About me

Born in Germany and grown up in Greece directly by the sea, I learned sailing quite early in my life. The first boat was a converted wooden rowing boat which was not a “sailing” dinghy at all. I had sewed the sails myself and they were flat as blankets. Although it wasn’t possible to sail close hauled and tacking angle must have been something like 150°, I had a lot of fun. Some years later my brother and I got a “Wildflower” which was made for sailing on a lake at F4 max. Reefing was not possible. We sailed that dinghy at F6+ which was definitely too much for the construction, until the mast broke through the hull. We repaired it and went on. Finally we got a real sailing racer, a Parker 505. I didn’t enjoy that one much because I moved to Germany a bit later for studying. Once there I started taking courses and “collecting” licenses: A, BR, SKS, SBF See, SBF Binnen, SRC and UBI… crazy. So many licenses but sailing can only be leaned by doing. I started chartering yachts and going sailing with friends. I have sailed in Greece, the Caribbean, the Canaries, the Baltic, the North Sea and English Channel and now I am writing this, I am rounding Europe on my own boat. What a great feeling!

About me - fofi
1970 – this is the boat that was converted into a sailing boat

About me - 505
1981 – 505 sailing with my brother

About me - 1st time Skipper
1987 – 1st time charter skipper in the Aegean Sea on a van de Stadt 34

About me - On the way to Cabo de Sao Vincente
2015 – Rounding Europe – Portuguese Atlantic coast

About me - Gibraltar
2015 – Rounding Europe – Arriving in Gibraltar

14 Replies to “About me”

  1. Hey Ewald,

    I am happy to see that you could make your dream come true.

    I wish you all the best.

    Maybe there will be a chance for me to join sometime.

    Best regards (…und immer eine Handbreit Wasser unterm Kiel…),

    Kenny

  2. Great blog! I used to own a 352, loved it so much that when we upsized two years ago we bought the same boat but bigger (Hr 42e).

    Let me know if you ever come to Stockholm :)

    Found your blog when googling info for disensaamble the rudder. Next Winters projekt for me. Very impressed with your work.

    Best,
    Jakob

    1. Hi Jacob,
      Welcome on my blog and thanks for your comment! I like the 42e too, great boat, amazing flush deck. The ketch with the hardtop would be my choice. For the time being Matilda is located in Greece as you know but I am planning to do a Baltic circle in a few years, so who knows, Stockholm will be on the way :)
      The rudder reinstallation by the way, is not as straight forward as described by HR … Aligning the lower hinge part that sits on the skeg to be in line with the rudder shaft axis was not possible (I made myself an adaptor on the lathe
      in order to accomplish this task but more later in the blog). I did the best I could and I thought it was ok but when I mounted the rudder, I found that it was jamming when turned more than 20 deg to portside. I experimented a lot and finally found a solution that worked with all screws tightly fixed. I am back in Germany now and will follow up the work in about 4 weeks. Still have to update the blog thought…
      Always fair winds! Evan

  3. i’m really glad I found your blog – I need to tackle the cutlass bearing on my 352 soon. Your post has been very useful and I will refer back to it before I start. I’m envious of the condition of Matilda – the bilge, rudder and shaft area look clean and in great condition. I hope to have Wanda looking as good soon.
    Thanks & good luck with further repairs.
    Richard
    http://www.aboatcalledwanda.com

    1. Hi Richard, any question you have, just ask me. I am happy to share my experience. It’s always helpfull to know another boatowner with the same boat :-) Compared to your work on Wanda, what I am doing is just maintenance. I am watching your YouTube videos regularly. Do you have access to any professionals there that you could ask for advice? Would they seal the housing thread of the cutlass bearing when reinstalling and what sealant would they use? Good luck with the restoration of Wanda, I am sure she is going to look gorgeous when finished.

  4. Hi, congrats for Website, is really beautiful and useful. So, I am ownership of Bavaria 36, based in Porto Conte Alghero. Last year during my Sardinia round trip I met 3 italian guys on HR 352. From that moment I changed my idea, my vision of the sailing boat. She is so beautiful and so marine. My vision was that this boat is all around with the sea. So, now I am going to sell my boat….to get a 352. I kindly ask you some support/suggestion about it. I thank you in advance. With warm regards. Roberto Furlan

    1. Hi Roberto,
      Thanks and welcome to my blog. Yes, the HR 352 is a nice boat with classical lines, seaworthy and comfortable at sea. HR has changed the 352 a few times over the production period of 10 years. First models had the shorter mast with one spreader, wire halyards and a lower freeboard. From about build year 1985 (hull number ~350) they changed all locker doors into louvre doors which provides ventilation and looks nicer. They also raised the freeboard slightly (about 2 cm) and changed the companionway. They also moved the switching board from behind the nav seat to the locker door side. Shortly after that they changed the engine from the old very reliable Volvo Penta MD21B (which was based on the Peugeot Indenor engine) into a 3 cylinder turbo charged Volvo Penta 2003T. For that engine you won’t find too many good things on the internet and it is supposed to be smoky. That said, I know a few that are still in service after 35 years. Some years later they have increased freeboard again and the interior was also upgraded slightly.
      If I was to buy one again, the ideal one (but also the most expensive one) for me would be one of the latest build numbers but with a new engine (replacement of the 4003T), the longer mast with full batten main (no main roller furling) and a renewed teak deck. For a lower budget I wound go for one with the old MD21B engine but the raised freeboard with louvre doors and the relocated switching board.
      What should you look for when inspecting one?… Teak decks are often an issue after 35 years and expensive to replace (about 20k EUR). The deck core material is not a problem area because HR had used closed cells foam and not balsa as many other yards did. You will find that many have the lower rudder bearing worn and there will be a play of a few mm (see my blog). This is not a safety issue and can be left as is in most cases for a few more decades. Leaking windows can be an issue especially if the boat was located in the Med (UV dries out the silicone sealing). Often the sea cogs are neglected and you would have to replace all of them (make sure you get bronze or DZR ones). Check the diesel tank for diesel bugs. The hull windows could be ordered fixed or opening. Mine are fixed, except of the ones in the aft cabin. This is recommended because if you leave the other ones open, you could sink your boat (especially the 2nd and 3rd are often below water when sailing close to).
      I wish you good luck with your search. I was lucky to find Matilda where the teak was professionally removed and mast, hatches, and engine were renewed.
      Just contact me if you have more questions.

  5. Dear Evan.
    Herewith I send you my changed E-mail address.
    skipper.guus@gmail.com
    I hope to hear your experiences with Mathilde again soon.
    Corry and I are doing well, I am installing a new engine in Juno, this is almost completed.
    Kind regards,
    Guus en Corry van de Wouw.

    1. Hello Guus and Corry, nice to hear from you. I thought Juno was a newer build and I was a bit surprised that it needs a new engine but nevertheless, there will be a reason. I hope everything goes well. As you have probably read (although the blog is not always up to date) Matilda is still on the hard. I finished many things and the last to be installed is the rudder. I did apply a few layers of Hempels Lite Primer at the skeg and I am doing the same with the rudder. When I am back in Greece I will do the final layer, apply antifouling and put it back in place. I am confident that I will get it right (was almost there… ). I have a question by the way concerning the hull windows. On some the silicone became brittle and there is the danger that they could fall out. I have to re-bed them. I noticed that the one at the bow starboard side was renewed. No idea if you had done it. If yes, is it right that it is glass? …and what sealant was used? There is so much different information about windows and sealing on the web… quite confusing. This window seems properly done and I would like to do the others the same. Allways fair winds, Evan

  6. Thank you for sharing your experience and boatprojects.
    I have bought a HR38 and doing a refit and it is great to see what you have done so far it does help a lot. I might come back to you with some questions as I am doing a osmosis treatment and working on the rudder.

    I am from Germany and my boat is in Netherlands.
    I would appreciate and comments and recommendations on my instagram account as I don’t have my own homepage at the moment.
    Thank you

    1. Hello Ibrahim and welcome to my blog. Congratulations on your HR38. Nice boat, a bit like a HR352 on steroids :-) I have not heart of any HRs from that era that had problems with osmosis. I had a look at your instagram account; you are doing a great job! The rudder was not straight forward and if I could do it again from the beginning I would do it a bit differently saving me a lot of headache and time. Nevertheless, as I could see you have come a long way with the rudder and I suppose you don’t need any advice any more :-) I also live in Germany and Matilda was located in Holland too (Oosterschelde). I wish you good luck with your project! Cheers, capnevan

  7. What a great source of info on the HR. I am currently in negotiations for the same boat in the NL. It is one of the newer models on the market. Interestingly though it only has the single spreader mast although it is newer. First boat for the family, so I hope I am making the right choice here :-) But your blog is reassuring.

    It woul be great to get an estimate of the cost to reseal the deck like you did?

    I think it looks great!

    Daniel

    1. Hi Daniel,

      Thanks, I am happy sharing any information concerning the HR352. The web was a great help for me too when I was looking for a boat some years ago. The HR352 is a nice and safe family boat. Manouvering in the harbour is a bit of a pain but once you get her known it is less of a problem. You can turn her on the spot if you make use of the propeller effect and if things get a bit too “hairy” just put the gear in reverse and she will turn her stern gently into the wind and you have time to rething the situation.

      I dont think that the shorter mast is going to be a problem. The mast on my boat is somewhere in between the two used by HR because it was replaced. The main sail I am running is a bit too short (I suppose it is was not replaced when the previous owner changed the mast for a longer one) but is good quality with full battens. A few m2 more only make a difference in light winds anyway.

      Since the boat is located in Greece now, removing the teak deck, has a significant advantage by being cooler and also keeping the temperature below deck a bit lower. It was done by the previous owner Guus and he told me how.
      Here is what he wrote:

      After removal of the teak and a drying period, screw holes were sealed.
      Thereafter, 2 layers of glass mat over the entire deck.
      Shipyard Vlieger has primed and then painted the deck. The deck is painted with anti-slip paint of De IJssel.
      Web site: http://www.jachtwerfvlieger.nl/
      The technical man is Jan Huizer, a first-class professional.

      It sounds like a lot of work and it won’t be cheap but it will be a lot cheaper than replacing the whole teak deck.
      If I am not wrong, the job was a few thousand EUR. Paint is De IJssel Double Coat, colour is white/cream for the non antislip and a very pale graygreenish on the antislip areas.

      Good luck and lods of fun with your first family boat!

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