Friday, 4 August 2006

Adding Improvements

Owning a boat means having a never ending list of things to do. If you are not repairing or replacing something, you are adding new gear to make life aboard easier. Having the cabin floor taken care of relatively cheaply in both time and money, helped with the process of obtaining new gear.

Centreboard post and new floor.

The electric bilge pump which came with the boat was located in a position where you would already be getting your feet wet in the cabin before it was of much use getting the water out. A new bilge pump was required, and put in a location where it could do more good. A section of the lip holding up the bilge access cover had to be cut away for access, but that itself is covered up by the new floor. Being one of the lowest points on the boat, it is a much better location than under the cockpit, and the hose can be lead back trough the existing drain.

Test fitting the new bilge pump.

With the addition of a new block and some nicer line, the backstay adjuster is looking much better.

When sailing solo, it is important to be able to let go of the tiller for a minute or two for raising and lowering the sails, etc. Adding a Tiller Tamer it like having another crew member.

You have to enjoy working on a boat almost as much as sailing it, because you are going to be spending a lot of time and money on it when you are not out enjoying it.

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