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How long have you been voyaging in
Sänna up to now?
Twelve years and counting.
What are your medium and long term
plans if you have any
We don’t have any. Our biggest problem
is the friends we leave behind and it takes
us time to adjust. I’d like to return to the
Mediterranean but my wife Marie would
like to go into the south Atlantic and that’s
probably where we will go.
About Sänna. Why did you buy her,
what was the brief for the boat you were
looking for then?
I was looking for a good ocean going
sailboat and had my eyes on an older
Oyster and a Swan. But then a good friend
of mine who is marine architect and also
a surveyor told me about this Bavaria
Ocean which was then called Suzerain
which he highly recommended. She
was lying in Dubrovnik at the time and I’d
not really considered a Bavaria. She was
and is a good choice, we have had very
few problems, mainly rudder bearings
that were just plain worn out and were
replaced in Borneo.
What were the modifications that you
We have made numerous modifications
along the way. Many to enable essential
liveaboard facilities like solar panels, wind
generator and a large watermaker. Others
to enable long distance ocean sailing
such as a furling inner staysail which has
saved us a number of times and is a sail
we have come to cherish. A must-have in
our opinion so we are now cutter rigged.
We have suffered two storm knock-downs
in our voyages so we’ve made some stowing
and storage modifications. We already
had an inbuilt generator which has been
a big bonus. We’ve just begun an internal
refit when in Alaska due to easy access to
magnificent yellow cedar machined to our
Text / Text: Marie Ungless, David Ungless
Detlef Jens (interview)
Fotos / Pictures: Marie Ungless, David Ungless