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    How big is that sailboat of yours?

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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.


    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
    c: http://weldingweb.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=712531&stc=1&d=1399400772
    d: http://weldingweb.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=712541&stc=1&d=1399400775

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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..


    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.


    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.


    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
    3. http://weldingweb.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=732991&stc=1&d=1401550763
    4. http://weldingweb.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=733001&stc=1&d=1401550765
    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.


    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


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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.


    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.


    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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