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2007 Baltic Adventure
09/20/07
Summary of Ship's Log from Rauma, FINLAND to Ijmuiden, The NETHERLANDS - Summer 2007
   Date               Port              Log (nautical miles)   Engine hours               Comments
Sno' Dog
Ship's Log
Our 2007 Baltic Adventure came to an end on September 1st when we left Sno' Dog in Amsterdam and headed home to Hanover, NH.  I'd been in Europe since mid-June, but Nancy - and our boat - didn't arrive until the 5th of July.  Our adventure aboard Sno' Dog actually lasted an all-too-brief 57 days - about 8 weeks.  From our starting point in Rauma, we covered 1185 nautical miles (1365 statute miles) and we put 160 hours on our engines.  Our average speed was a leisurely 7.4 knots.  Discounting the 19 days we stayed in port, our average run was about 35 miles per day.

For me, the major high point of the trip was simply the adventure of it all!  Just making our way successfully through the islands of Finland, Åland and Sweden using a new and unique system of markers was very rewarding.  Our ports of call in Åland and Sweden were breathtakingly gorgeous.  I gather not all adventurers loved the Göta Canal, but we did.  There was some work involved in going the through the locks, but the rewards of scenery - and great stopping places - were well worth the effort.  Venturing into the castle moat at Vadstena - with inches to spare - and the castle at Läckö Slott were most memorable.  Other highlights for us were the town of Mölle in Sweden, Copenhagen and Aerøskøbing in Denmark, the Friesian islands - and just about every town we visited in Holland! (We do like Holland.)

Going into this trip, I was a bit apprehensive about how we'd fare with our strange-looking, beamy craft in an area where 99 of 100 pleasure boats are less than 4 meters (13 feet) wide.  I needn't have worried.  Amazingly, despite being there at the height of the (very short) season, at every single port we entered, we were always able to find dockage - and sometimes for a large group of us.  We were never turned away because of our beam - or for any other reason, for that matter.  People were generally exceptionally friendly and helpful; I can't remember a single negative experience.

I suppose the biggest negative was the relatively short time we had to accomplished all this.  If we did it again - which we definitely would - we'd try to allow at least another month for this trip.  That would have given us more time to explore the Finish coast, the Åland islands and the Swedish archipelago.  We might also have ventured north along the west coast of Sweden - headed toward Norway - which everyone told us was very scenic.  Another slight negative - much discussed - was the bad weather.  We had a lot of wind and rain.  Everywhere we went, people told us what bad weather they were having this summer; they all said we should have been there in May!  But really, besides spending a week in Gothenburg waiting for winds to subside, it had little effect on our trip.  You can see, by the hundreds of photos I took, that we did indeed have some pretty good weather as well. Plus, our PDQ offered plenty of protection from bad weather, we were seldom forced to don full foul weather attire.

It was certainly the trip of a lifetime!
Without our own boats, there's no way we could have made this amazing trip, I can't imagine any charter company allowing such an ambitious itinerary.  It's also hard to think of any other boat that could make this trip with such comfort, speed and economy.  Our total fuel consumption for the 1185 mile trip was 435 gallons; we averaged 2.7 nautical miles per gallon burning a mere 2.7 gallons per hour.                                                             
                                                                                
HMC 9/20/07
  5 July    Rauma, FINLAND               daily  cumulative       daily     cum.   PDQ's arrive aboard the Suomigracht
  5 July    Pederas J H, Rauma            2.2       2.2         1.1     1.1    First night aboard.  Filled fuel tanks.
  6 July    Jurmo, Åland Islands          48.1     50.3         5.7     6.8   
Sno' Dog followed the inside route
  7 July    Rodhamn, Åland I's.           47.2     97.5         4.5   11.3    Beautiful Island - all 7 boats together
  8 July    Mariehamn - W. Hrbr.         10.4     108          1.1   12.4    Pretty, turisty port. Dinner with group
  9 July    Mariehamn - W. Hrbr.           -        108            -     12.4   
Rhumb Line departed.  Fuel: 176 L.
10 July    Idö (Paradis I), SWEDEN   33.1     141          3.3   15.7    Calm crossing - mist on Swedish coast
11 July    Vaxholm                             41.1     182          4.1   19.8    Re-joined
Rhumb Line - with new crew
12 July    Stockholm                          10.2     192          1.2   21.0   
Vasahamen J H - near Vasa museum
13 July    Trosa                                 46.9     239          5.1   26.1    Western (inside rte) thru Södertaje
14 July    Söderköping                      57.7     297          6.1   32.2    Entered Göta Canal at Mem - 2 locks
15 July    Norsholm                           11.7     309          3.0   35.2    Göta Canal - Day 1, 6 locks, v pretty
16 July    Ljunsbro                            25.4     334          2.6   37.8    Göta Canal - Day 2, 10 locks
17 July    Vadstena                           25.4     359          5.0   42.8    Göta Canal - 3, tied up in castle moat!
18 July    Forsvik                              17.4     377          2.1   44.9    X'd Lk Vättern in 30-kt winds
19 July    Lyrestad                            25.7     402          5.6   50.5    Passed Hi-pt of canal, headed down
20 July    Lackö Slott - Castle           33.0     435          4.8   55.3    Another castle!
Fuel: (Sjödorp) 230 L.
21 July    Vänersborg                       35.8     471          4.2   59.5    Thru Spiken, south on Lk Vänern   
22 July    Gothenburg                       42.3     514          6.3   65.8    Down Trolhatte Canal 
Fuel: 292 L.
23 July -  29 July   Gothenburg           -        514            -     65.8    @
Lilla Bommen J H, waiting for winds
30 July    Varberg                             43.2     557          4.6   70.4    4-6 seas in the
Kattegat
31 July    Mölle                                  49.6     606          4.6   75.0    6-8 seas, glad to get into the harbor!
  1 Aug    Mölle                                     -        606           -     75.0     Very pretty town.
Intim rest. excellent!
  2 Aug    København, DENMARK      36.2     643          3.9   78.9    Passed Kronborg Castle, Helsingør
  3 Aug    København                            -        643           -     78.9    Good dockage in Christianhavns Canal
  4 Aug    Dragør                                12.0     655          1.8   80.7    Short run after another day in K'bhvn..
  5 Aug    Kalvehave                           39.7     694          3.9   84.6   
Fuel: 290 L. South along Sjæland cst
  6 Aug    Svendborg                         
60.3     755          5.3   89.9    Croosed the Store Baelt in calm seas
  7 Aug    Ærøskøbing                        12.7     767          1.9   91.8    Lovely short trip to the island of Ærø
  8 Aug    Ærøskøbing                           -        767            -    91.8    Stayed another day, rode bikes
  9 Aug    Maasholm, GERMANY        28.7     796          2.7   94.5    Sad to leave DK, but Maasholm pretty
10 Aug    Rendsburg                         37.7     834          4.7   99.2    Thru lock into Kiel Canal.
Fuel:
11 Aug    Cuxhaven                           48.7     882         
6.7 105.9    (Brunsbüttel) 282 L. Met other boats.
12 Aug    Langeoog                           50.2     933          4.7  110.6    Rough seas until inside Wangeroog
13 Aug    Norderney                          13.4     946          2.0  112.6    Extreme tides. Great place to bike.
14 Aug    Delftzijl, NETHERLANDS     32.7     979          3.1  115.7    Happy to be in Holland
15 Aug    Delftzijl                                   -        979          -     115.7    Calm water from here on...
16 Aug    Groningen                           13.8     992          3.0  118.7    Downtown tie-up in the
Oosterhaven
17 Aug    Groningen                              -        992           -     118.7    Rented a car, picked up Nancy's
18 Aug    Groningen                              -        992           -     118.7      parents at
Schiphol (Amsterdam)
19 Aug    Lauwersoog                         23.4   1015          4.8  123.5    Scenic trip thru the
Reitdiep         
20 Aug    Leeuwarden                         22.3   1038          4.3  127.8    Downtown tie-up with elect & water
21 Aug    Sneek                                  26.2   1064          5.3  133.1    Downtown tie-up with elect & water
22 Aug    Urk                                       27.4   1064          5.9  139.0    Thru Lemmer, another scenic town
23 Aug    Elberg                                  17.0   1108          2.3  142.3    Very pretty town with moat
24 Aug    Spakenburg                         20.2   1128          3.6  144.6    Downtown again - gorgeous!
25 Aug    Nieuwersluis a/d Vecht         25.6   1154          6.1  148.2    Thru Muiden, up the Vecht
26 Aug    Amsterdam -
Six Haven        13.8   1168          3.3  154.3    Our final destination - whew!
27 Aug - 31 Aug   Amsterdam                -      1168          0.2  154.5    Fwd Tank
1/4, Main still 1/2 full !
  1 Sept    Ijmuiden                               15.9  
1184          4.4  158.9    Loaded aboard m/v Slotergracht
17 Sept    Middletown, RI  USA               1.2   1185         0.4   159.3   Filed Fuel Tanks:
100.3 US gallons

Totals:    1185 nautical miles                  159.3 engine hours           435 gallons (US)  fuel  
Average Fuel Consumption:   2.73 gallons/hour       
Average Mileage: 2.72 nautical miles/gallon
Average Speed:   7.44 knots
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