As living space meanwhile turned out to be too small in our beloved expedition sail boat called MILVA, a Varianta 18 (VA18) by Dehler Yachts built in 2011, we decided to sell it. The sail boat is actually a weekender or day cruiser, the perfect boat for beginners, with aftswept spreaders, that allows an uncomplicated rig without backstay and makes sailing even more simple. The VA18 pretty fast for racing, especially at downwind (run). We used it however once for a sabbatical of 2 months in the Netherlands, and equipped the 18feet boat accordingly.
The boat is currently located in Stockholm archipelago, but can be brought anywhere in Europe with its trailer, that is built especially for fitting the VA18.
The boat (hull-no. #131) is in good shape, as it has only been used for 1-2 seasons of racing, the sabbatical in 2015, and two weeks at its current Location in Sweden. MILVA VA18 was fully equipped in 2015, including gennaker kit, extra comfortable matrasses, sprayhood, main Drop system, covers and the trailer. Due to theft of the outboard engine, a new Mercury 5HP engine was acquired in 2017, but only used in 2019.
Model: Varianta 18
Manufacturer: Dehler Yachts GmbH
Category: Day Cruiser
Year of construction: 2011
Full Equipment of boat: 2015 / 2017 / 2019
Cabins / Berths : 1 / 2
Length Waterline: 4,78
Draft: 1,15m standard T-shaped keel
Sails area: 21,5 sqm
Mast Length over waterline: 9,15m
Deck Stepped 7/8 fractional aluminium mast Z-Spars
Weight: 910kg (empty)
VA18 original sails:
Main sail with VA18 logo: 14,5 sqm
Headsail/ Jib 106%: 7,5 sqm + furler Furlex 50S
Gennaker (red): 29 sqm
Rectracable Aluminium gennaker pole
Sunbrella Covers (grey)
– Jib Cover
– Mainsail Cover + Main Drop System
– Frog Sails ‘Poppy’ Soft deck
Outboard Engine: Mercury F5 MLH Sailpower 5 HP (2017)
Outboard bracket, Swim Ladder, bow fender, 4 fenders, mooring lines with Shock absorber, boat hook, anchor with chain, 2 paddles, storage bags and boxes inside
Original VA18 red colored upholstery (extra comfortable, 6 pieces)
NASA Clipper Tactical Wind System
NASA Clipper Duet – combine Speed/distance log and echo sounder
Allround light Mast top white
Philippi LAE 220 Shore power connection
plug socket, 25m shore power cable, Switching Unit 12V,
CTEK battery charger, new battery (2019)
Trailer with 100 km/h approval (constructed in 2015, inspection certificate until 8/2020
Ever had a mast fall down? My friend having sailed out my Dehler Varianta 18 in Stockholms archipelago in my absence recently. Something, that must never happen, happened. I couldn’t almost believe what he was telling me the other day, luckily he is a very experienced sailor who had dealt with worse things than this one, but if it happened to me I guess I would have issued a PAN PAN to all stations (if I had a radio though…).
The boat, built in 2011 while the Dehler wharf was still building the VA18, is equipped with a Seldén Furlex 50 furling system, that according to the previous owner of my boat was already attached with the forestay. To be honest, it never came to my mind to read the manual (that I did not have) of the Furlex, as all I needed to know was how to attach the Furlex to the boat and set up the mast. Well, according to the manual, the screw to the terminal is supposed to be permantly locked by having applied some drops of locking adhesive before screwing it to the terminal and tighten it securly. Either this step has been missed in the wharf, or the locking adhesive my get old with a few years.
So, sailors – watch out and check the screws that you may not even have known they exist.
N 59° 18′ 2.5″ E 018° 43′ 54.1″ Rå-Bocken + Bränning 6.5 nmBullandö Marina – Djuröbron – Runö – Marskär
Weather: cloudy, 5 – 9 m/s (wind gusts) wind force North East, outside temperature around 15 – 18 °C , water temperature ~ 11°C
N 59° 17′ 51″ E 018° 39′ 7″ | Bullandö Marina , Stockholms SkärgårdSjösättningstid: 17/05/2019 12:55
MILVAs ursprüngliche Bestimmung war von Beginn an, auch mal bei Allsång på Skansen mitzusingen. Daher bewarben wir uns im Januar 2017 beim Eurovision Song Contest in Schweden für einen Auftritt im Stockholmer Schärengarten. Die Konkurrenz war groß. Bei anfänglichem Wartelistenplatz # 787 rückte MILVA binnen einem Jahr in die 600er Zone auf, und da hatte ein Hafenmeister Mitleid mit den 18 Fuß Oberweite und 1,15 Tiefgang, dass sie in die Finalauswahl aufrückte.
Nach einigen notwendigen Vorbereitungen, wie dem TÜV für den bereits drei Jahre alten Trailer, (bei dem wir durchaus etwas dazulernten und halsbrecherische Manöver fuhren, die bei nicht festgezurrten Spanngurten das Überfliegen der MILVA über den blauen Herrn OVLOV, unseren gebliebten blauen Rebellen Volvo V60, zur Folge gehabt hätte), gings am 12.August, einem Sonntag zwecks der Verkehrslage Richtung Norden, los Richtung Bullandö.
„If there’s more than one possible outcome of not getting your boat out of the water before onset of winter, and one of those outcomes will result in disaster or an undesirable consequence, then someway it will end up that way.“
An example of applied Murphys Law. Personal circumstances and some kind of procrastination were leading to the fact that my little sailyacht MILVA18 – who definitely is not built for an expedition to Antarctica – had to stay all winter long in her berth. Due to very low water level already in beginning of December, there was no way to get her with 1,15m draught into the wharf for craning at level 0,5m. Surely, exactly this winter is supposed to become a tought one.
Any ideas to prevent her from damage are more than welcome.