BOAT TOUR of SV SEEFALKE [Steel Ship Built for Blue Water Sailing] // Sailors & Seadogs

BOAT TOUR of SV SEEFALKE [Steel Ship Built for Blue Water Sailing] // Sailors & Seadogs


Here we are on Sailing Vessel Seefalke.We will take you on a tour today of our floating home and floating office. This
is a really long video and we get that We hope that you’ll watch all of it
but if you don’t want to watch all of it we did break it down into sections.
In the description below you’ll see the timestamps of each section so you can
fast forward through to the sections that interest you and skip the sections
that don’t interest you. Welcome On Board! Seefalke was built specifically
for the kind of blue water sailing that we’ve been doing since we left Stralsund,
Germany on August 19th 2018. She has safely taken us across the Baltic Sea,
through the Kiel Canal, the North Sea, the English Channel, the Bay of Biscay, and
all along the Spanish and Portugal Atlantic coastlines… into Morocco and
down the northwestern African coast to the Canary Islands and now into Cape
Verde Next, we cross the Atlantic Ocean with
Barbados in our sights. Eventually we will bring Seefalke to Sweet Home
Alabama to visit friends and family before we head out on our next adventure Seefalke is a Seahawk 37 designed and
built in the Netherlands by Jachtbouw Noord in 1974.
Seefalke is a long keel, ketch-rigged, steel ship with 37 feet waterline and 43 feet
length overall. Seefalke weighs about 10 tons and she’s not a racer but she’s
safe and seaworthy as can be. Our ship, Seefalke, has only had three
owners in her 44-year life… Norbert Drucker, Bernd Oltmann and Maik Ulmschneider.
During Norbert’s childhood his father sailed her for 35 years.
He sold her too Bernd in 2009. Bernd is the president of VBS, a sailing club in
Bremen Germany. Seefalke was the crown jewel of the club for eight years until Bernd
sold her to Maik in 2017. While we were sailing through the Kiel Canal in August
2018 we had a rare opportunity to have all three owners together to talk about
our seaworthy ship. This was the biggest sailing ship in our club and for us you know we
always had only small ones and then Seefalke came it was unbelievable. It was good! And then we decided to sell her and you know…..and you are only the third owner. Built in 1974 and only three owners. This means a lot. As youngsters, I can remember that Norbert’s parents, his father, he allowed us
to sail her this once you know so then we were young and in such a big sailing
boat is what was really exciting! Welcome to the upper deck of Seefalke.
We are here by the bow sprit. Remember we lost boards in our first gale
but I haven’t felt like replacing them. We’ve had much other things on our
list that were more important. I think it’s even more practical. This is
the bow sprit. We have two forestays A port forestay and the starboard forestay
which is a typical rig for the old trade wind boats that had two foresails.
They would have one genoa and one fore sail on on forestay and the Genoa on the
other forestay and yeah just ride trade winds with two genoas. On the port forestay, we have rigged a furling Genoa and it’s about 120 percent
overlapping Genoa we have some trouble with the furling mechanism forever but
the thing is fixed now let’s see and we have not used the second foresail yet but I guess we’re gonna use it on the big crossing.
And we have a cutter stay that’s this one here. The cutter stay is the third
forestay that we have. It carries our jib.
It’s a self-jibing jib. You see over there you see that rail. When we jibe the jib slides automatically. The jib has a boom, which is in today’s
design a rare design, but I love it. It really helps, especially if you’re on a
broad reach or downward course it helps to stabilize the jib. it’s very
good. A very good design. This is our primary anchor. It is a 25 kilogram anchor and holds pretty well. It goes with a 40-meter anchor chain that
allows us to anchor in depths up to 15 meters. Talk about this sea fence that you’re
leaning on right now because this is one of my favorite features. Oh yeah, you can
see the this boat is designed for heavy weather sailing. It has a massive sea
fans. It’s welded with two rails. It goes all the way from the bow
to the stern and back on the other side. It’s really massive and in combination with
our sea fence over here it holds major blows. If some of or
some equipment are getting lifted in heavy waves it can crash against the sea fence. A lot of other sailors we have talked to talk about our sea fence and how they wish
they had one and how they have to strap in See our neighbor’s seafence. It has massive beams yeah I mean you
would have to strap yourself in and really even in just general situations
out on the foredeck on that boat whereas here this really you can hold on to it
and it will hold you. It will definitely hold the weight of large human beings
and of course the seadogs . Then we have our potty area. This is for the dogs, not the humans. And this is our hatch that goes down into the bow cabin. This is specifically practical
when we have to change sails so then one of us will be down there, one of
us will be up here to just take over the sails through the hatch. You know we just
hand it up right through the hatch it’s very convenient and so we keep all our
extra sails down in the in the bow except for the mizzen staysail which
we’ll talk about when we get back to the stern and the cockpit
Exactly. Let’s talk about mast fence that’s another unique feature of this boat. It’s
the mast fence. In today’s designs, most of the lines go into the cockpit
so its made for most of the work you have to do main mast you don’t have to
leave the cockpit which of course adds to safety. In the 70s design, that was
not possible so for all sailing maneuvers or for most sailing maneuvers
someone has to come here to the mast no matter what the conditions. That makes
me feel especially safe when I have to come out and hoist or bring in the
mainsail. You can lean against it with your full body weight, you can work the winches, work the halyards, work the sails, and you have both hands available for work. What’s that hanging there? That’s our warm water system. We do not have a shower inside. We just fill it with water see it’s all black dirty it’s
all black dirty on the outside but it’s clean the inside so
fill it with water and we expose it to the Sun. The water heats up really good
and we just sit here and have a shower deck. The mast is also a
massive design. It’s twelve point something meter high so you may say
that’s not very high and it’s not very high but since we have two masts, we can
easily distribute the sail area out over two masts which makes it easier to handle. Every sale of little lighter and a little smaller. If you only have one mast
and if worst case one mass breaks down you still have the other one. It’s a
little backup and also one of the major advantages of two masts
is you can balance and trim the boat just a little better. There are more options. We have we don’t have a furling system on the main sail. We have to come out on the deck and bring the sail up and down manually. We have three reef lines though so we can manually increase or decrease the
area of of the mainsail. Then at the main mast we have several electrical outlets
and we run a spotlight over here so this is especially helpful when we enter a
port or a marina in the dark and up there we have another spotlight this is the
deck light that illuminates the deck when we have to do maneuver in the dark.
This really helps very much. As we have passages very far away from land and very far away from gas stations and possibilities to re-provision we also
carry extra canisters of gas, diesel, and water. All over here we use different
canisters for the different liquids so the steel canisters are diesel the
plastic canisters are for gas that we use for the outboard motor or in our generator
and the white canisters and you may see more on the on the stern stern deck it’s the
water, fresh water for drinking Here’s is one part of our power station, a
solar power station the dogs are guarding it, they love it because it’s warm, of course the captain
doesn’t love them using it not for its intended purpose. Its 200
watt solar power. It is walkable. You can walk on it and it really helps a lot
it’s our main source of energy when we are out there in the sun. We also have several mobile solar panels that have between seven and twenty watt peak and
they help us to charge our electronics so when we are at sea we charge battery packs with them and we charge our mobile phones or iPads and we
can move them around wherever the sun shines best. These solar panels are sometimes covered by the sails, but we can’t move it. This is our generator it’s a two kilowatt portable generator that runs on gas. It’s very loud. It’s very fumy, but it
already saved our asses when we were short of power on the way
from the Canaries to Cape Verde when our motor broke down. Here we are on the stern deck. It’s mainly a cargo area this is like a
garage an open-air garage anyway it has a secondary and tertiary steering device
so we do have another steering wheel that runs on the on the hydraulic
steering mechanism and we have a mechanical emergency tiller that is also great rudder indicator. Here as you can see we have two life rafts, one here and one over there. So why do we have to live rafts? This boat came with a life raft but life
rafts need regular maintenance so we invited some friends to sail with us at
a time where the other life raft was getting its maintenance so I bought a
second life raft for this boat and yeah I could have sold it but we decided
to keep it. I also I watched the movie “All is Lost” one too many times and I
wanted to make sure we always have a good life raft. We have three anchors on board, so the first one we saw in the bow sprit. This is the secondary anchor that we
either use as a second anchor or that we use over the bow. We use it as a
stern anchor occasionally and yeah we have a spare anchor down in the stern
cabin. Usually the dinghy is here on the stern deck and we keep it
here uninflated. We roll it up real tight and it kind of goes in this area
right here. We inflate it only when we use it. We’ve had sometimes
we just pull it behind that’s when we do some anchor hopping and we don’t want to haul it up and down again all the time so we just drag it behind
but usually it goes here together with the outboard motor. I love this little dinghy although
there’s not a lot of room on it it’s pretty small for the four of us but we
manage. it’s a great little tender. This is a fun family activity. We are all in this teeny tiny dinghy and Maik is rowing us off to shore. Backward But we’re all here and we’re cozy.
I don’t know if the pumps are too impressed yet but they will be when we
get to the beach. This is our little outboard motor and Maik got this when he saw how much I struggled paddling the dinghy
so that was kind of a present for me. Thanks, Maik! We do not only use the wind as a means of propulsion, we also use the wind to produce some electrical energy so we have a super wind 350 the 350 watt wind generator that helps us
charge batteries and especially helpful when we are at sea underway or when
we are at anchorage somewhere in the Trade Winds. We can count on
approximately three to four ampaires from this wind generator. Here we are
stading in front of the mizzen mast so yes our rear mass is called a mizzen mast.
It carries the mizzen sail over here is the mizzen boom. It also
carries a mizzen staysail we call it a pusher sail that goes
between the mizzen mast and the main mast and it’s like a little gennaker for
the mizzen mast. You love to play with that mizzen stay sail because there’s
lots of different configurations. It’s not easy to set but it gives us a little boost of
half to almost one extra knot when the wind comes right. It’s also kind of pretty. I’m going to show you around the
main cabin it’s actually clean today which it’s normally not. I’m sure we’ve
got lots of footage of it the way I normally looks but today it’s clean so
we’ll take a little tour. Seefalke is long but narrow It has plenty of room for living on board. The main saloon includes the navigation corner, a settee
that can be used as a bed, a dining table that folds down to a bed… three adults
can sleep comfortably in the main cabin. And the galley. This is the galley and
it’s not a very big galley but it is very efficient. The galley is well
designed for cooking while underway. Our stove and connected oven are gimballed.
It swings back and forth on two pivot points so it tilts and remains level
when the boat is heeling or moving. This helps to keep the pots and pans from
sliding around. The oven and stove operate through a gas connection. The
butane and or propane tanks are located in the cockpit with lines coming
directly into the heating source. You come in here and it’s actually good
because you can brace yourself when we’re underway and kind of keep
yourself from falling over. The stove does tilt with the boat and that’s a
great feature. We have an oven and three small burners so we can cook full meals
here and we do almost every day. We do have running water here in the sink.
We have 200 liters of water in that tank. There’s a place for everything.
Everything has to be very neat. Here we have our dishes. All our tea and coffee and hot chocolate and
things like that and cups are in here Here are our spices for cooking and some fruit and bread and oil and tea and just things we use every single day are kind
of out and handy. The pots and pans are underneath. All the cleaning
supplies and trash bags and sponges and scrub brushes and things like that that
we need to clean the boat or under there. Everything has a place so you have to
be very organized because there’s limited space. Then of course we have
our fruit and veggies here with easy access. This is the dining
room slash sitting room slash office sometimes and it’s also our bed. This
table comes down and lays flat and even with these cushions and then these two
cushions come off and go on top and it makes a double size bed That’s where we sleep at night usually.
Sometimes when we’re under way and we’re on shifts and we’re on opposite
schedules we sleep in the stern cabin and we’ll show you that later but it has two bunks in there that we can sleep on also. Most of our food
are in these cabinets here, at least the food we need easy access to. This is
our pasta and rice and oatmeal and soup cabinet and everything’s kind of stuffed
in there. It’s pretty full we’ve got our sauces we eat a lot of pasta and mainly
because it’s easy to cook and it’s quick to cook and that’s something we can cook
when we’re underway. It’s also filling and usually we only get one meal
a day when we’re underway because that’s just all we have time to do or
that’s all the conditions allow usually so we like to have a good hearty meal. In
this middle section we have our crackers, bread, and all our canned foods
We do have some canned food store away but we also use a lot of this
kind of stuff.We use a lot of the canned mushrooms we put mushrooms in almost
everything. Everything is secured so that when we’re
underway it doesn’t open and everything fly out. In this cabinet
we have just a whole hodgepodge of things, but we know what’s in there. We
have some canned tuna and canned sardines. We have eggs. We have our condiments like our honey, jelly, peanut butter, Nutella, a
little bit of extra stuff and a few snacks. Down in this seat is where we
keep all our extras and I’ll actually just take the time to show you.
You pull this these cushions off and they come off pretty easily move them out of the way. Here is a huge
Locker. I’ve never really understood why a boat designer, maybe you can tell
me why, Maik. Why does this thing not open all the way to the end? We have the
space all the way to the end but we don’t have the opening all the way to
the end. There’s stuff stuffed back here too it’s mostly water bottled water
and some soft drinks and then we have more canned foods in here some
cookies, crackers, lots of drinks lots of extra stuff, lots of canned goods
That’s kind of our extras we don’t need quick access to but we will need to
get to eventually somewhere when we’re in the Atlantic. All this goes
back together. Everything in a boat is one giant puzzle that you just have to
take apart and put back together a million times. This is this kind of sitting area,
it’s supposed to be a couch, a setee, it’s also a bed. You can also sleep on this.
This is where the puppies sleep and this is also where they usually go when the
conditions are really rough and we need them to be safe. This bar right here, it’s actually a board, comes down into these little grooves. Again, it’s another puzzle we have to put together. And we have another sleeping bag here. Come up here Captain Jack. Come
on Scout. This is where they stay especially when
we’re under way they usually start here sleeping at night and sometimes they end
up over on the other side with us but that’s okay. When we are under way sometimes we
have a few other things here that we put here to keep secure and so they have a
little bit smaller space so they really are protected and they can’t slide out
because of this board. We have a lot of books, and some some
things are our manuals and instructional books and some things
our books that charts and important things that Maik needs for his passage
planning. Other things are just books for entertainment for reading and
as you can see everything has to stay secure. Everything has to be stable so
when we’re underway and the boat is rocking, things aren’t flying all over
the place. In this locker we have quite a few things. We have a lot of extra
electronics and things like that we have our tape and velcro. We have some
candles, lighters, and different various things that we need …mostly a lot of
chargers and all of our batteries are in this cabinet and extra binoculars. In
this locker over here we have a few random supplies but mostly it’s our
emergency supplies so we have a spotlight, we have flares , we have signal
flags, we have emergency glasses that’s mostly emergency plus supplies and a
couple of other things. In all these seats, none of the space is
wasted. Underneath Captain Jack and Scout here there’s a big Locker that we
use for tools and in fact this whole bench right here is one big Locker and
has two openings and we keep most of our tools and we keep our sander and power
drill and all kinds of tools under there and then the other seat in the dining
area this one has food in it that we showed
you and then this one also has tools in it … tools and supplies and those are all
maintenance repair things. And then, of course, we have our main
chart. This is the closet and the refrigerator and the head. We have a
variety of things in this area. We have a little head and it flushes with the use
of a pump. We have to pump it when we’re done we don’t flush any paper so we have a
brilliant diaper genie here for the paper and that’s what we do with that. That’s the greatest invention of all time we love it. And then some
extra supplies some this is all the dog stuff we don’t use this sink for water
so we just use it for ia dog pharmacy right now and a few other
things. On this other side all right over here we have some
towels and all of our personal hygiene stuff like shampoo and toothpaste and
shaving cream and then some extra clothes back there that we don’t need
very often. And then all our extra supplies like extra air fresheners, extra
gels and shampoos and things like that that we may need. All the extras are back
there where we can get to but it’s not real close. This is our
refrigerator and it is not as big as some beer coolers I’ve seen on the beach
in Gulf Shores. It opens at the top and we keep in there milk and butter
and some meat and of course our paintbrushes and cheese and things like
that but we don’t have a lot of refrigerator room and it’s very
energy-efficient. Then all our first-aid supplies are in this closet.
Right now the bow cabin is a pantry slash closet so
normally two people can sleep in the bed but they can’t right now. Right now it’s
all our extra supplies to cross the Atlantic. It’s not completely secure
right now. We also keep our extra sails back here. This is the bow
of the boat so when Maik needs
a different sail and he’s up on the bow I come down here and I grab the sail
and I hand it to him through this hatch and that’s how we handle that. The
sails have to stay back here or up here. All of our extra supplies
that we need and everything is secure so nothing can move. We hope that everything
is going to stay put when we’re underway. We’re still working on that but these
are all our extra supplies and a lot of extra clothes. Here we are in the stern cabin, my most favorite place by the way it’s good for two
people to sleep in so at the moment it serves for three purposes I think one is
you know we keep some of our equipment down here for example the mizzen stay sail in that blue bag over there and some clothes there’s a sleeping bag and the
the puppy’s life vests are back here things that we need handy and a pump for
the dinghy…some lines and some safety life vests life belts
and warm weather gear sorry cold weather gear of course our life vests that we wear so that is all here so it’s a little bit of a garage but also
when we are in a heavy tilt we use the stern cabin to sleep because it’s just
more comfortable you can’t slide too much. If we are heeling this
way and you can lay on this bunk and you just kind of are pushed against that
wall there and you can’t really get slung around too much and of course the
same thing on the other side but it’s a very low ceiling and that’s why I’m not
a big fan of it I usually hit my head on that
but there’s a little light that comes in and that’s good and when we
have guests on board this is the guest cabins. We will make it nice for guests we’ll move all this stuff that’s everywhere.
We keep a lot of equipment in the lockers below the bunks and in a seat over
here in that locker won’t you show us what’s in the lockers and by the why the
lockers are all pretty roomy but they’re all shaped like triangles and so here we
have some spare parts and some tools like a spare fire extinguisher our
electrical toolbox several pumps some
extra lines these are the lines that we use most often we kind of keep them out
we used to keep them in here but we realize we just need to keep here. We have some more heavy lines long lines, anchor
lines for the secondary anchor and we have the secondary anchor s all in here
different lines all sorts of different lines and and this under here. This is our
main toolbox and we used to keep it tucked away in one of the lockers but we
use it so much that now we just keep it out right there in the little chair and
inside that chair is another locker and it has all our manuals and just
spare things like mosquito nets and also our courtesy flags so they’re pretty
convenient to the cockpit and these stairs lead right to the cockpit
so the cockpit is in between the main cabin and the stern cabin so when we do
have guests here they do have a little bit of privacy. They are a little bit
tucked away from from us and the seadogs We also have a safe okay you
know we had a safe. It was the world’s greatest safe that was ever built so tell the story
about our safe why there’s no door on it anymore We kept our ships and personal papers in
there, our passports. But at one point somehow I screwed up
the lock I guess and we couldn’t open it we could not open the safe and I think
was it you or it was me needed to get the plane home. We both needed to take the
plane home but you had your passport and I didn’t. Mine was in there so so we ended
up breaking in. We used all sorts of efforts, lots of different tools, crowbars and hammers and saws and we used every tool on the boat and we
finally were able to break in and now it’s just like a little box that’s
sitting here it does have a little thing there in case we want to put a few
things in there but yeah now it’s just a box and a funny memory. Below the stern
cabin there is a huge bilge and this is where we keep proximately 200 liters of water as an emergency backup it’s not easy to get to it but it’s great storage is very deep
and holds a lot This is our navigation corner so
this is the work place of the navigator. This is our navigation table underneath
we have this compartment here for current charges and books and navigational material is also contains
our our ships and crew documents to help keep them handy. There’s a fire extinguisher right here and a jack and our 230 volt outlets here okay
that’s pretty messy under there but that’s okay we know what’s in there it’s
organized to us right? We have some handbooks and stuff. Here we have compasses for
paper chart navigation and pens and pencils over here. We have our little
weather station. We do have a radio that won’t work and well we don’t see we have
our little transport man-overboard transponders the mother unit and a
handheld radio to grab that’s more of an emergency devise the case our regular
radios not working VHF so then we have a little iPad Mini
that we’re using as a daughter devise display for the plotter and the cockpit
so we can actually see all the plotter data on this little iPad here they’re
connected using Wi-Fi. Here is the
thermostat for our heater for our heating system. These are the switches
for our heating system. Here we have like some ancient but still functional …a
barometer hygrometer and oh and a clock the clock is loud that’s why we have
turned it off now. Here is where we keep our log books, our weather log, and our
route book… so our passage plan documents. Here we have walkie
talkies. We have our man overboard transponders we have the AIS man overboard devices this is Michelle’s. We keep those on us all the time when we are at sea. Here we have our Thuraya satellite modem that we’ve been using in Europe and African waters but
since we’re moving west we will lose the coverage of the Thuraya Network that’s
why we have now we will be using the Iridium Network that’s also a
satellite modem provides us with a Wi-Fi hotspot based on satellite so we
can use our regular phones as satellite phones. Here’s some chords and right
now but if there actually is a rhyme to all this reason we have little
compartments for all the different chords. There’s also a storage
compartment on the seat this is another Locker. Captain Jack wants to know
what’s in there. This is where we keep our camera equipment and some of our
computer equipment and drones and and we have a thank you the sextant is in
there so one day Maik can teach me how to use
that. We have binoculars handy for the cockpit and here’s our EPIRB. That’s an emergency beacon that can be activated manually or
when it’s in touch with water and it transmits an emergency signal using
satellite network using I think 406 megahertz frequency and transmitting our
position or the name and LMSI of our boat and (Cap’n Jack caught a fly) and you can justlet everybody know that we have an emergency so hopefully people will catch
the signal and the Coast Guard or whoever is responsible for overseeing
our area… somebody will come to rescue us that’s always good to know that’s there Here we are in the cockpit.
I love it because it’s a center cockpit. It’s very safe. It’s protected from all
sides and very deep so in case of high seas you will feel safe down here. Here’s the
entrance to our main cabin over there is the entrance to our Stern
cabin below us is the engine room so we have to remove the floor of the cockpit
to get access to the engine room. Over here below these boards we have our gas
our gas cartridges. We’re usually running on propane but here in the South they
only have butane so we’re using butane in the propane tanks which is okay if you
don’t go into regions where temperatures can fall below zero. Here we have another
opening that gives us easy access to the batteries and to the fuses and to the
charging units and we have a manual bilge pump over here. In the case of electricity fault or failure at sea
that’s very important. These are our general winches, the bags for the lines so we can operate the genoa from the cockpit which is basically the only sail we can
operate from the cockpit. This is the main sheet for the mainsail all the way
up here This is the dog place. The interesting
thing is this little board over here yes but we can move wherever we need it
that’s very that’s very practical when you’re in a heavy tilt it gives you
better stand when you are at the helm. We will show you the instruments that we are using. We have everything from Raymarine communicate very well . We are using the Raymarine microtalk protocol see that
over here that’s a little Wi-Fi gateway so we can have all the data that we see
up here we can have it we can see down there on an iPad or any mobile device in
the cabin or anywhere else on the boat Let’s start up here. That’s the motor oil
temperature this is the voltage of the batteries in the front and in the bow
that operate the anchor windlass and bow thruster and this
oil pressure of the engine. Down here, we have the other part of the engine
panel it’s the RPMs the operating hours and
the voltage of the alternator here we do have our plotter
that’s much more than a plotter. I can basically all they data from all the
sensors in the boat I can pull up here so we have it as a plotter it’s an AIS plotter but it also shows me the level of the tanks water tank fuel tank
it gives me the speed over ground gives me the wind data basically all data that
I need to operate this boat this is the wind indicator the wind indicator is a
standalone unit as far as energy is concerned so you see the receivers down here has a little solar panel and so has the sender up there in the main mast so
they communicate and this little device is feeding our network with the whole
bus system with the wind data that we need for various purposes. This is our log
indicates depth indicates the speed that indicates the sea temperature and the speed through the water This is our auto pilot control unit so
here we can set and do all sorts of settings for the auto pilot we can set a
certain course, we can enter waypoints or we can make the auto pilot steer a
certain angle to the wind. This is our bow thruster control. Here we have some controls that control the navigation lights and
some instrument lights or wind screen wipers and our horn. Up here we have a
magnetic compass all the instruments here and the autopilot work with
electronic compasses there on the mizzenmast. Here we do have our
Garmin InReach satellite tracker that is also a basic communication
satellite communication device that we can fix our position transmit our
position using the Iridium satellite network to a Garmin server and we can
also use the Iridium network to write and to receive short messages very
interesting and a very helpful device since it’s using the Iridium network
it’s practically working all over the world. This little steering wheel of course is our engine control ….
forward reverse and idle. We also have a good feature in this in this cockpit we can
basically make it a complete room so we can close it completely and believe it
or not it really gets warm in here and we can use the cockpit as an
additional living space when we’re at port. When we are at sea we have to at
least open this intermediate section over here so that the main sheet has
access to the main boom but we’re still pretty protected over here
from rain, splashing water, or Sun. We have a shade here and sort of a good
protection from all of all sides most of the time if the weather is good we just
take this down to so we can have a little better view because of
course this abstracts the view just a little bit and we have great view and
see all ends of the boat Even though her main propulsion is her
sails, Seefalke is equipped with a 62 horsepower
Vetus diesel engine. The engine is well maintained despite its 20 years of age so
we didn’t feel it needed to be replaced or overhauled. Putting a level
transmitter into the main fuel tank as the only thing we did to the engine and
fuel system The main fuel tank does not feed the
engine directly fuel is pumped into the service tank first the inspection glass
allows us to detect contaminated or polluted fuel before it can damage the
engine while we didn’t have much to do about
the engine we had a lot of work to do on the electrical and energy supply system
the old batteries had all suffered from total discharge and needed to be
replaced we now have three battery blocks onboard one in the bow for the
windlass and bow thruster three 165 ampair hour consumer batteries and one 165 ampair hour starter battery for safety reasons the starter battery is always
charged first only when the starter battery reaches 13 point 5 volts the
consumer batteries will also be charged this ensures there’s always enough power
to start the engine at any time the bow battery block is charged separately
using its own charger the power switchboard and charging systems needed
a complete replacement the old system had grown over decades and was outdated
and didn’t meet current safety standards properly sized cables have been
installed and labeled according to international standards now we actually
do have a fair chance to diagnose faults at sea. on the top left you can see the new fuse
box below it you see the two main switches for the starter and for the consumer
batteries to the left the main switches you can see the shunt that allows to
shunt out the starter battery and start the engine using the consumer batteries this is the new 12 volt 60 ampair
charging controller for the land line It works both for 110 volt and 230 volt
systems this if the charging controller for
solar panels the black box is the charging controller for our wind generator.
In case the batteries are fully charged the heat exchanger on the left
transforms surplus energy from the wind generator into heat the new tank battery management system
shows the charging level of the batteries and the filling level of our
water and fuel tanks cleaning up the cable tangle in the
consumer switchboard was one of the main tasks during our electrical overhaul For safety reasons, we eliminated the off
switch for the bilge pump. We also reconnected it in a way that it will
remain functional even with the battery main switch off this is our Avis Passure heating system
it has proven very reliable but up until now was only working manually we have
installed a thermistat that allows us to keep a certain minimum temperature on
the boat this is very important when you want to leave the boat in the water
during the winter when sailing colder waters. This is the drinking water inlet
pipe. It was formerly made from steel and tended to corrode and leak so we replaced
it with a PE pipe While replacing our zinc anodes in the
Canary Islands in December 2018 we had a rare opportunity to take a look
underneath Seefalke’s steel hull. This is our bow thruster. It’s a very small
bow thruster and has been installed later. The boat didn’t come with the bow thruster. originally very small one with 800 watt
so it’s basically a pipe with a little electric electrical motor now with a
propeller driven by electrical motor so that helps you know especially navigate
the boat in the reverse because we have a long keel and it’s almost impossible
to steer the boat going in reverse. The keel construction is pretty interesting I mean the whole
boat is is a Dutch design of the early 70s and it has a massive keel as you can
see it has massive long keel but the most interesting part about it is if you
look at the bottom of the keel it has about a meter of flat surface so this
boat is designed to actually fall dry in the title waters of the so called Wardensee in the North Sea and it’s basically designed to stand on the dry
seabed I haven’t tried it I’ve seen photos of it I haven’t tried it but it’s
designed so this our rudder pretty big pretty massive and the good thing but we
need it you know if we need it because we we have that long keel. The good thing is it’s protected by keel but it’s completely open going the reverse. So we have to be extremely careful if we go in reverse to not hit
anything with the rudder. This is a fixed shaft design. It’s not a sail drive like most boats today that have a sail drive. while we out here this guy over here
they have a so-called moderate long keel. It’s probably a design of
the same era as Seefalke, 70s or early 80s but if we look over this this guy over
here this is the performance cruiser they have a fin keel very short keel with a thick and heavy
end in the bottom but it’s also very thin compared with with our keel and
what is the major disadvantage of the advantages I mean in the optimum like
just from the design point of view if you want to have nothing in the middle
and a very heavy part in the bottom you know to serve as a counterweight to the
forces of the waves and to the sails from the top so in the past they did not have
the materials and the design skills to fill the keel like this if you if you
look at a performance racer today they kind of have like a thin a fin little
construction and the so called bombed on the bottom the disadvantage is the
advantages of course if you have a lot of this much less friction and you have
a better weight balance than with a long keel But on the other hand if you
hit a rock or something you know and you lose just keel you are screwed. You will capsize and you probably lose your boat
whereas losing that keel it’s almost impossible you may have a hole in it you
know but you may not lose get the keel. Our
keel is as long as the boat almost and the
the other advantage of a long keel is that the the draft is much smaller you
know we have draft of 1.4 1.5 meters whereas in order to achieve same
balancing counterweight you need like a 2 meter draft of this boat. So if you
want to go in shallow waters a long keel is definitely better but on the other
hand this boat is much faster it’s much faster design and also it is much better
maneuverable especially in the reverse well we’re not in a hurry Imagine… I mean the boat is 44 years
old it only had three owners and this says something about the boat right yeah
I mean if the boat wouldn’t be good if the owners wouldn’t like the boat, they would get rid of it after one to three years but nobody
would keep the boat like for thirty years ten years and at the first owner
I mean his son we met yesterday he sold it to his own sailing club to let newbies get acquainted with sailing so I think that says something about a character of this boat.
It was really cool how they were talking about how Seefalke was the
star of the sailing club. I remember when we sailed Seefalke
from Bremen to Stralsund, that in the area of Bremen like Bremerhafen, Cuxhafen, Helgoland, Seefalke was a celebrity just because the coloring and because of
you know the personalities of the VBS sailing club. Seefalke, everywhere we
came in the North Sea you know somebody was there who knew Seefalke. I
thought it was cool how they said they were so happy we didn’t paint her how we kept that bright orange color and I said the same thing I mean Bernd
the same thing he at first hated yeah he hated it really badly and later he started to love it that he didn’t want anything different anymore. I love how no matter what marina we’re in we can always spot Seefalke.

8 thoughts on “BOAT TOUR of SV SEEFALKE [Steel Ship Built for Blue Water Sailing] // Sailors & Seadogs

  1. Guys this is the best in depth boat tour on YT ! You explain why things are in in a place and there is a place for everything. Just love them pooches! Same as us they have their own space. We are now really ashamed of our boat tour and are going to have to update it! Well it was just for friends, family and our sailing club. Cracking Video. Just love the way you guys are so natural and tell it how it is. On a different note we put out "Plastic in our seas" a few days ago, Take up our challenge and we will share, promote and comment. Love your output, special treats to the pooches. Sail safe. Ant & Cid xxx

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