Southern Baltic Sea '12

Upgraded Sailing Blog Suwena.net

  • Posted on: 25 March 2012
  • By: Eve

Almost two years have passed since our last blog upgrade. Then we started to write our blog entries both in Finnish and English. There are already 16 sailing videos about our adventures at Baltic Sea on Suwena’s video channel.

Inspired by the upcoming season Andrus created a new design for the blog. The updated appearance is now ready to be launched.

Andrus added an image slideshow where five random pictures from our voyages are presented. By clicking on a gallery image the related story can be opened. At the same time there is a random video from Youtube on the right side of the slideshow.

More than 1400 readers visit Suwena's sailing blog every month and they view around 15000 pages. We hope that the new design cheers up our readers. Soon we will start posting new stories about this season. We plan to sail into completely new sailing area, so stay tuned!

Yacht Suwena's Year 2012 Cruising Plan

  • Posted on: 4 April 2012
  • By: Eve

Web cameras, Google Earth and Navionics sea chart in iPad have now been in heavy use as we are following how the ice is melting at Baltic Sea. We are eagerly looking forward towards the spring and preparing Suwena for the adventures of the season. The countdown has already started by marking some items as complete on our ever growing list of things to do before the departure. Of course the last week will be anyhow very hectic despite of how we prepare beforehand.

We will sail next summer to Southern Baltic Sea. We will visit water areas of four different countries: Sweden, Denmark, Poland and Germany. Our target is to cast off the lines on 24th of May in Turku. If everything goes as we have planned then in May 2012 will start Suwena's multi year voyage away from home.

Until now our summer cruises have been more or less round trips. Next summer brings a new challenge because at the end of the season we will leave Suwena into foreign country for a winter storage. We have also tried to prepare the yacht for leaving home waters and for challenges this might bring up.

During the first week we are going to sail to village of Mem in Sweden where the Göta canal begins. During the first half of the June we will travel through the Göta canal and its 58 locks. On our sailing in Saimaa during summer of 2010 we got familiar with the locks. Göta differs however from Saimaa because there are no floating bollards and no fixed lines on the walls of the locks like in lake Saimaa and Saimaa canal. Some call Göta canal as a divorce ditch due to many couples struggling with the lines in the locks. For us it is even more challenging because of Eve's blindness. To facilitate our canal trip we have purchased a bottle of champagne to be stored in the bilge of Suwena. It shall be enjoyed only in Sjötorp after successful passage of Göta canal.

We will sail across Sweden: through Göta canal, lakes Vättern and Vänern and finally through Trollhätte canal to Gothenburg. The midsummer will be celebrated in the archipelago of Gothenburg from where we continue across the Kattegat to Denmark. In Denmark the first stop would be the popular island of Anholt.

We have selected a few reference points into our cruising plan. We would really like to visit in Denmark at least in Copenhagen and the islands of Bornholm and Christiansö. From Denmark the route continues towards Poland and from there to island of Rügen and other destinations in Germany.

Currently we're still looking for the winter storage place for Suwena. We have got quotations from both German and Danish companies. The final passage routing depends on geographical location of Suwena's winter storage place for next winter.

Upcoming season will bring us again new experiences and we will get new seamanship skills. The locks in Göta canal will be an exiting experience. In addition we will have more open sea sailings compared to the last year. The winds of Kattegat and Danish straits together with long legs on Polish and German coast will for sure enhance our sailing skills. Hopefully this summer we will have more downwind sailings so we could use more our gennaker. Last year we had a possibility to use it only once.

As we go more south the amount of yachts will for sure increase. When harbours will be full the boats will be rafting up. Being in the middle of the raft with Suwena will be a new experience that we will encounter for sure.

After the Easter it is time to go checking Suwena and prepare her for the upcoming summer. During the winter Suwena has received several upgrades like for example a folding propeller. We will write later a separate blog story about latest changes of Suwena.

For the upcoming season we are expecting a lot of pleasant sailing and interesting cruising destinations. We hope to write into these pages fun stories about our voyage that we would like to share with you.

Suwena's 2012 upgrades

  • Posted on: 18 April 2012
  • By: Andrus

We have anxiously been waiting for the start of the sailing season. It was very refreshing to visit boatyard and check out Suwena. Immediately it felt like the summer is a step closer.

We had an agreement with the boatyard about keeping Suwena for the first winter in theirs boat storage. This arrangement also supports any needs for warranty repairs.
Already last summer we were thinking that we might want to make some upgrades into Suwena.

Warranty repairs were mainly small issues. Like for example during the damp autumn weather some doors of cabinet swelled so much that it was impossible to close fully the doors. All doors onboard in Suwena are made of solid wood and of course the wood is living a little according to the humidity. All doors were now readjusted and there should have enough space to swell up in peace ;-) Also some tuning has made to the equipment installations but none of problems would have prevented the sailing with the yacht.

The installed equipment have withheld the first year rather well. Only the anchor chain counter was completely broken. The display made by MZ electronics looked already initially lightly constructed. Now it works but I have a suspicion that this device will be repaired still for many times.

The most surprising problem was with the starboard side genoa winch. Every now and then on the Harken 60-series electric winch, the electric motor locking mechanism stays connected and it was impossible to insert the winch handle. The problem was repaired already once last summer. There are no problems with the port side winch. The winch is now opened up, greased and should be ok. We are however still worried about this problem. If we experience the electric blackout on sea and at the same time the winch failure reappears we will have no possibility to use the winch at all!

Another equipment problem was with the Raymarine SPX-30 autopilot control unit. The electric compass sensor has connected to this unit. During the summer about every 2 to 3 weeks all possible displays beeped and notified that the heading is lost. The fix was to quickly open up the unit, quick spray of CRC and tightening the sensor wire screws. Again we sailed for a few weeks. Autopilot control unit has now been serviced and we really hope that the fault is fixed.

We experienced this fault first time on Mysingen sea area, south from Stockholm. Our yacht also has a backup autopilot and we quickly engaged it. At the same moment we understood that we had a major flaw in design. The backup autopilot worked for sure but all displays and the plotter went dead. Now this should be fixed as well. It was a good test in a real situation and in sheltered waters. With bad weather on open sea we could have had an accident.

Already in the beginning we were thinking about a folding propeller. We left it out because we had only a bit sailing experience. At the end of the shaft there is a three bladed Flex-o-fold folding propeller now. We got an estimation from Nauticat that our sailing speed in light winds should now increase by half a knot.
Suwena's original four-bladed fixed propeller
Suwena's three-bladed Flex-o-fold foldable propeller
Suwena's three-bladed Flex-o-fold foldable propeller in folded position
We also know that Suwena will be a heavy user on electricity with all connected devices. We thought about solar panels but we wanted to make sure about required power level. While sailing we use between 8 to 12 amps of 24 volt electric current. We usually have power on the following navigational equipment: chartplotters and multifuntion displays in both helmstations, VHF and autopilot. In addition current is used by refrigerators and lights during the night time. We selected two Kyocera 135W solar panels. In full power they should generate more than 10 amps on 24 volts. If we get half of this we have achieved the target. We also have electric hob and oven and thus need to run the generator anyhow for cooking if shorepower is not available. The electric system should now be quite balanced. However only during the actual use in summer we will see the final outcome.
Installation of Suwen's new solar panels
We added Mastervolt MICC battery monitor into the electric panel for better battery management.
Suwena's electric panel
On deck we noticed that with two of us the handling of 20 kg kedge anchor was difficult. Suwena's aft will receive now 20 kg Rocna anchor with 60 metres of anchor line and Anchormatic winch. This and some other upgrades are still unfinished. I'll tell more when the boat is being launched.

Finally in water

  • Posted on: 20 May 2012
  • By: Eve

This moment we've been waiting for the whole winter finally arrived on Tuesday 15TH of May. We arrived to the railway station of Turku fully loaded with various bags and the countdown showed that we still had 3 hours and 10 minutes until Suwena would be lowered to the water of river Aurajoki.
Suwena arrives in Turku
Suwena is lifted into river Aurajoki
Five days passed in a blink while preparing Suwena for the summer cruise. On Tuesday and Wednesday masts were raised and rigging tuned. The rest of the week we unpacked countless boxes, organized cupboards, cleaned the yacht inside out, counted spare parts and tested on board equipment.
Patrik Gustafsson fixing Suwena's main mast lifting rope
Lifting of Suwena's main mast in Turku
This summer season is different because Suwena will first time make a one-way cruise. We have now equipped our summer home so that it really is our second home and we can travel with only two suitcases allowed on airplane back to Oulu.

From that you can guess that just the box list is long and detailed. Some of them we carried to the boat already during our boatyard visit in April. The rest were send as freight to Turku. And of course there were countless bags and rucksacks with us on train. It is fun to buy all kinds of things but finding a proper storage onboard Suwena for everything is not so exciting. On Friday evening it felt really good to sit down in clean and organized summer home to enjoy some white wine we have deserved for sure.

At the same time we have organized the boat we have been testing all onboard devices. In autumn when we lifted her for the winter storage everything was operating properly. However it is always possible that for example during the lifting or transportation some leads will get disconnected. We like to test everything before we leave so we do not get any nasty surprises during our trip.

So far the only bigger problem has been with the generator. When we tried to start the generator its display stayed dark. Andrus got the multimeter and the battery voltage was only 6 volts while it should be over 12. No wonder there was no action in the generator.

Suwena was connected to shorepower during the winter storage in boatyard and both the service batteries and engine start batteries were full. We will still need to find out if the generator starting battery should be charged from shorepower or not. Anyhow Andrus went to a local hardware store and bought a separate battery charger. We think the generator will start after the battery is fully charged.
Charging the generator start battery
While we were setting up Suwena, next to her was the delivery of brand new Nauticat 37. Happy boat owners Hasse and Inga-Lis familiarized themselves with a new yacht by the same way we did last year. The new boat was named Easycat and her home port is Vaxholm located near Stockholm. We spent together few nice evenings exchanging boating experiences. In addition we got some nice clues about secret anchorages in Stockholm Archipelago. I'm sure we have time to visit some of them on our way to the Göta canal.
Suwena and Easycat in Hirvensalo boatyard in Turku
Hasse is also the chairman of Sweden's Nauticat club. The Swedish club has several activities during the summer. We wish good winds to you Hasse and Inga-Lis on your maiden voyage with Easycat towards Åland and Sweden.

We hope on Sunday we will go sailing. We are eager to finally enjoy Suwena at her best. We still have some points to check but we can already see our departure day is getting closer.

The World Tour of Yacht Suwena Begins 20.5. - 23.5.

  • Posted on: 25 May 2012
  • By: Eve

On Sunday evening we had Suwena's first sail of this season. We spent few hours sailing on Airisto and testing Suwena's rig together with a new propeller. Everything worked flawlessly. Most of all the foldable Flex-o-fold propeller is a great upgrade. The wind was four metres per second. We tried different points of sail and the result was a smooth sailing in all the directions.

On Monday I lifted Andrus first time aloft because we had a bad reception of some radio and TV channels and some were missing altogether. Andrus went to check that the antenna is properly connected to the cable on the mizzen mast. Just as he had disconnected the cable he shouted from the heights. “Could it be that our antenna amplifier is powered off?” For sure it was offline. Anyhow the connection is now well checked and the cable is properly secured again. TV operates as well after powering on the signal amplifier.
Eve lifting Andrus aloft into mizzen mast
The good thing was I had a training in windless conditions how to lift skipper aloft and not forgetting the more important how smoothly lowering him down. At the same time we noticed that the climbing harness of the Topclimber bosun's chair was difficult to use. Also it did not feel safe to use it. It looks like the climbing clips bite into the rope and can cause a damage to the rope. The chair itself is rather good. Of course for using a chair only there is a need for another crew member to winching aloft.

Suwena was nearly ready for the voyage. Next task was to fill cupboards and freezers with food. We'll need to be the first week self sufficient as most marinas and small shops in the archipelago are still closed before the summer season starts.

It is unbelievable how much food is onboard a liveboard boat when counting dry ingredients, spices, canned food, vegetables and of course meet and fish. We have two cold boxes. The bigger is used as a freezer and smaller for vegetables. Matchbox sized battery operated thermometers that we bought in Clas Ohlson have been very handy in monitoring the cold boxes' temperature.

One of this winter's upgrades were storm fixtures for food storage cabinets. All shelves have good lipping but still our things do not stay on the shelves while sailing. Especially a four shelf cabinet on a starboard side of a pentry was a real project to open on a starboard tack. Now the shelves are protected by a thick teak board that can be lifted from its U-fixtures for better access. The canned food is surprisingly heavy. We have been storing cans in a plastic box and the total weight of the box is quite a big. Now the box is securely on place. The boat swinging on the waves will give quite a push to both light and heavy items.
New teak board in the food cupboard
On Wednesday the feeling reached the sky as Suwena was getting ready for departure. Suwena's multiyear world tour started on 23rd of May 2012. We will see where she will take us and what kind of adventures we'll experience with her. The lines were casted off at 14:25 and the voyage towards the city of Kappeln in Northern Germany started.

The departure was surprisingly wistful because the home waters will be now left behind for some time. Of course this year we are still sailing in the familiar Baltic Sea. Next year the North Sea and the English Channel will be awaiting Suwena.

Now it is however time to focus on this summer. Ahead of us are Sweden, Denmark, Poland and Germany. The unbelievably beautiful scenery of Turku archipelago passed us and our bow was turned towards Verkan in Korpoo Island. On Airisto the wind picked up and we raised the sails. Our route took us to the south-west and later to the west. It was exciting as the wind turned together with us and our point of sail remained same throughout most of the leg.
Marina of yacht club ASS on river Aurajoki
We sailed almost half of the first leg and Suwena’s top speed was 7.8 knots. The sun was shining, we were happy and she cut smoothly through the water. This is just what we have been waiting for!
Eve is tightening the mainsail's halyard
Eve is sailing
Archipelago Sea at the sunset
The cliff in front of Verkan marina
Suwena bathing in evening Sun in Verkan marina

Via Åland to Stockholm Archipelago 24.5. – 26.5.

  • Posted on: 28 May 2012
  • By: Eve

There was really peaceful in Verkan. It was a weekday and the marina was not yet open during this season. Only a few yachts arrived in addition to us. We enjoyed ourselves in the tranquility of nature in the beautiful spring weather.

On Friday we continued over the Kihti Sea to Rödhamn guest harbour in Åland. From the 53 nautical mile’s leg we could sail only 6 miles. There was no wind except a little breeze during the early afternoon. The water on Kihti was silky smooth.
Gustaf Dalen light on Kihti
Yacht Club ÅSS has a small guest harbour called Rödhamn on a southern part of Åland 10 miles south from Mariehamn. The northern docks are reserved for club members only but there are plenty of visitor’s moorings on southern side. Rödhamn will be opened officially on 1st of June but there were already several yachts there. One of the yachts was already arrived from Germany.

Rödhamn seemed to be a nice club harbour and I can just imagine that during the middle of summer it is full of boats and a good place to meet fellow yachtsmen.

To our surprise a familiar yacht moored next to us. We met Göran and Regina on previous summer in Nynäshamn and Visby. Now they were on weekend sail and their summer plans are still a little open. Last year they visited Southern Baltic Sea and the places where we are going now. We hope to meet them again somewhere in the future.
Suwena leaving the Rödhamn harbour
On Saturday it was time to leave the Finnish waters. We crossed the Sea of Åland and our destination was the island of Lådna in Stockholm Archipelago. We got a tip about this place from Swedish Nauticat Club members Hasse and Inga-Lis already in Turku.
Suwena's sails trimmed on goose wing
On Saturday the sailing was different compared with Friday. We sailed 51 miles from the 61 mile’s leg. The forecast predicted northerly wind of 9 m/s and less near Swedish coast compared to the western side of the Åland sea. At the beginning the wind was as predicted 9 m/s. When passing the lee side of some islands the wind weakened as our speed as well.

When we were approaching Sweden the wind picked up a stready 10 m/s which was different from the weather forecast. We sailed easily over 7 knots. During the passage we also got hit once by a bigger wave and luckily we captured this on video as well.

Fortunately we have a pilothouse because being showered by an 8 degree's sea water would not be very fun. It was interesting how the temperature of the sea water was lowering all the time when we approached Sweden. It must be due to northern winds which bring cold water to the south from the Sea of Bothnia.

On Saturday evening the hook was dropped in total tranquility on a beautiful lagoon on the southern side of Lådna island. While approaching Lådna many boats were already anchored or with stern anchor and ropes brought to the cliff in most of the small coves. We had a target to anchor out and this place was perfect for anchoring.

We arrived just on time into the winners's waters of the Eurovision song contest. We watched the winning broadcast directly on Swedish TV. For some reason the Swedish TV hosts were not as much excited about Eurovision victory as did Jaana Pelkonen and Heikki Paasonen when Finland's Lordi won Eurovision in 2006.

We plan to spend a few relaxing days here in peaceful Lådna. After the rush to get Suwena prepared for a summer cruise it feels now good to relax a little before entering the famous Göta canal.

Idyllic Lagoon of Lådna in Stockholm Archipelago 26.5 – 30.5.

  • Posted on: 31 May 2012
  • By: Eve

After two weeks of constant hassle and before the Göta canal we wanted to relax and decided to find a nice anchorage. We like to be anchored because the boat swings softly. It feels like the boat is floating freely even thou it is of course fixed to the anchor.

The lagoon on the southern side of Lådna island is stunningly beautiful and we spent there three nights until Tuesday. From Lådna to Stockholm the crow flies distance is only twenty nautical miles and nearby are countless islands with cozy small coves for anchoring or cliff mooring. No wonder that already in May there were a plenty of boaters on weekend trips.

On Saturday evening it was quite a chilly and it felt wonderful to wake up into warm morning. We spent all day on various outdoor activities wearing full summer gear. In the afternoon I even dared to swim briefly in 16 degree's water. The water should still get a few degrees warmer before I'll swim around the boat! We also lowered the dinghy the first time for this season and went for climbing surrounding cliffs.
Lagoon on southern side of the Lådna island
Eve on the lagoon of the Island of Lådna
On Monday the northerlies were back and the temperature got lower again. This was not a problem for us. The wind also picked up for a while to 12 m/s but our 33 kilo's Rocna kept Suwena on place. To steady Suwena we also lifted the mizzen sail to be as an anchor riding sail. The lagoon is very protected so lowering a triple amount of anchor chain compared to the water depth was fully sufficient. For engineers: the water depth 6.5 meters + 2 meters from water level to Suwena's bow times three equals ca 26 meters of chain.

The islands of Lådna area has been inhabited already since 1555. It is great the Swedish have maintained well the nature of this area. We can warmly recommend for everybody to come and enjoy this idyllic tranquility. Now it is time to reveal the big Swedish secret, the coordinates to the lagoon of Lådna island: 59°25.7'N 018°41.9'E. And do not forget that the water is always three degrees warmer than the surrounding sea area.

On Saturday it was time to weigh the anchor. I prepared a water hose to flush both the anchor chain and anchor itself. We are really satisfied that during the commissioning of Suwena we selected both fresh and sea water outlets into the anchor locker. Especially the sea water flushing is very handy because there could be a lot of clay coming up to the deck with the anchor.
Sailing wing on wing with whisker pole
On Tuesday we set Nynäshamn as our destination. We have visited Nynäshamn during last summer on our way to Visby. After a good sailing day we moored Suwena into Nynäshamn guest harbour and rewarded ourselves with a dinner outside. The restaurant ship Freija is located in the harbour. Immediately upon seeing the menu with plank stake we remembered a delicious dish from our first boating summer in restaurant Pihvitupa in Kalajoki. Of course there was no other possibility than to select also the local's favoured plank stake (plankstek) as well. The plank prepared in oven together with stake, baked mashed potatoes, tomato and broccoli rolled inside ham in Swedish way were really delicious. From this originally Hungarian dish that is later varied by the Swedish can be read more in Wikipedia.
Nynäshamn center
Boat harbour and railway station of Nynäshamn
On Thursday we'll have the next sea leg towards Mem from where the Göta canal begins.

The Göta Canal Begins 31.5. - 3.6.

  • Posted on: 6 June 2012
  • By: Eve

We arrived to Mem from Nynäshamn at the dusk of the Thursday evening. The Göta canal is like mother for Swedish industry and it’s 190 kilometres long and starts in Mem on the Baltic Sea side.

There were already a few boats in the waiting dock while we made Suwena's lines fast. One more boat arrived during the night to join us. This year the Göta canal opens officially on 4th of June. However it is possible to agree with a three day's notice time about lockage outside the peak season. So four boats were ready and eager to enter the canal on Friday morning.
Suwena arriving at the beginning of the Göta canal in Mem
Before arriving we were little keyed up about lockage on the Göta canal. After the arrval on Thursday evening we went to explore the first lock. On Friday we prepared Suwena by putting out four fenders on both sides and a fender board outside of them. Also the crew of other boats started to swarm around the decks making preparations. All we first timers were clearly excited about the upcoming lockage.
The lock of Mem in the Göta canal
It was amusing when the lock keeper came to check the canal fee payment and measured boat's overall length. The Swedish clearly cannot decide Suwena's length because in Visby she was a meter longer and here a meter shorter compared to the registration papers. The missing meter did not matter because we stayed in the same price range.

The other three boats went first and our turn was in a second lockage. Therefore we had a plenty of time to follow the other boats and prepare ourselves. To our surprise the locks were much smaller than we expected. Also the lock keeper is always at most twenty metres far, well within a shouting distance.
After the first lock in the Göta canal
We set the lines in a way that the stern line was passing through the snatch block fixed to the aft cleat into the main mast winch located on the rooftop of the pilothouse. The bow line was running from the genoa winch through another snatch block fixed to amidships cleat to the fore cleat and finally to the mooring ring on the lock. We had previously purchased longer mooring lines especially considering that during the canal passage the lines can be easily handled with winches. Now Andrus can control both lines from the cockpit.
Suwena's stern line passed through the snach block in the  Göta canal
I disembarked into the waiting dock before the lock and climbed up aside of the lock waiting for Andrus and Suwena. In practice we noticed that it is better to make fast the stern line first and then the bow line. In the first lock I used a pair of clove hitches to fix the lines to the mooring ring. From the second lock on I however followed a suggestion from the lock keeper. It is much easier just to make a bowline and pass the loop over the ring's pin. The mooring rings seem to be bolted the same way in all the locks and the pin is tall enough to hold the loop in a line.

We also learned that it is better to untie the lines in opposite order, first the bow line and then the stern line. Finally it is my turn to hop aboard and make preparations for the next lock.

On Friday we passed three first locks on the Göta canal and arrived in a rain and well soaked into Söderköping. We did well and I did not even fall into the canal. Despite of this the next leg on Monday with 12 locks worries still us a little.
Suwena in Söderköping
Söderköping is the cozy Swedish city in East Gothland (Östergötland) with 7000 inhabitants. We did not see the city at its best because the weather was cold and windy throughout all the weekend. I can anyhow imagine that in the middle of the warm summer day the city is full of happy smiling people.
Söderköping, Ramunderberget is in the background
The church of Söderköping
Despite of chill we had to visit in one of the major tourist attractions, the Smultronstället ice cream bar with a huge terrace. The ice cream menu was enormous; over 60 different ice cream portions so everybody finds something for sure. We eat our part from theirs annual 75000 ice cream litre supply.
Smultronstället in Söderköping
Smultronstället, pancaces with ice cream
On Sunday the wind was less and there was even a little sunshine now and then. We went to climb up the Ramunderberget hill that is towering 70 metres above Söderköping. The steep stairs to the natural reserve began from the Göta canal's shore. We heard that there are 287 steps but we missed the count on our way up. The park has many charming paths and seemed popular as we met quite a few joggers there.
Söderköping
In Söderköping we saw for the first time cruise ships on the Göta canal. On Saturday ship Diana moored next to Suwena and let passengers ashore for visiting the city. She was built on 1931 and now she is sailing between Stockholm and Gothenburg.
Cruise ship Diana arriving into the lock of Söderköping
A few days cruise on the Göta canal is surely a nice alternative to the cruise from Turku to Stockholm. What could be better than to glide at a slow five know speed in the afternoon sunshine along the Göta canal sipping your favour beverage and enjoying the scenery.

The weekend passed quickly and then was already time to prepare for the upcoming Monday, 12 locks and six bridges.

Twelve locks and six bridges 4.6.

  • Posted on: 8 June 2012
  • By: Eve

On Monday morning we were again ready for a new lockage day. Ahead were new experiences on a path with 12 locks including a couple of double locks and in addition six bridges. We were already familiar with single locks. From double locks we were still pondering on how to move the lines to the upper lock without coming aboard in between.
The scenery of the Göta canal
On Sunday evening we talked with the crew of German yacht Weeki Wachee and noticed that we have the same destination on Monday. We agreed to leave together into the first Söderköping’s bridge opening at 9am. The voyage passed leisurely and there were just two of us at the same time in all locks. We took a habit that we moored Suwena on the left side of the lock and they put Weeki Wachee into the right side.

We also passed the first bridges on Göta which were a mix of roller, swing and lift bridges not to forget a railway bridge as well. The Göta Canal Skipper's Guide is advicing that drive the boat close to the bridge. The lock keepers have cameras for following approaching boats and opening bridges by remote control. Unbelievable but it works just like that.
A roller bridge of the Göta canal
In the first double lock (Carlsborgs slussar) was a really nice girl as a lock keeper. I asked about line handling in double locks and differences to the single locks. In double locks the line handler cannot come between the locks back aboard. Instead she needs to walk with the lines beside the boat along the canal edge. In this early season there were only a few boats and kind lock keeper girl joined us to the next double lock to help me. Again all the excitement beforehand was useless, because it is easy to follow the canl edge and handle the lines between locks.
Suwena approaching a lock in the Göta canal
Suwena in a lock in the Göta canal
Eve chatting with Göta's lock keepers
As we arrived to Norsholm lock and railway bridge we noticed a sign to stay aboard and use the fixed mooring lines in the wall of the lock. We were familiar with the mooring lines hanging from the lock's edge already from our cruise to lake Saimaa in Finland. However we wondered what to do with these lines because they were too short for making fast into our cleats. Maybe the intent is just to hold the lines by hand because the water level difference was very small. It isn’t anyhow possible to hold out the 20 ton’s fairy with hands only. Fortunately there were a few hooks on a lock wall and we fixed our mooring lines there.

After the hard day's work we crossed lake Roxen and moored Suwena at the lower Berg harbour. The double locks were nothing as the seven lock's Carl Johans slussar raised above us in horizon while we approached the harbour.
Seven lock's Carl Johans slussar
It was a long day and in the end we also got wet by a rain. Just as we were mooring Suwena a lock keeper arrived and asked if we would still like to go up? Well, we said with one voice that tomorrow please! It was time to relax and leave some challenges for next day as well. We spent a pleasant evening together with Norbert and Hildegard in Weeki Wachee.
Suwena and Weeki Wachee in Bergin lower

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