Boat Refitting -
Marina del Rey, January 2002 - April 2003
If our list of projects
looks like a lot of work, it was! We have to confess, though, that we got some
help. We could never have done it without the expertise provided by our diesel
mechanic, electrician, rigger, electronics suppliers and a number of others. We
certainly did our fair share of pumping money into the local economy!
|Our cat, Ali, was
always willing to offer advice, too -
Upgraded standing rigging for both main and mizzen.
Replaced all running rigging and ran the main halyard, reef lines, boom vang
and preventers back to the cockpit.
self-tailing winches for sheets and cockpit lines.
- Replaced head
sail roller furling system and installed roller furling staysail.
Replaced life lines.
Our rigger working atop the mast
Picking the mizzen mast for work in the yard
- Replaced heat exchanger,
water pumps, hoses, riser elbow, muffler, etc., etc. on the main engine.
- Replaced hoses, pumps,
muffler, etc. on generator.
- New dual Racor fuel
- Installed sound shield on
- Installed new fluorescent
lights - wow! we can now see in there!
- Tore out old insulation -
still working on installing the new insulation.
- New house bank of
batteries - eight 6-volt wet-cell golf cart batteries - and "starter bank" of
2 "Group 31" batteries for engine and generator.
- Installed Link 2000
- Replaced badly
deteriorated AC wiring - Rich's experience as an electrician in the Navy came
in handy! Also replaced DC wiring.
- Installed new high-output
- Installed dedicated battery
charger to back up the Trace inverter's charger.
- Installed new tricolor
navigation light atop main mast, new deck lights on the main and mizzen, and
new deck level running lights.
- Relocated solar panels to aft
Our new electronics arrive on the dock
Rich busy with wiring
wind, speed and depth instruments
Robertson auto pilot
- ICOM Radios -
VHF (M502) & SSB/Ham (M802)
Satellite Pro Laptop
modem for sending/receiving e-mail and receiving weather fax over the SSB/Ham
- 406 MHz
EPIRB with built-in GPS (GPIRB)
in stateroom - pillowtop - so comfy!
dinghy and davits.
panels in fuel and water tanks. Polished fuel and scrubbed out both
rail and re-sealed hull-to-deck joint. Sanded and refinished cap rail.
Ventura 150 Watermaker.
Bottomsiders® cockpit cushions.
refinished all interior teak. (We hired a “stripper,” (not that kind - Rich
was disappointed!) but we [mostly Jan] sanded and varnished everything. A big
thank you to John & Camille who came over and sanded with us one day!) This
was a big job!
Replaced both heads with Lavac manual pumps (no more “grinding” noises from
the old electric head – what an awful sound!)
Replaced liferaft with 4-person Avon offshore. Our old one is now on
display at Avalon Rafts as an example of what happens when they are not inspected regularly -
what a mess it was!
Purchased scuba compressor to fill our own tanks.
Jan sanding the cap rail
Jan sanding interior teak