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I’ve owned this boat for several years. I’ve been on the proverbial fence between purchasing a new boat or refitting this one. I’ve finally concluded that the strength of this boat (hand-laid hull that’s an inch thick in places) and the debris floating in the waterways suggests that a refit is a better solution than replacement, not to mention environmentally the better option. As an aside, with a comfort ratio of 29.2, this boat is very comfortable to sail, and with a capsize screening index of 1.81, is stable in heavy seas.
Anyway, my refit is planned to be extensive. Over the years I’ve had to re-engineer a lot of the boat to accommodate the fact that it’s typically sailed, solo. Solo does not imply that it’s always sailed with a single occupant, but frequently with a solo sailer surrounded by ignorant (dictionary definition) sailors.
In addition to refinishing the hull and deck, and refurbishing the cabin, the following is my Wishlist for this refit. I’m open to discussion and suggestions, with many thanks in advance…
I plan/hope to:
Replace the steel swing-keel with a stainless steel piece or possibly a composite (Repealed).
Bow thruster for certain (thinking of also adding at stern thruster)
Electric windlass with remote control.
Design, Fabrication, and Installation of an overhead Traveller system to free-up cockpit space, and for the safety of the ‘passengers.’ Similar to the “Hunter” system, but perhaps with composites as opposed to stainless steel.
A Hard Dodger. Instrumentation would be mounted in the dodger, etc.
Installation of Heat and Hot water. My initial thoughts were to use diesel for convenience and safety, but it turns out that diesel is not so efficient. Propane is my reluctant second choice, but the safety of propane is a concern. I’m now thinking that Natural Gas is the safest option since it is lighter than air, therefore will not sink to the bilge. My concern is the availability of Natural Gas. The boat will sail the West Coast between Alaska and Mexico, but be primarily located in Vancouver, Canada.
Installation of both wind and solar power. The boat does not have either at this time, but my sailing has never taken me more than a week away from my home port. My plans for the future include passages of several weeks (perhaps months), thus these systems are necessary.
Radar and ADS systems. The remaining instrumentation is modern and efficient.
Toilet. I can’t decide whether to keep the current toilet (holding tank) or replace it with a composting system. The composting system would free-up space in the boat, but little things (paper can go in my current tank) seem to make the tank more convenient.
The remaining refit items are mostly convenience items and aesthetics. This is the category of, “what might I have forgotten that others discovered along the way?”
Thoughts and suggestions solicited and appreciated.
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