Long time no see

It’s been a long time since I have been on the boat, but now finally the time has come to start work again.

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It’s been a long time since I have been on the boat, but now finally the time has come to start work again. I’ve filled my car with new floorboards, toilet, repaired stainless steel fuel tank, new pipes, exhaust system, tools… and went to Vrsar. I worked alone for four days and managed to get some work done, but I also discovered some more problems that I didn’t know I have. For example, I have to find a way to lock a fuel tank in an optimum position, I need a new fuel filter, a few new floorboards… However, I did manage to get some work done, but since I was on my own, I only took one picture, before I started…

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Payoff

The time has come for me to pay the balance for the boat and finally sign the contract. I borrowed some money, so I can become a boat owner and now I hope that this is only the beginning of a beautiful friendship:)…

The time has come for me to pay the balance for the boat and finally sign the contract. I borrowed some money, so I can become a boat owner and now I hope that this is only the beginning of a beautiful friendship:)…

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Every little helps

It’s been a while now since I returned home to Zagreb and I am getting a bit frustrated because everything seems to be happening very slowly, but my friends are trying to help me.

It’s been a while now since I returned home to Zagreb and I am getting a bit frustrated because everything seems to be happening very slowly, but my friends are trying to help me.

Maja bought a new Croatian flag, info chart, teak oil, polishing paste for stainless steel and a cleaner for the water tank, Zoran was in Vrsar the other day and noticed that one of the stern lines snapped, so he replaced it and said that he will pump out the water from the bilges, I was in Rijeka with Elvis and we bought a new exhaust pipe for the engine, gelcoat filler and a new windex and we ordered a new stainless steel fuel tank.

The progress is slow… but every little helps. 🙂

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Good old boat

HIR 3 is definitely a good old boat. She was build to last and she proved bulletproof too:)

Back in the day, boats were built to last and the main requirement was that she had to be seaworthy. Now, most shipyards (with few exceptions, of course) build boats that have to be cheap, light, fast, pretty and have accommodation for a lot of people. Build quality and seaworthiness unfortunately belong to the past and are now synonyms for good old boats.

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HIR 3 is definitely a good old boat 🙂 The hull is made of thick solid laminate that shows no signs of osmosis, has a lead keel connected to the hull with twelve stainless steel plates and a full skeg to protect the rudder. She has an oversized 15-meter keel stepped mast with backstay, running backstays, baby stay and double spreaders that end up on a stainless steel plate on two bulkheads connected to a 2.5 ton keel made of lead with added antimony for stiffness. There are eight oversized winches (on a 34 foot boat!), two large travelers on each side for the genoa and one on the coachroof for the mainsail. All the bulkheads and main frames in the interior as well as her tiller are made of solid teak. In the galley and in the salon there are boxes for plates, glasses, cups and bottles, and one special for a bottle of Jack Daniels:)

She was build to last and she proved bulletproof too:)

True colors

I finally decided that it was the time to start painting the interior. I just couldn’t watch the boat like that anymore, so I had to do it to boost my moral:)

I finally decided that it was the time to start painting the interior. There might be more important jobs to do, but I had to make the cabin more appealing. I just couldn’t watch the boat like that anymore, so I had to do it to boost my moral:)

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I‘ve put on my working clothes, mask and gloves and then I started… First I put one coat of primer, which actually bleached the wood, and then another coat. After that I painted it and finally I varnished the wood.

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It was really a difficult job to do, because even though I opened all the hatches and windows and in spite of the fact that I had a mask on all the time, I just couldn’t stay inside for more than half an hour at the time because of all the (probably toxic) evaporation from the paint. The only real joy was the swim I took at the end of every day.

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It was a long and painful process, but it had to be done… The only problem was that when I was finished, it all looked much better, except the bilges that looked simply awful, so although I didn’t plan to do it, I then painted the bilges too.

I know that there is still a lot of work to be done, but I think she looks much better now… 🙂

5 reasons why I bought a boat

It’s really difficult to rationalize a boat purchase, but when you spend all that money on something (and this is only the beginning), you just have to justify it to yourself somehow. For your own mental health and peace of mind.
Size, type, model, price, equipment, condition, location… all of that is irrelevant. You just have to fall in love with her! 🙂

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It’s really difficult to rationalize a boat purchase, but when you spend all that money on something (and this is only the beginning), you just have to justify it to yourself somehow. For your own mental health and peace of mind… so my top 5 reasons why I bought a boat are…

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5. Investment. Believe it or not, buying a boat is the best investment in the World. You are always gambling with your money whatever you do. Stock market, real-estate market crash, cars lose value fast, so the only money that is actually yours is the one you have already spent. I invested in something I love, so I’m thinking it’s a safe investment. Buying a boat is really the only smart thing you can do with your money 🙂

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4. Lifestyle. Living on the boat, or at least spending a lot of time on the water is the best lifestyle I can imagine. A boat will not just take you to many beautiful places where otherwise you couldn’t have gone, but she will do it in style… Owning a boat is also very cool. You can invite friends or business partners, or even make new friends 🙂

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3. Health. Spending time on the water is good for your health, both physical and mental. You can really relax and unwind while sailing on the boat far away from everything and everyone. It’s a healthy way of living. You can even exercise and drink beer at the same time 🙂

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2. Fun. Sailing is the most fun you can ever have (besides sex, of course)… and you can even share the experience with your crew. You can really get in touch with nature, sea, waves and the wind. It gives you freedom not only to sail away, but also to have fun while doing it.

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1. Love. Well, it’s really the best reason to do anything and everything, isn’t it? To be completely honest, I have to admit that the previous four reasons were just my attempt to justify myself, but the truth is that you simply have love boats and sailing. That’s all there is to it.

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One final advice for people who are considering to buy a boat: Size, type, model, price, equipment, condition, location… all of that is irrelevant. You just have to fall in love with her! 🙂

Bulletproof

The boat was moored in ACY marina in Dubrovnik when the war in Croatia started. There were 286 bullet holes in the hull! This was one of the antiaircraft bullets that was found in the bulkhead. She proved to be bulletproof…

I have found a bullet when I was cleaning the bilge. It was a big one! It had small screws, so it was obvious that it was a ‘souvenir’ that was mounted on the bulkhead.

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The boat was moored in ACY marina in Dubrovnik when the war in Croatia started. The whole town and the marina were surrounded and heavily bombed. Mladen Šutej negotiated and got a permission to enter the marina and leave with a boat before marina was occupied when all of the boats were destroyed.

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There were 286 bullet holes in the hull! But Mladen Šutej assured me that everything was carefully repaired. This was one of the antiaircraft bullets that was found in the bulkhead.

She proved to be bulletproof… 🙂