Ode to aluminium as a boat building material

When we bought Li she had been badly neglected and had been on hard eight years. You can see in the pictures below the terrible mess inside of the hull when I first time took of the floor boards in 2011! After cleaning the hull looked fine. Only the areas where coins, pieces of electric wire, rust from old tools and other harmful trashes had been sitting for decades showed some surface corrosion. So the coin corroding trough aluminium hull is a myth.

Getting Li ready for the water

Spring and early summer have been full of work. We had lots of dive inspections of waterway bridges and after that I have been editing videos, images and scanner material for reports. The office work, which I don’t really enjoy. And in the middle of all that working also with the design project.

High hopes of sailing in August! Yesterday I painted the antifouling. The neighbor had a party and they played loud the Janis Joplin’s hit song released in 1968. Maybe the song has been listened also in first sailing season of the Li!

Aluminium yacht Li

Green voyage around the blue planet without fossil fuels

Conrad Colman’s epic voyage in Vendée Globe 2016-2017 has been my highest interest when following this edition of the legendary solo race.

The gutsy skipper set a goal to his nonstop around the world race that is in my category greater than ranking in results – to be the first sailor to complete the race without using the fossil fuels.

The heart of energy system onboard his open 60 Foresight Natural Energy is the electric motor which serves as a hydro generator. The system is provided by Oceanvolt from Finland.

Conrad has had a tough voyage but even losing his mast 793 nm before the finish line he is still going strong. The demonstration of a seamanship was shown when he successfully jury rigged his boat after hundred days of solo racing.

Edit 19.6.: Conrad reached Sables d’Olonne on 24.2.2017!

Collecting plastic trash out of the shores

We tend to collect plastic trash out of shorelines of nearby Baltic Sea islands during the day trips. The most common items are small pieces of plastic which are parts of objects that are perished by the effect of UV-rays and have finally been broken into little pieces.

Among recently thrown away intact objects there can be found plenty of plastic bottles, earplugs and empty shotgun shells.

collecting-plastic-trash-shores

Optimistic madness

I’m a lucky fellow, even in the middle of hard times – every time I wake up I have the direction, goal and cause. It can be found in this website.

But what I mean about optimistic madness? As an entrepreneur I associate the optimistic madness strongly to attitude of work and desire to start new projects. And that is something our society needs in economically hard times. Only optimistic madness can produce ideas where the true ambition is involved. And only that ambition can be the fuel of mind that will carry you through tough times. Without that strength many great projects would have never been started or at least they wouldn’t have fought ahead.

To activate your optimistic madness you can start from a very tiny move. If you change the course in one degree, within a short distance you won’t notice anything, but when a year has passed the situation is rather different. The main point is to begin now and not to underestimate the effect of little things.

Do you know where are you going to? If you don’t, you might have missed one of the most meaningful things in life. The saddest thing is that some people know where they want to go, but still they are moving to the opposite direction. It’s always softer to swim within the stream than struggle against it.

With a strong ambition the failures can also be accepted and they can be learned to see as a part of the progress. And the path towards the goal have to be seen valuable. For me that’s a privilege to even get a possibility to start the Li Yachts design project, which was only a tiny crumb of optimistic madness a year ago. I was only drawing sketches on my notebook of the boat to fulfill my desired way of living.

Drawing sketch after sketch