that the tarp could be removed, plus moving all my belongings aboard (most of which where still stored at my parents house and in their shed) now I finally had some time to relax.

One of the items that is now aboard the Seadog is the kayak. I had purchased this kayak about two years ago, but had only used it ones, or twice and after that is was stored behind the shed. This thing was to big to store aboard back then, because much of the restoration work still needed to be done. But now that most of the outer work is finished the kayak can be stored on top of the cabin.
This makes it very easy to just grab the kayak and go peddling whenever I feel like it. And that is exactly what I did a few days before the Pentecost weekend. It was such a nice feeling to be on the water again and peddling in a kayak, that I decided I could just go peddling to Elburg for the upcoming Pentecost weekend. So I made some preparations and scheduled the time to do it. I calculated it would take about 3 days peddling to get there, and 3 days to return, plus the 1-2 days to stay and recover from the journey.

After scheduling some free days from work and preparing the gear I was ready to start the journey on the 11e of May. It was extremely good weather for the first 3 days and I only had to wear swimming trousers, although it was kind of tough to pedal against the wind. And for some reason I had headwind almost every day.
The journey back I did had some rain showers and very low temperatures (especially at night), but even with the bad weather it was still a lot of fun. It really felt like being one with the elements and nature and I will definitely be doing this more often. And when I leave the Netherlands to sail around the world, this kayak is definitely going along.

The Seadog Life now has a Facebook page

Seadog under sail back in 1974

Seadog under sail back in 1974

To broaden the exposure of the Seadog Life to the world, the website now also has a Facebook page. If you are reading this and are willing to help the Seadog out a little, please like the Facebook page and share it with all your friends and family. When you like the Facebook page, new blog posts will show up in your Facebook timeline so you will know when there is a new story. Also please click the “like” button in your timeline if you like a post, because this will greatly help The Seadog Life become more popular.

You can find the Seadog Life Facebook page here:
https://www.facebook.com/theseadoglife

The “like” button can be found in the black and white cover image.
Many, many thank!

Nice work!

Nice work!

The Seadog is back – theseadog.life

A bight new horizon

A bight new horizon

Today is the start of a new paradigm for the Seadog blog. It has been a while since the last post. Also the frequency of new posts has been rather irregular, but this is all about to change. I have been hard at work to create a better looking layout, design and a better concept for this website. Also the domain name has been changed from http://aboutseadog.com to http://theseadog.life to reflect this change.

The new concept for the website directly ties in with the new domain name. The Sea Dog (.) Life will still be a place where I will write about the restoration of the Seadog, but it will also focus on living aboard a sailboat in general. This new concept will (hopefully) provide helpful tips and tricks about living on and restoring an old sailboat. Some new pages and menu items were added to reflect the new concept. More information about that can be found in the “About this Blog” pages. The “About the Seadog” page has also been added. On this page one can find the historical and technical data of the Seadog and the Formosa 37 design.

From now on there will be a strict schedule in the frequency of post. Meaning there will be a new post ones a week on Sundays. Since it’s been a couple of months since the last post, I will first be adding posts with information of the restoration work that has taken place since then. The dates of those posts will be set to the days on which that restoration work took place (and the photo’s where taken), which will be weeks / months ago. This means those post will added below this post.

For a quick sneak peek of the restoration work till now, check out the photo’s below. Of course a lot is missing in this quick overview. To check all the restoration work be sure to check out the new “Restoration” section of the blog.

I hope everyone likes the new design and will find this new concept entertaining as well as useful. If so, please be sure to share it with friend and family who might like it as well. Happy reading….

Seadog back in 2011

Seadog back in 2011

Breaking apart the cabin

Breaking apart the cabin

Cabin from inside without wall

Cabin from inside without wall

Cabin wall fully removed

Cabin wall fully removed

Rebuilding the cabin

Rebuilding the cabin

Rebuilding the cabin roof

Rebuilding the cabin roof

New cabin finished

New cabin finished

New cabin painted

New cabin painted

Removing teak deck

Removing teak deck

New cabin fully painted

New cabin fully painted

Finished painting the deck

Finished painting the deck

Teak hand rail restored

Teak hand rail restored

New potholes permanently placed in new cabin

New portholes permanently placed in new cabin

Vacation time aboard a “Wadder”

Back in early September I had a small vacation while helping my parents sail their new boat to their new home. This type of boat is called a “Wadder” and it’s a pretty cool boat when you want a lot of space in a relatively small package with the ability to sail in very shallow waters. It’s specifically made to sail The Wadden Sea. Here are some of the photo’s that were taken back then.

For more information about these types of boats check out this website (in dutch):
http://www.wadder.nl

Sailing trip to England… Uhhh Belgium…

Way back in April/May I was lucky enough to once again join the crew aboard the Phoosticks. This week I finally had the time to gather and select the photo’s that were taken in that trip. So be sure to check them out below.
Like every year the destination was England but alas, the weather was not in our favour so we didn’t cross the English Channel. That certainly did not mean we didn’t have a great time tough. We altered our route to sail along the Belgium cost. Which turned out to be a very good idea, because that meant we had perfect sailing conditions (most of the time).
All in all, we had a lot of sun and great winds. Once again a very nice experience, check out the photo’s to see what I mean.

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A new tarp for the Seadog

The Seadog got a new tarp for the upcoming winter season. It’s not exactly pretty, but it’s better then all the loose white tarp’s that were put together to make a semi weatherproof tent. Now there is a base layer of full waterproof tarp and on top of that a heavy (brown) tarp to make the entire tent more heavy, weather and wind resisted. This contraption did in fact survive several storms already. One of these storms actually peaked at 10 Beaufort and the tarp was perfectly intact. The whole boat (and the wooden frame) where shaking and making disturbing noises, but in the end all was well.

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Sailing to the White Cliffs of Dover

Every year around April friends of my parents go sailing from Holland to England. This year the destination was (among others) Dover and I was invited to join them. Of course I was more than happy to go with them, to gain some experience sailing the North Sea and crossing the notoriously busy English Channel. As one can see in the pictures below we had a mighty great time!

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