It’s More Than a Boat Show!
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electronics are out of sight when not in use. This creates a
more open feel, and having the small fridge allows us to avoid
opening the primary refrigerator as often, which really pays
off when we’re on the hook in the Bahamas. We also redid
the floor so that the parquet looks brand new. All of these
changes give us a “home” feel when we’re aboard.
We copied the electrical and appliance installations from
boats we saw at boat shows. We learned that replacing the
headliner with padded panels was a job of Great Pyramid
proportions, and expensive. It seemed every week, we added
a new project that affected our budget. Beware and get quotes.
Step 6: Customizing The Exterior
Susan and I love the outdoors, so the flybridge is more
important to us than perhaps it would be to other cruisers. We
designed the bimini to have sunshades all around; in the late
afternoon they can be rolled down on any side, depending on
which side of the boat is facing west. Hurricane Canvas not
only gave us professional service but stayed within our budget.
The shades are made of Sunbrella, so they cut down on the
sun while allowing us to still enjoy the view. The forward-facing Strataglass can be clipped up without being rolled.
This prevents creases and keeps visibility at a maximum.
We have a good but very old Furuno NavNet system. We
chose to update the chips and add a Garmin 4212 as our
primary GPS. We had a Garmin 4210 on the Monk and loved
it. We copied all of our waypoints prior to her sale and loaded
them on the new Garmin. A whole new navigation system
would have cost tens of thousands of dollars that were no
longer in the budget. We are learning patience.
I’ve had two back operations and Susan has a bad neck
from a car accident, so a comfortable dinghy that fits on the
trunk cabin is a must. The electric winch on the boom was
upgraded and a 10-foot 4-inch Achilles with a St. Croix helm
and a 20 hp outboard engine was purchased from Suncoast
Inflatables in St. Petersburg, Florida.
The St. Croix is the lightest helm we could find that allows
us a backrest, a place for our legs and full controls. We prefer
to anchor out, so a good dinghy is vital. In the Bahamas with
a 12 lb schnoodle, the dinghy provides easy access to shore
for walks, as well as ease of provisioning and exploring.
Leveque Saint-Cyr of St. Cyr Marine replaced our teak
decks with nonskid fiberglass and did all our varnish work.
The peace of mind from having potential leaks on teak decks
alleviated is wonderful.
Finally, we had a large grill on the trunk cabin railing with
a standard-size propane tank installed. The higher pressure
of the large tank prevents the flames from blowing out
in the wind, and the size allows for months of use before
refilling. Susan prefers to cook on the grill, both for taste and
to minimize cleaning pots and pans. Mud Puddle Rose was
really becoming our home.