On this site you can follow the adventures of the Wickström family during our sailing trip from Split, Croatia to Dunquerque, France. The sailing crew will be Martin, Emeli, Emma 4-years old and baby Freddi.

The story begins with the purchase of a boat. After reading several boat reviews from several different manufacturers, our choice fell on ELAN. This seems to be a good compromise between cost and quality.


Renovation work to be done

Oliver has been used in charter service since April -02 and needs to be renovated before being ready to host our family. Main work to be done is antifouling painting, new cushions, installation of holding tanks and engine maintenance. The agent from whom we bought the boat has promised to help us out with this, below the first picture of Oliver shows when he is lifted for the antifouling work.


Wickstrom familly
Nature park Krka
Wickstrom familly
Buying the boat

Searching the web to find this kind of boat led us down to Croatia. Begining of November 2006 we left Luxembourg to go down to Croatia and take a closer look on five ELAN 36 as well as some other interesting boats that could be of interest.
After 4 days of boat hunting, and a short visit to the famous nature park Krka we went back to Luxembourg with the intention of buying one of the ELAN 36 we had visited.
After signing the contract to buy Doris, we found out that she was already sold to someone else. Since none of the other 4 visited ELAN 36 where in a similar condition our choice finally fell on Oliver an ELAN 40.

The trip

The journey has three stages. First stage where the whole family will attend, starts March 20 in Split, Croatia and ends July 22 in Faro, Portugal. The second stage will be completed by Martin and his friends, leaving Faro July 23 and hopefully arriving to Dunkerque, France beginning of September. More detailed description of these stages can be found by clicking the buttons above. Clicking the picture button will take you to a collection of all picture galleries created during the trip. Finally, clicking on the last button takes you to the blog where you can state your opinions and tips about our trip or simply say hallo. Feel