My life has been revolving around boats these past few weeks. I have even been sailing in my dreams. Thus, I want to introduce you to our new sailing boat – s/y Felicia.
The name came with the boat. They say it’s not a good idea to change a boat’s name, as apparently it will bring nothing but bad luck and make the boating experience something that one will just want to forget forever. So, as she is our first sailing boat, I think it’s best not to push our luck, so we are sticking with Felicia!
Felicia is a Sunwind 311. She’s a Finnish boat built in 1989. The model was designed by Swedish Tord Sundén in 1988. Felicia’s length is 9,40 meters and her draft is 1,60 m. We are her fourth owners.
The interior is teak which gives a vintage feel about it. The saloon is nice and roomy (at least it still seems like it, hehe) but the upholstery isn’t really to my liking. I am also not a fan of the color of the curtains but they will do for now. Fortunately it’s not too bad, and my pillows and throws still go very well with it.
On both sides you have cabinets where to store food supplies or tableware. There are even two cupboards that go right down to the floor and these can be utilised to dry wet sailing gear, as you can hang them on the railing inside. Even the sofa backrests have space to store stuff and of course you will find compartments under the seats too. The table folds up for when you want to eat inside.
The navigation table is nice and big. Don’t laugh at the radio which looks like something from the Soviet Union. It seems to be very durable – they just don’t make electronics like that these days.
The galley is very important. There’s a gas burner and oven; and a small fridge.
As you can see, I’m really into stars and blue when it comes to decorating Felicia.
The door marked “Captain” actually takes you to the guest berth.
There you will find a small cabinet to store stuff.
It fits two people but in my opinion it’s really only comfortable for one as the second sleeping place could feel quite claustrophobic.
Then, the v-berth, which easily sleeps two. That ugly tube on the left is part of the heating system – it blows warm air. Heating is very important this time of year but I’m sure (at least I hope) it won’t be needed in summer. I have stocked the boat with wooly socks for those cold evenings though.
I’m sure you weren’t expecting a picture of the toilet – which apparently is called a head in sailing speak. But as I’m very excited to finally be an owner of a boat with a head (it’s essential let me assure you) – I just have to show it to you. Inside, you can hang your lifejackets on the rail in the inset at the back.
I am sure Felicia has many more amazing features but as I’m still a novice, I cannot go on about them yet.
Sailing has never been something I have aspired to do. After a one week sailing trip to the Turku archipelago when it rained almost every day and was frightfully cold, I swore I would never sail again. But life is short. What I’ve learned in the last few years is that you should not be afraid to jump out of your comfort zone – who knows what adventures await. I look forward to finding out where cruising Felicia takes us and what new things she teaches me in the process!
Do you have a boat? Are you a fan of sailing?