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Janna under sail with reefing jib and old mainsail



Email: syjanna@gmail.com

Phone (Malaysia): +60122513997

Skype: klubkonet or syjanna

1  We call her Janna

…as in arabic al’janna, which means “garden” as in the “Garden of Eden”…

You won’t need to spend months in a boat-yard. You can go cruising immediately, because we are cruising right now on this boat. You can step aboard as we step off.

We take a good care of our little boat. She’s a lovely home and a great performer at sea.

The equipment is minimalistic, but we rarely wished for more. We’ve put a lot of thought into transforming Janna into a cozy, but utilitarian vessel.

It is our home and an office.

We are the third owners and we are selling Janna for family reasons.

1.1      Significant features

These are the most important features that make Janna what she is (see more below).

She is a perfect home for a couple, however, four people will find comfortable berths on board. Two on the V-berth and two in the cabin. The cabin settee cushions fit nicely in the cockpit and you will spend many a night there.

1.1.1      Minimized routes for water ingress

We have kept only 3 seacocks (out of 10) – one for the seawater intake, one for the galley, which doubles as a port cockpit scupper drain, and one for the second cockpit scupper drain.

1.1.2      Confortable and safe galley, lots of storage space

The galley is well designed and we have never had water coming through the galley sink, even in foul weather. Two large storage lockers are right next to the galley sink.

We have converted the quarter-berth into another locker accessible from the cockpit and made special drains which keep the lockers dry in all weather.

We have also made a heavy-duty rail guard for the stove and the pots stay put even in bad weather. In really bad weather we cook in a pressure cooker (our most useful utensil).

There are two 5kg aluminum LPG cylinders on the deck. They usually last two and half months – but we cook a lot and bake regularly. The LPG is carried via a single high-pressure hose, thus minimizing the points of failure.

1.1.3      Efficient rigging

Previous owner added a strong 3’ stainless-steel bowsprit and a roller furling genoa. This allows for extremely easy wing and wing setup for downwind passages. The genoa is a real workhorse.

There is an inner forestay for hank on sails: light genoa for light winds and short tacking and reefing jib, which doubles as a storm jib. There’s another spare jib.

The virtually frictionless Cape Horn windvane will steer the boat on any point of sail, including downwind even in light winds. Maintenance is a piece of cake.

Halyards lead to the cockpit. This is great for single-handlers or your partner who can remain in the safety and comfort of the cockpit during the sail changes.

Only hank-on jib halyard ends at the mast, which makes it easy for the crew handling the jibs to control the sail. Occasionally we have used also a downhaul for the jibs, which makes pulling the sails down in strong winds safer.

We have ordered new large mainsail, with extended roach, as well as very light hank-on genoa. Both sails provide extra power and make short tacking in light winds very enjoyable.

1.1.4      Substantial ground tackle

Since we bought a 20kg Rocna, we’ve never dragged, even on a shorter scope. The chain is of prime quality, made by Acco. There are two more CQRs, spare piece of chain and about 200m of three-strand lines.

1.1.5      Spacious and save cockpit

A folding table fits in the cockpit and six people can enjoy a dinner in reasonable comfort. The cockpit is relatively deep and you will feel save even in foul conditions.

The cockpit sole can be lifted, which provides a great access to the engine room, which makes regular maintenance so much more enjoyable. Engine can be easily lifted out of the boat using the boom.

1.1.6      Everything is well documented

You can see our adventures and most work done on Janna on our blog http://www.klubko.net/en/ (or the Czech version which is more complete).

You can also visit our Google+ albums and click through to see the details.


2        Specification

Manufactured 1974
Hull no 57
Engine Volvo Penta, D1-30A, 1100 hours, commissioned 2006
Engine output (kW / HP) 20.9/28.4
Hull length 9.36 m / 30′ 9″ (+ cca 3’ bowsprit)
Length water line 7.50 m / 24′ 8″
Beam 2.87 m / 9′ 5″
Draft 1.40 m / 4′ 7″
Mast above waterline ~12m
Diesel tank 120 litres / 32 US gallon (+ 3x20l good quality jerry cans)
Water tank 160 litres / 43 US gallon (+ about 60l in assorted jerry cans)
Displacement 4 200 kg / 9 250 lbs
Keel weight 1 900 kg / 4 200 lbs
Thickness freeboard ~ 10mm
Thickness hull ~ 20mm
Thickness keel ~ 25mm


3        Equipment and improvements

Item                                            Year Details
Boom gallows 2013 Teak timber and SS 316 tubing. Provides great holding for crew on watch and a rest for boom while at port.
Bottom paint 2014 International Primocon + Micron Extra
Bulkheads 2014 Retabbed (re-glassed) to the hull using epoxy resin and fiberglass mat
Cockpit awning 2007 Large awning made of Sunbrella Plus for use in port
Cockpit coamings 2013 New teak for cockpit coaming under the winches.
Cockpit teak 2012 Rebuilt the teak in the cockpit, created a new locker. Added scuppers under the locker lids (2013).
Depth sounder 2009 Raymarine ST40 Bidata. Mounted inside of the hull for easy maintenance. Speed log included, but not installed.
Energy – batteries 2013 N70 starter battery, 225Ah house batteries (2x Trojan T-105 Plus). Charged separately via isolator switch.
Energy – solar panel ? 2x 75 Watt with ProStar regulator, solid source of energy
Energy – wind generator ? Air-X Marine. Great source of energy in stronger winds
Energy – wiring 2012, 2013 All tinned, marine grade wire (with very few exceptions). Bow navigation lights and wiring completely replaced in 2014
Engine 2006 Volvo Penta D1-30A, stern drive, three blade fixed propeller, 115A alternator
Engine – bed and mounts 2014 New Vetus K50 mounts and substantially reinforced engine bed
Engine – exhaust raiser 2011 SS 316, muffles sound and prevents water ingress
Engine – heat exchanger 2011 Replaced due to corrosion, caused by original faulty installation, which was resolved by the new exhaust raiser.
Engine – jerry cans 3x 20l high quality jerry cans for easy refueling
Engine – packing gland 2014 Replaced with original Volvo Penta part
Engine – prop shaft 2014 New shaft, SS304 1” and new cutlass bearing
Engine – seawater pump 2013 Replaced with original Volvo Penta part
Forward hatch 2012 New acrylic and gaskets
Galley – LPG 2009 2x 5kg Worthington horizontal aluminum cylinders mounted on the deck below the dinghy and connected with high pressure hose with only single connection bellow deck
Ground tackle new 2009
  • Acco Grade 40 Hot-Dip Galvanized High-Test Chain 5/16”, 65m + 35m (spare stored in the cockpit locker)
  • Rocna 20kg. Never dragged since we got her!
Ground tackle older ?
  • Manual windlass Lofrans Royal
  • Spare chain 10m
  • 2x 15lbs CQR anchors
  • Small Danforth for dinghy
Interior painting 2014 Ceiling, lockers, engine room
Life-line stanchions 2014 Replaced new, SS 316, more space on deck, no leaks, easy cleaning
Non-skid 2013 New non-skid on deck, International Perfection and Intergrip. Three overcoats: does not slip while kind to your bare knees.
Navigation –  paper charts Various Mostly SE Asia
Navigation 2009
  • 2x handheld Garmin GPS
  • Astra IIIB Sextant
Portlights 2012 Replaced gaskets. Very easy maintenance.
Rigging – blocks 2009
  • Most blocks replaced with Harken, couple of spares.
  • Mainsheet tackle 6:1 (Harken H2618 + H2604) and mainsail halyard 2:1 for easy handling
Rigging – bobstay 2014
  • SS 316 bobstay attachment
  • 8mm SS 316 wire rope 1×19
  • Sta-lok terminals
Rigging – chainplates 2013 Replaced all (but forestay) chainplates with new made of SS 316
Rigging – cleats 2013
  • All six cleats replaced with SS 316 cleats and substantial backing plate added
  • 2 Spinlock cam cleats for halyard in the cockpit (2012)
Rigging – running 2009 Cousin, mostly 10mm, all in great condition

  • Two sets of jib sheets
  • Genoa sheets
  • Mainsheet
  • Spinnaker sheets
  • Lots of spare lines
Rigging – standing 2009
  • Sta-Lok terminals
  • Sta-Lok 7mm 316 wire rope 1×19
Rigging – twin boomvang 2009 Blocks and lines. Works great as an instant preventer. Easily controlled from cockpit.
Roller reefing ? Furlex Mk II, in great shape, wire rope checked 2014/3
Safety – harnesses 2013 2 self-inflatable life jackets with harnesses
Safety – cabin sole 2013 New mahogany-like vinyl sole that just does not slip
Safety – fire extinguishers  2009 2 Kidde extinguishers
Safety – leecloths 2013 There is no quarter berth, but off-watch crew sleeps comfortably behind a lee-cloth on either side of the saloon.
Safety – lifejackets ? 2 lifejackets
Safety – navigation lights 2009 Three navigations lights and mast top anchor and tricolor light
Sailing dinghy 2009 Walker Bay 8’ with sailing rig and oars, stowed on the coach roof under the boom. Easily lowered or hoisted with a 4:1 tackle attached to the main halyard.
Sails – new 2013 100% hank-on reefing jib, UK Halsey (commissioned 2009, rarely used)135% 5oz light wind hank-on genoa, crosscut TNF Dacron, 26.18 m2, UK HalseyMainsail – crosscut 7.2oz TNF Dacron, large roach, full battens, loose foot, 3 reefs, 22.34 m2, UK Halsey
Sails – older cca 2005
  • 135% Genoa – roller-reefing, Rolley Tasker, 7oz, 31sqm
  • Spinnaker (+ spinnaker pole)
  • Gennaker
Self-steering – electrical 2014 Simrad tiller pilot, low power consumption, very reliable
Self-steering – windvane 2012 Cape Horn, www.capehorn.com
Sewing machine ? Old straight-stich household Singer capable of handling most canvas on Janna
Spare parts A lot of stuff. Gusher 10 repair kit, wide range or bolts and screws, heat exchanger thermostat, belts, various propane fittings, spare hose from cylinders to the stove and more
Stove 2009 Force 10, four-burner with added heavy-duty rail guard. Not gimbaled, but with larger pot or pressure-cooker works great even in heavy weather.
Toilet Failsafe bucket ‘n’ chuck it system. Original mounting platform has been preserved and toilet can be easily installed during a haul-out.
Toolbox(es) 2009-2014 Everything the boat needs: mechanical, electrical (including large crimper for battery cables), engine, basic woodworking, lots of nuts and bolts and miscellaneous spare parts for various repairs
Topsides 2014 International Perfection two-part polyurethane, white
  • Mounted Sailor RT2048 – with an old telephone like receiver which makes communication so much easier even in cockpit with engine on
  • Handheld – Raymarine 101 with charger (2009)
  • Spare new Navman VHF 7100 with DSC, not installed
VHF – AIS ? GME GX558A, converted into an AIS receiver. Connects to a computer via USB.
Ventilation 2013 Watertight Air-onlyhttp://www.air-onlyventilators.com/air-only-dorade



  • Engine shop manual and parts catalogue (both printed and digital)
  • Manuals for all essential equipment (printed or digital)
  • Lots of spare lines, new and old

We will gladly deliver the boat on reasonable terms to a reasonably distant location :)


Get in touch if you are interested.

Email: syjanna@gmail.com

Phone (Malaysia): +60122513997

Skype: klubkonet or syjanna

Kudat to Kuching: A Rainy End to a Spellbound Voyage II

Leaving on a Friday is said to be inauspicious, but we were only sailing some 30 miles to a small island Pulau Tiga, where we planned to anchor for the night before crossing to Labuan, which lies some 40 miles SW of Tiga. That day we finally had strong enough wind to shut down the engine and sail, though of course the wind was once again against us… The weather reports predicted squalls and heavy rain, and sure enough, short after we made it to Tiga and dropped the anchor, the first squall hit us. Our hopes of sleeping in the cockpit were quickly abandoned as we hid ourselves inside the cabin from where we watched the terrifying lightings that were hitting the sea all around us. While amidst one of my melancholic broodings I tried reading a book, Petr busied himself reassembling our tiller pilot to see if the repaired circuit brings it back to life. Unfortunately the miracle didn’t happen and we had to face the gruesome fact that we would have to hand steer while motoring all the way to Singapore where we could buy a new tiller pilot. Yet we were not desperate, because at that point we were still hoping to see some of those monsoon winds?!


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Hunting for Materials

It’s been several days now since we lifted our engine out of the boat and put it on the pontoon next to us. Yet we are still in the process of material hunting. Currently we are shopping for new engine mounts, some SS to modify the current engine bed and after we found out that a new damping plate (between the gearbox and flywheel) plus shipping would cost us some 800 USD, we also added 4 small rubber cones to our list – after all it’s only these small rubber thingies that are broken.

We haven’t had much luck in Kudat so far. Luckily we live in the internet era. We easily found several engine mount dealers, some of them in Asia (mostly based in Singapore) and some in Europe, where we bought engine parts for our Volvo before. However, it seems that we will actually order our new engine mounts from a US internet chandlery go2marine.com. They are relatively cheap and the mounts will be sent by UPS, so could be here within a week or so.

As for the rubber cones for the damping plate, we decided to send them to Taiwan. In Kaohsiung there is an excellent shop where we always bought hoses, gaskets and other rubber materials. They also do custom work and since we have a sample – luckily one of the cones is more or less intact – we hope they would be able to find us the same material and make us new cones.

Now we are searching for some steel to modify our engine bed. In the afternoon we go to a Mr. Chin’s workshop – a local Chinese machinist, who promised to try to find us  some steel angle and also some 316 SS for our new shaft. The advantage with Mr. Chin is that we can speak Chinese to him. Most of the Malays speak some basic English but it’s not enough to discuss technical stuff with them. Hopefully Mr. Chin’s hunt will be successful, otherwise we would have to go to Kota Kinabalu and try our luck there. Which actually is not such a big deal either, since we could also do some provisioning while down there.

Meanwhile the weather is still quite crazy. The constant downpours keep us inside the boat most of the time and so although we are currently trapped in Kudat once again, we console ourselves knowing that even if we could leave, the weather would still keep us right where we are. There are 2 new lows next to the Philippines, one of them was just upgraded to tropical depression and the other one has now 30-50% potential of becoming a significant cyclone. It sure is another rather busy typhoon season in SE Asia…

Current Graphical Analysis of the Weather in the Region

Current Graphical Analysis of the Weather in the Region


OpenCPN on Windows 8

We got very fond of our iPad 2. Small, fast to start, last couple of ours of typing. Love it. Except that it does not run our Windows applications like dictionaries, Office and such. Thus we when we visited Taiwan, we bought ourselves Asus VivoTab Smart tablet with Windows 8.

Main excuse for this expense was so that we can write without turning on our laptops. The second one was, that we can run OpenCPN and have instant navigation tool other than Navionics on iPad.

OpenCPN on Windows 8 tablet

OpenCPN on Windows 8 tablet

The only trouble is, that Microsoft decided to wrap the internal GPS with an API that many application don’t know (including some sold by Microsoft!). There is a $15 solution, but it doesn’t work as reliably as one would expect.

So I’ve decided to write a little TCP server that interfaces the Location API and sends NMEA sentences so that OpenCPN can read them.

More details here: https://bitbucket.org/petrsimon/geolocationtcp/wiki/Home

I’ve tested it briefly, seems to be working. We will test it at sea next week when we head down the west coast of Borneo. If it turns out to be usable, I will improve it and make a proper application out of it.

Let me know if it works for you.


We have a new, large roach mainsail, which significantly overlaps the topping lift and little bit the backstay too. After few trials, playing around with topping lift and pondering our options, we decided that we will make ourselves a boom-gallows. We wanted it for a long time anyway.

We were about to make a dodger, but the gallows idea got in the way and the dodger project was postponed. It didn’t take too long to convince ourselves that we are a tough bunch and that like the many other cruisers before us, also we will cross the oceans without the unsightly roof above the companionway.


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Not much has happened in the last few days, i.e. nothing worth telling a story about. We were concentrated on one thing only (not to mention translating of course): creating a new non-skid deck.

We were little reluctant to get into it, because we knew it will be slow and nasty work. The first phase for sure, because first we had to sand the old non-skid, which on our boat is a molded gelcoat. It’s 39 years old and especially the front deck was almost flat and was turning into a dangerous skating rink when wet.

We are planning to paint the whole boat, step by step, but it was imperative that we do the non-skid before our crossing to the Philippines, because most likely we are up for a bit of wave action. The north of South China Sea is well known for it.


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By Ferry To Qijin

I would like to brag in a macho way that we knew it all the time, but the truth is that Mr. Zhang talked us into taking our shaft out. His propeller is perfect, our shaft must be bent. We didn’t know what else to do, so we decided to take the shaft out and have him check it.

We were getting ready for a flood. The boat is in the water, you know. We covered the engine with a piece of canvas, I pulled from behind, Jana pushed from within the boat, but the shaft wouldn’t budge. Perhaps if we used a bit more force, but we didn’t want to try our luck and harm the cutless bearing. We’ve decided to have the prop checked first. We can take the shaft out in the Philippines on the hardstand if we find out that the vibrations were indeed caused by the propeller. In fact, Jana reported that she’s not afraid to take the shaft out anymore, that a lot of water comes when she takes the packing gland down, but that it’s manageable. Am I lucky man or what?

Engine room ready for an operation

Engine room ready for an operation

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Good by qTranslate, Long live Multisite

Writing a multilingual blog can be a pain. If you are online all the time, the options is not as bad. We used to like the qTranslate plugin. But the development seems to be lagging and from time to time it breaks the WordPress editor. Plugins like qTranslate have the advantage that you only need to worry about one site, one set of settings, language versions of you articles are connected by default. I was reluctant to move away from that. It was nice. But plugins like that cut deep into the guts of WordPress and cause problems.

Then WP 3.5 came, I forgot to check if qTranslate has been updated, did the update, which of course broke qTranslate. There’s a workaround, which you can find on the qTranslate forum. The fix was easy enough, now that we are sitting at a reasonably fast internet connection. But happens when we are sitting on some shitty connection? Even simple editing was troublesome with qTranslate. From time to time, the editor would not save your changes. The fix for that, I’ve learnt, is to switch to source editor. We simply need something simpler and more reliable. No offence meant.

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Offline multilingual posts with WordPress and qTranslate

Sometimes you feel like posting, including sharing a photo, but the signal is weak or non-existent. Those who write in one language only have an easy life. There’s quite a few offline blog editors for most of the common blogging platforms.

The trouble is when you want to write multilingual offline posts. No editor is ready for that. And since we are getting ready to cast off soon and will be without regular internet connection for days at a time, I started to look for a solution that would enable us to write full blog posts offline and upload them immediately when we get signal, without the need to login to WordPress admin environment and finalize the post for publishing as we did so far.

We want to write and we want to spend as little time formatting, uploading pictures etc.
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Help to rescue La Grace

La Grace grounded

La Grace grounded

La Grace, a rare replica of 18th century sailing ship was grounded on the Spanish coast and needs an urgent help. If the ship is not rescued within two weeks, the Spanish authorities take over.

You can help by a donation:

Account: La Grace

Acc. No: 240290748/0300


IBAN: CZ90 0300 0000 0002 4029 0748

Variable symbol: 26102012

If you have any questions, you can contact:

Dan Rosecký (Dan@lagrace.cz)

Lucie Forštová (Lucie@ifp-publishing.cz)

Jaroslav Foršt (jaroslav@ifp-publishing.cz).