This ship can handle any storm

Two pirate aspirants joined us to explore life onboard FF Harry. Their plan was to spend a couple of days with us. They left this morning, having given us close to two weeks of their valuable time. As observant Captains it is our strong belief that they learned a bunch of new things about themselves, made some strong friendships and gained necessary knowledge about the world we live in. It wouldn’t surprise me the slightest bit if they both quit school and come back knocking in a few months.

FF Harry resting for a few hours on a small island in the middle of Vänern.

We are docked in Sjötorp. At the very start or the end of Göta Canal. This small little village seem to survive on visitors like ourselves. We are waiting for our colone to take is through this long waterway that eventually will take us to the open ocean. Tomorrow morning at 8:30 we will embark on this 5 day journey where we will average 40 kilometers every day out to the sea.

The last few days have been a lot of fun, but also a lot of work. We still need to rise quite a bit of cash for our new ship that is waiting for us a miles north of Stockholm. Many people have contributed and we are forever greatfull! At this moment we are at 11326 kroner and we have still a few weeks left before we are supposed to take over the ship. We are very confident about making this happen. But all help you can give us will take us a long way.

Please check out our fundraiser HERE and feel free to help us out with as much or a little as you can. Please don’t be shy, we really do need your help as soon as possible!


We met up with a new friend in Säffle. He had seen us from his car as we were sluicing down one of the locks of Dalslandscanal and invited us to visit his cabin for food and drinks. How could we say no.. Of course, there was this journey of crossing over from Åmål. We tried one time first but the waves was just way to high for our overloaded pirate-ship. But about four five hours and a couple of six-packs later the weather had cleared a little-bit and all we had to deal with was 1,5 meter waves and a bottle of gin. Usually we should be able to sail this distance in about an hour – we spent four hours and didn’t get into the harbour until midnight. Way too late for our friend Jens Petter.

Crewmate Varg had tried to put up his tent, but Gin decided this was good enough.

But the next morning he showed up during breakfast. The sluice was sadly closed for the season, but we left Harry alone and took a ride on Jens Petters boat. Besides: we planned to cross the infamous lake Vänern’s hard-to-ride waters at night, in hope that the winds would have calmed down enough for us to make a more pleasant crossing than the night before. We had a great time with our new friend, it was nice with a little execution with nice talks, time to reflect, good food and a plastic glass of wine.

The night crossing went well, but it took way longer than expected, so after about eight hours we decided it would be smart to rest for a few hours. We therefore made up camp on a rocky island about halfway across the lake. Of which most of we never saw anything. It was pitch dark and impossible to navigate by anything but our cellphone-draft. In the morning, after a nice little breakfast we ventured the rest of the way, and six hours later we anchored here; in Sjötorp.

The Captains prove once again, that anyone can sing.

Since the high season for the canal ended a few days ago, we are now in what is referred to as to booking season, meaning we are now waiting for our convoy, the first available. It was a little pricey, we paid 3560 kroner, about 350 euro to go all the way through. But then again, it is supposed to be an extremely beautiful journey, and we have been looking forward to it all summer long.

Best of luck to all you wonderful readers for the next few days. We’ll be back with the tale of Göta Canal as soon as possible. Probably with an update before we get all the way through.

Captain Jack

If you havent allready visited our fundraiser, this is a good time. Just click HERE and it will open in a new tab so it’s easy for you to keep reading ; )

Another chapter is over

We have gone through all of the Dalslands Canal. As per usual pirates work very hard wherever they go. This time it’s for real. We have to come up with 4000 euros within a couple of week in order to afford the ship we kind of already bought. In between putting up a little pirate show and selling our amazingly fantastic postcards (that all contributors get in the mail) we are trying to enjoy the wonderful nature we pass by. I’m happy to report that all our hard work, campaigning and show-making is paying off. We are at this moment at 9266 kroner (920 euro), meaning; we are a quarter of the way to our goal. And the nature is breathtaking.

Varg enjoying time on deck.

After weeks of working 14 hour days, 5 days a week it is nice to spend some time enjoying just transiting through Sweden. We do after all get to see some of the most beautiful nature northern Europe ever can come up with. The people are friendly, the weather is not what it has been all summer, but then – we are finally not being fried to crispy human bacon or washed out totally.

Captain Jack and Captain Simen talking to the lockkeeper.

The crew of five have been enjoying the journey these last couple of days. We have eaten well and gone through some very special waterways. So far the aqueduct in Håverud is probably the most special – it’s not everyday we get to drive FF Harry over a water-bridge. However, there is a lot of beautiful places to sluice in this now 150 year old waterway. And if you ever have the chance we highly recommend making the trip.

Waiting at the very top of the Håverud locks.

Tonight we stay in Åmål. The chapter of Dalslands Canal is over. Next we’ll head for Göta Canal. But not until we are rested and ready to continue. Also, two of our crew members, Lone and Snorre, are disembarking in Åmål. Tomorrow morning they will sadly be gone. They are continuing with their second year at a Folkehøgskole in Hadeland. Left to take care of our ship will be me, Simen and Varg. I’m sure we’ll be fine, but we’ve had a great time with this crew. There is plenty of great moments to look back on. More and new crew is also joining in the near future – very much needed to help sell all the postcards we need for our new pirate ship.

One of the locks ready for FF Harry

It’s always a little sad whenever a chapter is closing in. Lucky for us – this is not the end of the story. So feel free to follow our journey, the blog and also on instagram. Add us to see pictures, check this site once in a while for updates and if interested you also find us on snapchat and Simen is still on facebook.

Both Captains smiling at the same time.


As you probably know by now, we do need your help to fund our new ship. We are in touch with a friend and fellow pirate you can read more about further down the page, a French freethinker that has spent most of his life, over 30 years in India – but also 18 years sailing the seas. He will most likely come with us to teach us the basics of sailings, even though he crashed his own ship into some big rocks in India. Read about our first meeting with Marc and his brother Patrick in one of our first blogs.

Snorre taking a selfie again.

Now, if you are able to help out with 1 euro, maybe 10? Basically anything you want would be very much appreciated. THIS IS THE LINK TO OUR GOFUNDME

Have a great weekend!

Much love from all of us onboard!

@jackmikkel@simengeorg ♡ @vargvagabond ♡

+ Lone and Snorre

How to get to Stockholm

We are finally on our way. It’s not easy for pirates to wake up at seven in the morning, just to pack and get their asses on the ship. It would of course be easier if they all woke up on a bigger vessel – and that will happen in a few weeks. For now we have just left the secret Pirate Bay for the last time this season, gone through our first three locks in Lennartsfors and are motoring our way down Lake Lelång. The crew have had enough coffee for a small army, and we are ready for adventure!

Varg, Lone and Snorre fighting the powers of sleep.

Yesterday we first spent a great time saying our goodbyes in Töcksfors. We’ve made several good friends during the summer. The little village has been very good to us, and it has been a great place to stock up for our pirate supermarket, have a beer or two, charge our batteries and spend some time in more social areas whenever needed. We may be a little tired of huge shopping centers and overcrowded parking lots – Being followed by security guards and seeing garbage piled up in any corner, ditch or sidewalk, that’s what civilization will give you.

But the people have been nice. The Töckforsians proved to be reliable kind of humans. Very friendly and always with big smiles and interest in strangers.

Joe’s Diner at the mall gave us a goodbye iscream-meal with Belgium waffles gift. Thank you.

The crew at the moment counts five as we head for our first bigger stop; Vänern. To get there we will have to pass twenty-four locks. Not cheap, the whole ordeal costs 260 Euro. A little more than we want to spend right now. But on the other side we have known this for months and also, our fundraiser is starting to pick up. As this is being written we have 3371 kroner funded. It’s still a long way to go before we hit 40.000 (4000 euros) but we have faith! “Yes, yes” you say “don’t buy a sailboat if you can’t afford it!” But we have to, the crew is in need of indoor accommodation and also Harry is not fit to sail on open water.

This said, please don’t hesitate about lending us a hand here. If you can only give 1 euro that’s a big big help and also thank you for showing us your support. Remember that all who donates will receive a postcard, hand-drawn of FF Harry by Mathilda Höjdemo, in the mail.


There is also other ways to help us:

Paypal to:

Direct transfer to Norwegian bank: 1202.33.61858

Vipps: 40468611

If none of these works for you – please contact us. We’ll find a way! And thank you SO much to those who allready contributed to make THIS happen:


But first of all, we want to have a great adventure venturing through the canals of Sweden. Most of the crew has never visited the Swedish Capital and we are also expecting more crew to join us in a week or two. For now, we are all very excited to be on our way.

FF Harry relaxing behind Lily before entering our first lock of this epic journey.

Next port of call: Billingsfors.

Captain Jack