One Year Later

It’s hard to believe it’s been a year since we purchased our boat! What a wild ride…

I seriously never thought it was going to take this long to get all of her systems put back together and ready to sail. People will tell you it’s going to take longer than you expect - but I never put much stock in what other people say so here we sit…

The good news is I’m not discouraged. I love working beside Todd to make this dream come true! When we’re done, we’re going to know this boat inside and out - and that’s a good thing.

Yes, it’s taking longer than we expected - mostly because we’ve had to learn so much, and that learning curve is steep. Not insurmountable, but steep nonetheless. Have you been following along on our YouTube channel where we’re documenting this adventure?

Projects We’ve Tackled (in no particular order):

  • towed and hauled out the boat

  • power washed top and bottom of boat

  • emptied everything out of cupboards and drawers

  • repaired AC plug

  • replaced both toilets and holding tanks with composting heads

  • removed diesel engine

  • removed 150 gallons of oily water from bilge

  • cleaned and painted the bilge

  • removed and filled seven thru hulls

  • replaced four thru hulls

  • replumbed entire boat

  • replaced kitchen faucet

  • repaired manual faucet

  • built motor mounts for electric motor

  • sealed the mast

  • repaired and caulked toe rail

  • removed damaged rub rail and filled bolt holes

  • straightened dingy davit arch

  • fixed drains in rear lockers

  • replaced cockpit drain hoses

  • painted headliner in entire boat

  • tested refrigerator

  • cleaned out both water tanks

  • removed and replaced smelly floor in salon

  • cut open and cleaned diesel tank

  • engineered space for electric motor batteries

  • installed 16 batteries

  • mounted electric motor

  • had prop and prop shaft cleaned and balanced

  • removed and replaced broken prop strut

  • purchased used sails and covers

  • removed stations and filled holes

  • tested windlass

  • cleaned out chain locker and measured chain

  • sanded bottom and sides of the boat

  • repaired the bow roller

  • removed 850 pounds of lead ballast

  • rebuilt generator

  • removed moldy wall liners

  • cleaned generator fuel tank

  • removed boom gallow

  • drilled more drains in tow rail

  • removed old name and vinyl stripe

  • fiberglass repairs to bow of the boat

Do I think we could do all of that faster if we had to do it again? Absolutely! I think fiberglass work was the most daunting skill we’ve had to learn. When we first started we worried a lot about filling the holes in the bottom of the boat. Now it’s no big deal. Funny how rolling up your sleeves and digging into the work does that.

Projects we still need to do:

  • rewire entire boat

  • hook up electric motor

  • connect motor to prop shaft

  • make and connect wires for batteries

  • install charge controllers

  • replumb propane for stove*

  • test stove*

  • add sea water foot pump to kitchen*

  • test and/or replace three bilge pumps

  • paint bottom and sides of boat

  • refinish deck*

  • add weather strip to rear lockers*

  • build bunks in passageway*

  • put engine room walls back together

  • install and wire house batteries

  • reinstall water heater

  • remodel rear bed to fit queen mattress*

  • test sump pumps in bathrooms

  • adjust rudder

  • test hydraulic steering system

  • remove air conditioners and ducts

  • install wall coverings*

  • make and install curtains*

  • make cushions for salon*

  • buy mattresses for bunks*

  • remodel cushions for vberth*

  • make waterproof door for anchor chain

  • make and install higher stanchions

  • make bow pulpit

  • install navigation and anchor lights

  • install deck lights

  • fix and reinstall boom gallow*

  • install sails

  • re-rig boat’s standing rig with Dyneema

  • install lazy jack system*

  • check all running rigging

  • put name on boat

  • install flooring in salon*

  • build and install table*

  • remodel navigation station

  • buy and install new navigation instruments

  • buy and install new sheets

  • buy docklines

  • remove fill openings on deck (fuel & pump out)

  • buy anchor

  • test and install watermaker*

  • sand and finish teak on deck*

  • rebed all hatches*

  • install fans for composting toilets*

WOW! That’s still a LONG list… but it will be fantastic to be done. Here’s hoping it doesn’t take us another year. The thing about this list is that there are a lot of things that can be done once we put her back in the water. Choosing which of those things to wait on gets to be a little tougher to decided. I’ve put a * next to the ones I think can wait - but sometimes it’s not about time, it’s about money. Some projects don’t require much money, which might mean we tackle them while we’re waiting for the next influx of cash to buy something needed for a different project. So it’s a little hard to say exactly what order these will be done in.

I’ve decided as we move forward to blog about our journey here. The reality of our project means there’s so much more to share than what I can post in our weekly videos. If you’d like reminders of our videos and post be sure to sign up for our monthly newsletter.