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Interested in self-sufficiency? Want to help build a community? Love the sea? Our collective, on an organic farm a few hours north of Oslo, is for anyone who wants to learn and work hard. We grow food, boats and ideas, so if you have a knowledge or interest in permaculture, farming, boat building, or sailing, come and help us create a home that is sustainable both on land AND out at sea!

 

 

We are building a sailboat (the first of many), with the hope that when she sets sail (hopefully 2013/2014) we will visit other eco-villages around the world, collecting knowledge and travelling in the most eco-friendly way possible. Anyone who helps will have the chance to join our crew, a tribe of floating sea-gypsies! We also need help on the farm, as we build up the infrastructure to form a stable base for our community. This project is relatively new; we began in 2009 so there is still a lot to be done. We live with two dogs, the farm cat and some (very) free-range chickens. We keep bees and make jam; this year we harvested our first crop of potatoes and planted next seasons raspberries. Eventually we hope to grow all our food. We want to create a place that will flourish as our boats start sailing, a place where crops, thoughts, adventures, and of course boats, can grow!


December 2013

Dear Sea Gypsies

December again! This one has has been quite warm. (today is only -10C)
We still have frostbites from the one last year so we are happy as a
fiddle up here. Makes life and boatworking much easier.

Its been a really good year on sailing the farm with lots of stuff
accomplished and its still some more work weeks to go before we can
sum up 2013.

Deck fittings, deckhouse and most of the stuff up there is
finished. We are proud to say that everything is home-made. Not a
single thing is from the the boat-store.. Main reason for this is:
its hard to get stuff in alloy who looks like wood..

We have probably put another 2000-3000 hours into the boatproject this
summer (with the help of all of those nice and skillfull volunteers)
and still some 2000-3000 hours to go until we see her finshed.

This christmas will be a traditional one on the farm with St. Claus
(Julenisse in norwegian) coming down from the northpole with the
sledge, raindeers and ofcouse packets. I usually dont fancy soft
packets, but im in dire need for a new welding overall so if the
julenisse reads this... :-)

ok. I know its a little early early, but we wish new and old friends
of sailing-the-farm a peaceful and quiet christmas and a prosperius
new year and hope to see you all up next year.

Love from Sailing the farm.
A sea gypsy tribe of tomorrow.

Pictures:

a: the boat start to look like a wooden boat now.
b: shaping up the bowsprit. 6 meter long
c: boat from stern. Sexy lines.
d: welding up the bunkbeds.

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February 2014

Dear Sea Gypsies


The winter has been kind to us this year. During Christmas and New
year there was hardly any snow up here, which is kind of unusual at 60
degrees north. January has been mostly down to -10C which is really
good when we work outside. In January we got plenty of snow so skiing
is as close to perfect as it is possible to get and we have plenty of
those old and wooden army skiis around.(we use to call them
NATO-planks) For first termers its perfect skiis. Slow and heavy.

The Boat work is going pretty good . We are working on insulating
inside and we are more or less finished with the aft cabin (named
princess cabin), since its getting really nice and spacious.

We are soon ready to start insulate and plate the main cabin in the
boat. Its a little more tricky due to the galley (kitchen for those
landlubbers out there). and also the navigation station. Then its more
casting. Basically more cowl-vents to get more fresh air into the
boat..

We usually run with lower staff during winter but this year we will
scale up in February and aim for getting the boat ready for sea-trial
this year. It will be a busy summer.

So if you think you have some useful skills (welding, mechanics,
sewing, interior wood working) or are really good at cracking jokes
you are more than welcome to join us.

This is hopefully the last year of boat building (Ok, I know we have
said that before but...) so hurry up if you want to be part of the
fun. (Ok, I admit sailing is also fun) But it gives a good feeling
knowing that you have been part of building something moving around
our planet with zero pollution...


Love from Sailing the farm.
A sea gypsy tribe of tomorrow.

Pictures:

a: Plating and insulating inside the boat
b: one of the crew made an icebar! How B) is that!
c: the chicken-sisters is busy hatching golf-balls! Not the most
clever sisters.
d: Aft-deck with rudder, and boxes. With wooden deck this will look
like a wood boat.

a:http://weldingweb.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=615091&stc=1&d=1391961044
b:http://weldingweb.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=615101&stc=1&d=1391961045
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April 2014

Greetings to all sea gypsies, past present and future!

The springchickens and bees are active and so are we!

Anotherbusy month for boat building. The gang has been shaping,
painting and fitting the interior panels with plenty of insulation
underneath. The bunk cabins are shaped and even one of the volunteers
has tested one with an overnight sleep - very comfy! English Tony has
been busy designing the wiring and circuitry, and Frenchy has helped
determine the electrical needs and the outputs we can expect from the
solar panels and windmill. Will we be able to boil the kettle often
enough at sea?

Lorna, the English girl has been attacking with gusto and positive
energy the mold-making for the cowl vents, and hopes to start smelting
and pouring some aluminium this week. Frenchy has calculated and drawn
up the sail plan, and has made a 1/10 model to verify his design.

Sarah the token yank is spoiled in the warm indoors sewing up
custom-sized boat mattresses, cushions and curtains. Are Czech girls
sweet? When they've been covered in honey for 2 days like Micha they
are: 60 jars of lovely honey and we're happy to have some at every
meal! Jams as well, lingonberry, strawberry and plum, and some great
banana cakes from Lorna as well.

The weekend was warm spring weather and all volunteers descended upon
the spa and pool at the cloest town for an outing. Happy at work and
at rest. There is still plenty to do in the coming months - have you
the skills to help? Woodworking, electrial and engine skills, sewing
and more. We hope to hear from you!


Love from Sailing the farm.
A sea gypsy tribe of tomorrow.

Pictures:

1. American sewing-lady busy making stuff for the boat.
2. Happy Frenchman and his sails
3. Potato planting.
4. Inventive cat-litter dance. (basically crush catlitter bentonite
to cast the cowl vent) This will be the dance of the summer.

a: http://weldingweb.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=712511&stc=1&d=1399400767
b: http://weldingweb.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=712521&stc=1&d=1399400769
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May 2014

Greetings to all sea gypsies, past present and future!

I hope you all had a beautiful May, with lots of sunshine and no
snow. Up on the farm, we are happy as fiddles. The weather is just
perfect. it was snowing a little in the beginning of May but then it
turned into summer and now we have those really nice warm days with
sun until midnight..

Farming News.

The farming is going good. we have started with queen breeding which
will give us a few more hives, then we have planted all kinds of
veggies in the garden and some in the small greenhouse. Now, there
will be lot of weeding until harvest time..

Boat-News:

We are working on blumbing and electricity inside the boat these days.
Next step is getting the engine in then the sails. We might have to
outsource the sailmaking due to lack of time. so if you know about
some good sail-loft we would love to hear about it.

BREAKING NEWS:

A little early but... we are really pushing hard to sail south this
year. hopefully around the same time those smart migrating birds are
flying south. (finger crossed) So if you want to join us as CREW please
contact us.

We will prioritize those of you who have been on the farm, but
everyone will get a chance to come sailing in the end No sail
experience required. We will teach you whatever skills you need. And
for those of you who have never been out on the seven seas.. Enclosed
is a picture of a pacific island waiting for you....

We still have space for one more more sea-gypsy up on the farm this
summer , so if you have skills you might think we need, dont hesitate
to contact us.

Love from Sailing the farm.
A sea gypsy tribe of tomorrow.

Pictures:

1. This small pacific is waiting for us all...
2. Sail plan. Anyone into sail-making or know about a good sail-loft?
3. Plating up the dog-house.
4. Small greenhouse ready for summer. This is for sugar-peas.
5. Happy welding lady fixing up some small stuff.

1. http://weldingweb.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=732971&stc=1&d=1401550758
2. http://weldingweb.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=732981&stc=1&d=1401550760
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5. http://weldingweb.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=733011&stc=1&d=1401550767

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June 2014

Greetings to all sea gypsies out there

Its been a busy month up at the farm. The potatoes are slowly coming
up. the bees are out flying and we even got ourselves some more queens
this year, but best of all, the weather has been really good. Days and
days of sun, which is more you can ask for so far north.

We are also working hard on the boat to finish up and go south this
year. The plating is finished, which was more or less a 2-3 months
work. Next one is installing all electric stuff and continue gettting
the engine in. Getting the rigging in also have high priority now.

As mentioned earlier our plan is to set sail for West Indies/Cuba at
the end of this year helping wwoofing/organic communities around the
world. So if you have skills in organic farming and love travel with
zero carbon footprint, please contact us.

We still have space up on the farm until the boat is finished so if
you have farming or boatbuilding skills you think might be useful
please contact us.

Love from
Sailing the Farm
A sea gypsy tribe of tomorrow.


Pics from last weeks of work.

Pictures:

a. Here is the sizes for the sails. If you have some spare sail laying
around we can modify to fit then we would love to hear from you.
b. Wall.. Sorry, bulkheads are coming up
c. Machining some drainage to the bathroom.
d. Crazy Aussie guy trying to get through the porthole.
e.. Painting up the forward storage area

a: http://weldingweb.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=748831&stc=1&d=1403381754
b: http://weldingweb.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=748841&stc=1&d=1403381765
c: http://weldingweb.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=748851&stc=1&d=1403381766
d: http://weldingweb.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=748861&stc=1&d=1403381767
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July 2014

Greetings to all our fans, helpers and sea gypsies out there.

July 2014 has been as busy as we expected. We have had people from all
over the world to come help us with running the boat project forward
and plant and weed on the fields to get us self-sufficient in
future. We are still some way to go but we are getting there.

On the boat side the biggest thing is that all the inner plating and
insulation are all finished up, the bathroom (wet-room) is plated and
all watertanks are welded into position. Next big thing is to get the
engine into the boat. We have to lift it up 3 meters and then 2 meters
sideways. Its a little messy but we are working on this right
now. Weight of the engine is around 500 kg so we need a hoist-system.

The volunteers took some days off to hitch-hike to the west coast, and
came happily back home with pictures of fiords, and camping outside in
the mountains close to the glaciers. The summer has been extremely
warm one so contrary to what i was thinking that they will almost
freeze to death they got back to the farm sun-burned with a happy
smile on their faces.

During next weeks we will be harvesting what we have been planting
this year and we will work on the engine and rigging, so if you have
any skills you might think be useful please feel free to contact us.

We also looking for crew for sailing across the atlantic, heading
towards Cuba when the boat is finished so if you find that fancy
please contact us.


Love from
Sailing the Farm
A sea gypsy tribe of tomorrow.

Pics from last weeks of work.

Pictures:

a. volunteers are hitch-hiking to the westcoast. hippie-factor running high maybe?
b. fixing up the aluminium canoe for weekend canoing in the lake.
c english lady working on the hatch and water tanks.
d. painting up the bulkheads. all in white.

a: http://weldingweb.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=801471&stc=1&d=1407650159
b: http://weldingweb.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=801481&stc=1&d=1407650162
c: http://weldingweb.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=801491&stc=1&d=1407650163
d: http://weldingweb.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=801501&stc=1&d=1407650165

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August/September 2014

Greetings to all our fans, helpers and sea gypsies out there.


The autumn is here and with that comes harvest on sailing the farm. We
got lots of raspberries this year which is partly stored in the
freezer and partly as jam. Then some hundred jars of raspberry-honey
from the bees and in the end we harvested the potatoes, so in sum: Yes
we are partly selfsufficient, but it might be a little boring eating
baked potatoes with raspberries and honey every day during the winter.
:-) But we are slowly getting there...

We are also getting closer with the boat project. All stuff made of
fabric is finished, electricity (both AC and DC) is installed. There
is still some more work to do on the engine before its ready to go
into the boat (basically split and rebuilt that iron beast)

Then there is some deck work left, and then the last step is tearing
down the temporary boatshed to get ship the boat down to the
sea. So still lots of work to do but its going forward.

We wish you all a happy autumn whereever you are.

Love from
Sailing the Farm
A sea gypsy tribe of tomorrow.

Pics from last weeks of work.

Pictures:

a. 2 volunteers hitchiking up north to look for trolls.
b: harvest honey from the bees.
c. grinder work in the galley
d mattress for the aft cabin
e. volunteers out testing the flimsy canoe.

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Newsletter March 2015. .

Dear Sea Gypsies,

First, apology for delayed newsletter. The winter has been a busy one
and it hasn't been that much time to keep up with the Newsletter, but
we must say we are superhappy to get so many postcards and hear from
all of you volunteers who have been here.....

To be Norway its been quite a mild winter, the good thing is that
heating has been running minside the boat whole winter so we have
hardly felt the cold outside - a good test to see if our heating
system inside the boat is ready to stand up for sailing in Antarctica.

The sun is starting to heat up the farm and us slowly, the last week
we really can feel the spring is coming. Our chicken is happy outside
during daytime and seems to enjoy the sun as much as we do.

Our metal working skills and diesel engine skills (mostly lack of) has
been put to a test. We are more or less been busy doing brainsurgery
on our 500 kg spare diesel engine to check how it looks inside and
learning how those are working. Those parts we think will stop working
will be brought onboard, (spare waterpumps, piston rings, gaskets etc)
It gives a good feeling to know how that machine is working and even
if we are a sailors, one day we will be happy to be pushed up the
Amazon river or other places with the help of that engine . The one
we will use seems to seems to be ok (we have been testing diesel
injectors, compressions etc on the farm) The good thing bringing such
test-equipment means we can help other volunteer-farms whith diesel
engine problems...

Rigging the boat is also on the list, since we make mostly everything
ourselves we will make our own woodblocks for the rig. Its a classical
gaff-rig with around 105 m2 sails which will be our main propulsion.
It will be quite interesting when we are doing the sea trail to see if
its well balanced.. hopefully our calculation is correct and it wont
sail upside down or backwards as someone is thinking....

If you want to join us sailing around the world or helping up on the
farm please dont hesitate to contact us. Here are some pictures from
last months pluss a nice ones from last summer/autumn which shows how
real Norway looks like. (that is the westcoast)

Lastly we wish you all a happy spring.

Love from sailing the farm
A seagypsy tribe of tomorrow.


Pictures.

a: The woofers hiking to troll-tunga summer 2014 (westcoast norway)
b: Our engine. (sabb 2j) There is a video of it running on youtube.


c: chickens on they way out to enjoy the spring sun.

And plenty more pictures for the last years can be found here.
https://instagram.com/sailingthefarm/

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been maching rigging parts. mostly blocks. had a small radicutter but get to close to the chuck so will make a bigger one with handlebar on top.

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Dear old and new volunteers,

There are lots of very exciting things happening at Sailing the Farm right
now.

We are happy to report that after many long and character-building years of
boat-building, we're well on our way to sailing later this year.

Here's an overview of what's been happening up here lately:

- Our aluminum Colin Archer sailboat is taking shape. She is starting to
look like a boat, and a good looking boat at that. She is as yet unnamed
and suggestions that we call her The Unsinkable have fallen on deaf ears
(to the disappointment of our Irish volunteer). Any and all naming
suggestions welcome!

- We have begun to machine sheaves for the boat. Our red sails arrive soon
so it's all go, go, go in the workshop these days.

- The heads is progressing quickly and soon it will be possible to take a
shower on board. Our Belgian volunteer has fashioned fancy toothbrush
holders for all future sea gypsies.

- Last week we cut open a section of the boat shed so that we can move the
engine on board. This will be a huge milestone for the project.

- In April, we had our first official government visit. We are happy to
report that she passed with flying colours.

- Our volunteers have started watching movies on deck every Thursday night.
Their 'Movies on Board' programme is limited to sailing movies (of course).
They've watched '180 degrees south' and 'All is Lost' so far. Both come
stamped with The Sailing the Farm seal of approval. If you've any sailing
movie recommendations, please send them on to us!

- Some of our current volunteers/gluttons for punishment are training for
the Lillehammer half-marathon in June. At the moment they are getting up at
6:30 to run in the woods before tucking into a breakfast of hearty porridge
and a day of boat-building. Some even manage to fit in a spot of meditation
before breakfast.

- The snow has thawed and we have started to turn the potato field. Our
bathroom has been transformed into a temporary nursery while we wait to
start planting. Our very versatile bathroom is also home to seven chirpy
baby chickens!

Our long-serving captain's To-Do-List is diminishing every week, but
there's a lot of hard work still to do. We'd love to welcome more
volunteers (old and new) this summer. A can-do attitude and lots of
enthusiasm are the only skills we require (though more specific skills are
very welcome also). So if you are free and can commit to a month, please
get in contact with us ASAP so that we can book you in to help.

There will be a launch party in Oslo later on this year when she takes to
the water. Watch this space!

Love,
Sailing the Farm.

p.s. Now that we're almost there with this boat, we're starting to think
about the next stage of the project (we plan to find a farm base away from
the Polar winds – somewhere sunnier and closer to the sea where we can
build more boats). We are on the lookout for funding ideas and inspiration
so if you have any suggestions or experience in this area, please let us
know - no ideas too small or crazy (building a boat with volunteers is
crazy already!).

Pictures

a: English girl making blocks for the boat.
b: movie night on the boat
c: irish girl silicone up inside the boat.
d: scaffold building
e: early morning mediation (hong-kong girl)
f: first crew is already onboard.

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May/June 2015

Ahoy Sea Gypsies!

It has been a busy May and start of June on the farm.

Biggest news first: The red sails have arrived! You'll see them in the
picture below. They look fantastic and it's a great help to see them all
laid out so that we can imagine ourselves on the high seas (instead of on
high grass as they are now).

We are also happy to report that we managed to get the engine on board! At
the moment we are in the process of getting it *into* the boat and all
hooked up.

More news:

– We had a bit of an unexpected delay late last month as we had to refit
the diesel tanks, but they are all good now and it's full steam (or should
we say 'sails'?) ahead for Oslo this September we hope.

– We also had a close shave with our welding machine. Our last one appeared
to give up the ghost, until an emergency transplant (from another dead
welding machine) got it up and running again. Our skipper's vision of
heaven is a world with nothing but brand new welding machines that never
break down.

– Life on the farm continues apace. Since we last wrote to you, the
Norwegian countryside has exploded into summer. The snow is finally gone
and everything is green and dappled with wildflowers. The bees are very
happy. Our baby chickens are babies no longer. They are big and bold and
getting braver by the day. Every morning they expand their wanderings a
little further and yesterday we spotted one looking curiously at the big
aluminum monster in the boat-shed. We'll make boat-builders of them yet.

– There is drama in the hen-house. Our two roosters, who have been at peace
for over a year, have just declared war on each other.

– The volunteers are keeping very busy in the sunshine. At the moment we
have an Irish woman, an English woman, a Belgian man, a Welshman and a
Swede in residence on the farm. A full crew at the moment - but we still
have some space for July and August so get in touch if you've a free month
and you'd like to help out.

– It doesn't get dark until at least midnight now, and even then it's just
for a few short hours. More light to build boats in :)

Thank you for your suggestions for sailing movies and boat names. We have
them all lined up on our summer schedule. In the meantime we've watched
Mutiny on the Bounty (the one with Anthony Hopkins and Mel Gibson) and
Troll Hunter (not a sailing movie, but a Norwegian one, so it's been
approved on that basis by the captain).

Happy almost mid-summer from Sailing the Farm!

Pictures:
a: happy gang of boatbuilders.
b: sails are ready.
c: welding lady
d: playing guitar in pyjamas.
e: the girls dragging the engine onboard.

a :http://weldingweb.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=1140001&stc=1&d=1434388520
b: http://weldingweb.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=1139991&stc=1&d=1434388512
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Newsletter late July 2015

Dear all

The bees are busy and so are we. We're hoping to move the boat to the
water this year so it's all go, go, go our boat-building farm these
days. The engine has made it to its final resting place!
Hallelujah. Hopefully we won't have to use it all that much, but its
installation marks a big step in the project.

The rudder is taking shape and looking fantastic thanks to our Welsh
volunteer, Our Hong Kong volunteer has returned for another
boat-building stint, this time with her Swedish boyfriend in tow – a
chef by profession so as well as contributing to the boat-building,
he's been keeping us well-fed with delicious lunches on the porch.

The farm itself has been neglected a little this summer in favour of
the great big aluminum monster in the boat-shed, but we have been
enjoying lots of nettle-based dishes (it helps to have a professional
chef around!).

The volunteers took a well-deserved break from boat-building last
month and went on a road-trip to Galdhopiggen, the highest peak in
Scandinavia. The sun shone for the entire trip (and pretty much hasn't
been seen since) and left some of the fairer-skinned crew completely
sunburned. Highlights included an ice cave, a moose sighting and
unbelievable sunsets across the huge Norwegian sky.

Now that the sea is in our sights, we've started hand-painting guest
flags on the evenings and weekends.

Our latest favourite sailing movie is the questionable masterpiece
that is Waterworld. It's given us lots of ideas for modifications for
our boat.

We've named the boat! Thank you all for your suggestions. After a lot
of thought we decided to go for Sailing the Farm. It sounds a little
bonkers to native English speakers, but that's kind of why we love it!
We've cut out the letters in aluminium and they are due to be welded
in very soon.

We are still on the hunt for volunteers - particularly those with
sailing experience - and especially those who've worked on gaff rigs
before.

Exciting times, and even more exciting times to come. Thank you all
for your support, it's been a long time coming, but the end is in
sight!

Pictures of the month.

- Making letters for the boat.
- chinese weekend visit. checking the boat project.
- Welding lady making more boxes for the deck. Need endless amount of storage.
- Guest flag production. This is the welsh one.
- Rudder is getting installed.

http://weldingweb.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=1175381&stc=1&d=1438503826
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http://weldingweb.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=1175421&stc=1&d=1438503858

Love from Sailing the Farm
- A seagypsy tribe of

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Sailing the Farm late september 2015

Hi everyone!

Another productive month and our boat hopefully soon to be in water.

Farm news:

The bee-seeason is finished for this year, each hive have got around
20 kg, so now they are ready to have their well-deserved winter
holiday for next 7 months. The potatoes is still in the soil, but we
will harvest them pretty soon.

Boat News.

Still some days delays with the shipment of the boat to Oslo.
The engine is ready to start soon. we just need a little work with the
dry exhaust. Else it looks really good.

All welding work outside the hull is finished. We will paint the
underwater part of the boat with expoxy primer this week. Then start
to tear down the boatshed. Soon our metal-lady will see the sun for
the first time.

We still look for potential crew for the first leg of sailing,
especially if you have good knowledge of gaff-rig adjustment and
sailing, we would love to hear from you. Also look for some last
minute volunters to help clean up the farm for the winter. Please
contact us if you have some spare time in october.

Pictures of the month:

a: Flagmaking lady working on even more guestflags. Still a little
work until we have them all.
b: engine is in and wired up. Just need some work on the exhaust part
before its ready to push us up Amazon river and beyond.
c: welding lady at work.
d: making wooden box for binocular.
e: welding up the locking mechanism of the main-hatch

http://weldingweb.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=1230631&stc=1&d=1443888308
http://weldingweb.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=1230641&stc=1&d=1443888317
http://weldingweb.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=1230651&stc=1&d=1443888325
http://weldingweb.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=1230661&stc=1&d=1443888334
http://weldingweb.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=1230671&stc=1&d=1443888343

Love from Sailing the farm

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featured in NRK Norge Rundt Friday 27 November.

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boomsprit in.

(added some woodshit, but we believe more in alloy)

 

departure date this autumn, next stop Bouvet island :-)

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Sailng the Farm er underveis. om noen vil være med til skottland og sydover langs kysten av Europa. ta kontakt med zeyang@laowai.no

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...have a stopover in Tobermory, Isle of Mull Scotland. I was there a few weeks back during the gale that pushed the semi-sub rig Transocean Winner onto Skye just north... And the the port were infested with sailors.

Fair winds!

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Newsletter Sailing the Farm september.

 

Dear All

 

Short update.

 

We plan to leave for Inverness in Scotland soon. After our journey to

Denmark and back the list of to-do stuff on the boat is getting

smaller by day.

 

Its still space on board along coast of Europe, across to South

America and onwards if you want to join us! Just send an email to

zeyang00@gmail.com to get our application form. Everyone including

your chickes, cats, kids and seadogs are welcome to join!

 

Things on todo last couple of weeks.

 

- The deck was way too slippery. We mixed in sandblasting sand and

sticky paint. It looks good sofar. hopefully it will stop us from

sliding off the boat.

 

- Our rope chewing rig has been tamed. She was eating ropes like

spaghetti. The journey to Inverness will tell if her meny still

contains tasty poly-ropes.

 

- Paddle for Monitor Windwave broke straight off. Can be found on 400

meters deep in Kattegat. New one has been ordered. will be replaced

in UK or further south.

 

- Electronic charts have been installed. it will be two separate

system: one with Navionics on tablets (with a spare tablet hiding in

the pressure cooker) + open CPN. Then we have a few thousand paper

charts if everything else fails.

 

- AIS transponder is onboard: You can follow "SAILING THE FARM" on

marinetraffic.com or similar places which receive AIS signals and post

them on internet. Far offshore we are using HAM-radio to transmit

position. (different link will be posted later when have been testing

this) (I think it will be this:

http://services.wlw.winlink.org/maps/positionreports.aspx…)

 

- For those shortwave radio heads out there: We are transmitting for

the first time!! We can now communicate far offshore. Plan is to have

a regular radio schedule with our friends and family back on land. You

can tune and listen or talk to us soon. We will keep you updated which

trasmitting frequency we are sending on. (system is Yaesu FT-897 with

FC-40 tuner, 6 meter fishing pole on the aft rail and

winlink/rms-express for receiving weatherfax/grib-files and

sending/receiving email). We are really grateful for help from the

local HAM-radio club in Kristiansand, Norway. This stuff is pretty

complictated - but fun.

 

Wish us fair winds and following seas.

 

love from Sailing the Farm

 

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Newsletter Sailing the Farm september.

 

Dear All

 

Short update.

 

We plan to leave for Inverness in Scotland soon. After our journey to

Denmark and back the list of to-do stuff on the boat is getting

smaller by day.

 

Its still space on board along coast of Europe, across to South

America and onwards if you want to join us! Just send an email to

zeyang00@gmail.com to get our application form. Everyone including

your chickes, cats, kids and seadogs are welcome to join!

 

Things on todo last couple of weeks.

 

- The deck was way too slippery. We mixed in sandblasting sand and

sticky paint. It looks good sofar. hopefully it will stop us from

sliding off the boat.

 

- Our rope chewing rig has been tamed. She was eating ropes like

spaghetti. The journey to Inverness will tell if her meny still

contains tasty poly-ropes.

 

- Paddle for Monitor Windwave broke straight off. Can be found on 400

meters deep in Kattegat. New one has been ordered. will be replaced

in UK or further south.

 

- Electronic charts have been installed. it will be two separate

system: one with Navionics on tablets (with a spare tablet hiding in

the pressure cooker) + open CPN. Then we have a few thousand paper

charts if everything else fails.

 

- AIS transponder is onboard: You can follow "SAILING THE FARM" on

marinetraffic.com or similar places which receive AIS signals and post

them on internet. Far offshore we are using HAM-radio to transmit

position. (different link will be posted later when have been testing

this) (I think it will be this:

http://services.wlw.winlink.org/maps/positionreports.aspx…)

 

- For those shortwave radio heads out there: We are transmitting for

the first time!! We can now communicate far offshore. Plan is to have

a regular radio schedule with our friends and family back on land. You

can tune and listen or talk to us soon. We will keep you updated which

trasmitting frequency we are sending on. (system is Yaesu FT-897 with

FC-40 tuner, 6 meter fishing pole on the aft rail and

winlink/rms-express for receiving weatherfax/grib-files and

sending/receiving email). We are really grateful for help from the

local HAM-radio club in Kristiansand, Norway. This stuff is pretty

complictated - but fun.

 

Wish us fair winds and following seas.

 

love from Sailing the Farm

 

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Merry christmas.

 

Soon ready to cross atlantic. Contact us if you want to join?

 

 

 

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