We removed the old generator and bought a Honda 2000 portable
generator. We upgraded to three 150W solar panels with a Xantrex
MPPT-60 controller. We added more battery power, 660 amp-hours, for
house batteries and a separate bank for starting. We also rewired the
1500W inverter directly to the battery so we can run a coffee maker,
toaster, or microwave oven on it.
We added a Garmin 4208 chartplotter with integrated sounder and AIS
transceiver, an Icom-M802 SSB transceiver, a Ray Marine
under-the-deck auto-pilot and a Spectra Ventura 200T watermaker.
We also replaced our old anchor windlass with a new Lemar windlass
that can drop or raise the anchor right from the cockpit. While we
were at it we added an anchor wash-down system, upgraded to a 45 lb
CQR and 100 feet of chain.
We had a new bimini top made, with a complete enclosure and custom
made cockpit cushions. In addition, we made several canvas
covers to give us additional shade. We also added a rope clutch and
self-tailing winch, and ran the main halyard and reefing line to the
We put a teak and holly sole in the main salon and replaced the
worn-out parquet floors with Allure vinyl plank flooring. We
replaced all water-damaged teak with new veneer and patched a number
of holes in the walls, while we were at it. We replaced the
water-damaged plywood walls with teak tongue-and-groove planks. We
had custom cushions and covers made throughout the interior. We added
lights and fans, and replaced existing lights with LED bulbs. We
added peek-a-boo window treatments throughout.
We replaced the TV with a new HD flat screen, replaced the stereo and
speakers with a new stereo and Bose speakers.
The aft-head has been
completely re-done with FRP paneled walls, new sink, shower and
Raritan Marine Elegance fresh water toilet.
In the galley, we replaced the faucet and added a hand-pump for
filtered water. And we replaced the old butcher block laminate with
granite laminate. We replaced the Sears dorm fridge with an Isotherm
refrigerator which runs on either 12v DC or 120v AC. We added
insulation to the existing 120v AC freezer so when cruising, we can
keep frozen food, by running our Honda generator twice a day.
When we first purchased the boat, the propane tank was not in a
sealed locker, so we installed a propane locker in the lazerette,
with a continuous propane line to the stove in the galley. Also, the
only way to empty the holding tank was to pump it out with the
macerator pump, so we installed a deck fitting for pump-outs.