This is a new year. A new beginning. And things will change. - Taylor SwiftWe had a bucket list for what we wanted to do in this refit; most were completed, some were left and other bits were added on. But first, we had to stow nearly everything and prepare to spend time in chaos.
|preparing for chaos|
The major projects completed were:
- hard cover over the cockpit
- replace cockpit sides which were rotten
- new bowsprit and pulpit
- rebuild alleyway cupboards
- new targa to hold the solar panels
- new stainless steel battery box
- hull faired and repainted
For three 3 years we had lived with a canvas cover over the cockpit and decided it was time for a hard cover. We didn't want a hard dodger as we spend so much time in the tropics, and the cover would also house the future additional solar panels. We have awnings attached that drop and lock in bad weather, otherwise leaving us with all round vision and breeze.
|starting the layout on the ground|
|nearly finished - note the PPE|
|the crane lifts in place|
|the hard cover provides an added view point|
The cockpit coamings were rotten, so they had to be replaced, also giving us a higher backrest in the cockpit.
|rotten timber removed at the back: note the old awning|
|on the sides|
|and the sliding hatch garage|
|the finished cockpit|
|without the bowsprit|
|taking shape in ironwood|
|the bowsprit finished|
|lifting into place|
|finished with the new pulpit|
|we lived with this cavernous hole for too long|
|Lea painting and salivating at the thought of extra stowage|
|space saving lockers|
At this time we decided on a targa to house the solar panels, taking them off the davits. An additional section was made to contain the panels allowing them to 'swivel' during the day.
|before the targa|
|Keith happy with the targa|
|the old and the new|
|lifting on the solar panels|
|the targa finished|
We were going to change our house batteries to Trojan AGM's, but needed to keep them secure. Installing a stainless steel battery box meant the floor bearers and the floor itself needed to be raised. A new shower sump box was also added.
|the new battery box and floor goes in|
|an extra job to get the crew cabin painted|
Our painters were two or three women at a time who did a painstaking (pardon the pun) job after the hull was faired.
|one of our petite painters|
May all your bars be wooden and well-stocked!