The Flipper 640 DC was the first boat we owned. It was also the first boat to teach me how to handle the lines and my role when docking. Our Flipper also taught me to enjoy boating. This post is probably more for me than you. You see, this Spring we sold our Flipper.
Flipper is a Finnish boat brand made in the town of Kuopio. Finland actually has many great boatmakers, as many who went to the Boot Dusseldorf this year must’ve noticed. What I loved and still love about the Flipper is it’s appearance. As many might agree, it’s a very cool boat. The designer is Norwegian Espen Thorup – he sure knows style.
Our Flipper had a small cabin, big enough for two to sleep in. No head (ie. toilet) though!
The upholstery was really to my liking – the color and feel of it. I also liked the fold-out table even though it sometimes was in the way.
The motor was a Mercury 150. It sure went fast!
I must admit I shed a few tears when I visited our Flipper for the last time. Here’s a compilation of the great times we had during our two years together. The photos are from my old Istagram account and I apologize for the lopsided horizons – they are an eyesore I know!
Yeah, all geared up to go.
One of my favourite things about our Flipper was the speed.
I practiced driving the boat a bit but I was usually in charge of the lines.
We often took our Flipper out for an outing to my favourite pizzeria by the sea, Skiffer. With a sailing boat it won’t be as easy to just take it out and go to places like this.
The picture below was from a trip to my work’s recreation island. It was so sunny that we had to put the top up. And yes, you heard right. An island as a work benefit!
We visited Iso-Vasikkasaari island for day trips several times.
In Suomenlinna I managed somehow to fall off the dock when trying to reach for the boat. Into the icy cold water. In May. Oh yes. This picture was from a summer’s evening when the docking went much better.
A collage of a trip to Stora Herrö.
A break at Gåsgrund island.
Kaunissaari which means beautiful island. These days I’m very particular that my photos aren’t crooked like this, yikes.
These kinds of serene views and blue skies are the best.
We stayed two nights in Tallinn on the Flipper. It felt like camping as everything seemed to always be in the wrong place and bags had to be moved from here to there constantly. It only took us two hours to cross the Baltic Sea and be in another country!
Evening at Old City Marina, Tallinn. It was unbelievable how hot it was that summer. We were sweating all night.
Summer evenings in Finland are beautiful.
That reminds me, I haven’t been knitting for a while.
A perfect Finnish summer evening is finished off with a sauna.
Nine pm and the sun was still shining brightly.
Magical nights. I hope our Flipper has a nice family in Sweden – they will be in for a good time so hopefully they love the Flipper like I did.
Thank you for reading! Do you like boating or sailing? Would you rather have a motorboat or a sailing boat? We have now switched to sailing – you can read about our sailing boat here.