Neighbor's help with @SailingTavaha

Get to know solo sailor, boat resident and Seaber Ambassador Elise Karoline Haugen!

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April 23, 2021

One of the best things about being at sea is the community between boaters. At sea, people greet each other and help each other. Skipper Elise Karoline Haugen can sign it: "I sail all year and have naturally ended up in situations where I have both needed help myself, and helped others," she says.

On board the sailboat Tavaha.

Working for a safer boating life

With the Seaber App, it is easier than ever before to both receive help and help others at sea. In case of need for further assistance, the lifeboat is only a few keystrokes away, thanks to the integration with the Rescue Company. A collaboration with Seaber was therefore in the middle of the spotlight for Elise, who is passionate about more people experiencing mastery and joy at sea in a safe way.

With the Seaber App, it is easier than ever before to both receive help and help others at sea. In case of need for further assistance, the lifeboat is only a few keystrokes away, thanks to the integration with the Rescue Company. A collaboration with Seaber was therefore in the middle of the spotlight for Elise, who is passionate about more people experiencing mastery and joy at sea in a safe way.

"We work to make life at sea easier, safer and more social. In addition to neighbor help, the Seaber App has, among other things, charts and social functions. For example, you can see your friends in the sea map, chat with them directly in the app and get notification when someone you know goes out to sea "says Community Manager in Seaber, Mona Skisland.

Ambassadors with common values

"We have several ambassadors who are passionate about making boating better. Together we want to inspire people to create joy at sea in a safe and easy way. Elise is one of the skilled sailors we have brought with us on the team as an ambassador. We are happy to have such good role models with us! ” tells Skisland.

Elise grew up with boating. "Dad is a captain and mom is a sailor, so the sea has always been an important part of life." Now she is in her fifth year as an independent boat owner, and lives in the sailboat "Tavaha" all year round.

"The first thing people ask is if it's cold. Especially when I lived in Tromsø! But it's actually not, ”she explains, laughing.

"You go a long way with a diesel heater and a paraffin stove. There is not that much space to heat up ».

The sailboat Tavaha is a 37-foot Boström.

Knowledge creates security and mastery

Knowledge of the sea, the vessel and the rules at sea is absolutely crucial for a good experience at sea. Elise was a self-taught sailor for the first two years, and sails almost always alone. 'I was scared almost all the time! But I did it anyway ».

In 2019, she set course for Barcelona, where she took the skipper education RYA Yachtmaster Offshore. Last year, she also received approval for her education in Norway, and can officially call herself skipper D5L.

“I'm so glad I took the course! After that I have felt safe sailing. Then came the joy of sailing. In the beginning, I focused a lot on the boat, and that everything should be perfect. The fear let go when I started to focus more on what was around, "she says.

"It's amazing what you can do when you are alone and have to arrange everything yourself. Even in challenging weather, I just think it's a fun challenge. It gives a huge feeling of mastery, which I hope more people will experience, "says the Seaber ambassador.

Elise Karoline Haugen has sailed Norway along several times on board the sailboat Tavaha.

Welcomes new boaters

The corona pandemic has led to many new people at sea. To them, Elise has a clear appeal:

«Jump in it! Do not be afraid to do something wrong, or ask for help. Then the Seaber App is also perfect to have. Remember that there are also many ways to do things. Follow the gut feeling and do what feels right for you. Life at sea is not an exam, but a marathon where you have a whole life to develop, "Elise explains.

"I hope we who have been at sea for a while can be good at showing solidarity, and help lower the shoulders of new boaters. No one is perfect, we have all been there ». For those who are new to the sea or just want to get to know more committed boaters, Elise has an appeal:

«Download the Seaber App and add me as a friend! It is always nice to get to know pleasant boaters, and happy to help where I can ».

Life at sea offers many unique nature experiences.

Dramatic rescue operation

Elise is a proponent of admitting mistakes, and can among other things reveal that she has gone on the classic bang to run out of diesel. Fortunately, this is an event you can easily solve with the neighbor help in the Seaber App.

"I have also helped others who have run out of diesel, and ended up getting the tow rope in the propeller. Then we were suddenly two boats that were out of service. Then I put on my diving equipment and had the rope cut loose. It was quite a lot of sea, but luckily I managed to keep my head cool. So luckily it went well in the end! From the rope I made a seat pad that became a nice souvenir from the incident "says Elise about the rescue operation.

The diving equipment came in handy when Elise got rope in the propeller.

Four-legged sailors

The dog Keiko and the cat Vaiana are also part of the crew on Tavaha. Keiko grew up on board, and is rarely seasick.

"We are quite coordinated on that front, we are mostly seasick at the same time," laughs Elise. The cat Vaiana has only been on board for a few months, but seems to be doing well as a ship cat. The four-legged friends are good friends, and keep Elise company.

Keiko and Vaiana thrive on board.

Join the neighbor help at sea

Elise encourages everyone at sea to download the Seaber App and join the neighbor help at sea.

"The app is completely free and easy to use, also for you as a new person at sea," she says.

"For inspiration for boating, we recommend checking out Elise's blog and Instagram account @SailingTavaha" advises Community Manager, Mona Skisland.

"Finally, I want to wish all boaters a great summer!" Elise concludes.

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