Along the way I have passed a number of Monsun boats. I have seen one or more of them in nearly every other port in Sweden, both along the western and eastern shores. Most of the ships I have seen in real life where in very good conditions, judging from the looks of the hulls and riggings. It is always kind of special to see another Monsun sailing. And all of the ones I have seen are personalized, yet still Monsuns.
A beautiful occasion was when I sailed out to the most southeastern Swedish island of Utklippan one day to do some seal spotting with my daughter Ronja. We were out there late in September, and days had become rather short. Moored inside the inner well-protected harbor on the island, we had gone ashore and taken pictures and enjoyed the wildlife on this beautiful island. As we were getting ready to leave in the evening, another Monsun comes out of the East, lit up by the sun that was just about to tip behind the horizon in the west. It had a German flag and carried a father and son who were on their way home to Germany from a trip to Kalmar and Oland, Sweden. Moments like this are so nice that I have started to think about where all the Monsun boats have ended up after 30-40 years of floating about. Obviously, many were still in Sweden, but some also had been bought by owners very far away from the shipyard on Orust.
Then, as I started scouring the Internet about Monsun information for a while back I found out that many owners are in contact with other owners, and the exchange of technical innovations and ideas about sailing techniques with this special vessel was abundant. So I thought that it would be cool to provide all the Monsun owners with a platform for a connection, the Monsun ships listing.
So with some decent skills in SQL, database management, and PHP I put together the initial list. Then, of course it had to have some content in it to begin with. A good start was the Danish Monsun Club that had a listing of the member ships in their member section. I copied that into the list. Then I also am a member of the Swedish Cruising Association SXK. There were over 100 member boats listed, that I copied into the list. From Hallberg-Rassy Shipyard I heard that many boats had been sold to Sweden, Germany and Denmark. So I had to fix some pages on the web to catch the attention of German owners as well. I know that a few German boats sail in the Netherlands. And then I got so many nice responses from all kinds off people on the list, that I find it worthwhile to put it out to the Internet community.
I have email-addresses of many Monsun owners, but do not want to put them on the public side of the database. But in case you as a Monsun owner have questions to a specific other Monsun owner, please drop me a mail, and I will forward it to the person in question. I will on request post messages and links to sites on this site.