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Raymarine EV-200 autopilot installation

The old Raymarine ST4000+ autopilot is still working, even though we don't really trust in it for a longer passage any more. We decided to install a new below deck autopilot, but keep the old one as a backup system too. We considered going for a Garmin Reactor 40 autopilot with a Clas…

Early summer and midsummer sail

The early summer had a few weeks of pretty good weather and one of the hottest and driest midsummer of the recent years. It was above 30 degrees and almost 20 in the water! It was perfect. We sailed to Gällnö / Gränholmen for the Midsummer celebration and also to Grinda to enjoy the turqo…

Revarnishing the foldable cockpit table

The custom made foldable table in the cockpit started to look weary, so it was time to give it a fresh coat of varnish. It's been sanded to bare wood as the old varnish was UV damaged and flaking off.  Then it got 6 layers of Epifanes Clear Varnish, with fine sanding between the coats…

Why QuietDolphin?

When we bought a Wi-Fi router many years ago, it randomly generated a name and named it QuietDolphin. We liked the name and later registered it as a domain and it kind of just stuck with us ever since. When the idea of starting a sailing blog came up, we thought that this name actually fi…

Changing the seals on the head

The Jabsco toilet in the head was due to a seal change. I bought a replacement seal kit , which is not cheap, but still a quarter of the price of a new toilet. It contains all the seals in the unit and a new handle locking knob, which is useful as the old started to wear out. Pump removed…

Visiting Öland - 2021

I guess I'm behind on sailing logs, so it's a little throwback to last summer, when we sailed 380 nautical miles from Stockholm to Öland and back. Visited Huvudskär, Hävringe, Arkösund and Trässö on the way. Arriving to Huvudskär Winds were favourable, between 8 and 22 knots, most…