BOAT IMPROVEMENTS

I don't think we truly realized what a fixer-upper S/V Salt Whistle was when we bought her in May, 2013.  We put a lot of work into her getting her ready for long-term cruising.  Here is a list of what we have accomplished so far...

ENGINE
  • Engine - We removed the 1985 Volvo Penta MD-30A (see blog entry), cleaned and painted the engine room, and replaced it with a Beta 50hp.
  • Hoses - Replaced raw water hose & exhaust hose.
  • Steering- Rebuilt hydraulic steering.
  • Fuel system - Installed new fuel hoses & Mr. Gasket electric fuel pump with ability to transfer fuel from tank to tank and polish fuel through Racor 500FG Turbine Series fuel filter/water separator.

ON DECK
  • Windlass - Ordered new parts & rebuilt.
  • Railing - Had Bruce at the machine shop (Independent Boat Yard, St. Thomas) custom make our stainless steel railing.  Bought hardware & fasteners.  Installed it from mid-ship aft on both sides to mount our new solar panels.
  • Swim ladder - Had Bruce at the machine shop weld our broken swim ladder.
  • Anchor chain & rode - Bought 200ft of chain.  150ft of chain on main anchor and 50ft chain plus 150ft rode on secondary anchor.
  • Anchor upgrade - Bought Mantus 65 lb anchor to use as primary anchor.

SAILS & RIGGING
  • Running rigging - Replaced all running rigging.
  • Genoa - Brought Genoa to Joe at Quantum Sails in St. Thomas to replace sacrificial sun cover. 
  • Bought new (used) mainsail & mizzen sail from Bacon Sails in Annapolis

HEADS
  • Replaced both heads with Jabsco heads
  • Replaced all hoses and clamps

BILGES
  • Bilge pumps
  • Float switches

COMMUNICATIONS
  • Uniden UM380 VHF Radio
  • Hand held VHF radio
  • AIS receiver and transponder
  • Bullet WiFi Internet antennae

POWER
  • New battery bank 
  • Battery charger
  • Solar panels - 600 watts
  • Generator - Honda EU2000i
  • Inverter - Xantrex Prowatt 2000

NAVIGATION
  • Radar - Garmin
  • GPS - Garmin 741xs
  • Sextant - Plastic Mark III
  • Hand bearing compass - Davis Instruments

SAFETY EQUIPMENT
  • Life raft - Zodiac 6 person offshore
  • EPIRB - ACR GlobalFix Pro
  • Life jackets - Offshore self-inflating
  • Kitty life jacket - Outward Hound, Size small
  • Fire extinguishers
  • Binoculars
  • Ditch bag

GALLEY
  • Refrigeration - Rebuilt refrigeration boxes & installed (see blog entry)
  • Propane solenoid - Installed Seward solenoid to prevent potential gas leaks inside of boat.
  • Pressure cooker - To save time & money cooking.  Use less propane & quickly cook beans, potatoes, & more.

SALON
  • Threw away old cushions & made brand new salon cushions with new foam & upholstery
 
VENTILATION
  • Wind scoop - To get better air circulation when at anchor.
  • Solar vents - Installed solar vents in both heads to improve air circulation, reduce mold, and reduce temperature.
  • Fans - Replaced old fans with energy efficient Caframo fans.
  • Air conditioner - We got a little energy efficient window unit.  Mainly for use at docks with lots of bugs and little wind.

LIGHTING
  • Cabin lights - Replaced old lights with energy efficient and brighter LED lights.
  • Reading lights - Replaced old ugly reading lamps with bright, energy efficient LED ones.
  • Head lights - Replaced old lights in both heads with energy efficient LED lights with white & red settings.

ORGANIZATION
  • Label maker - For labeling everything!
  • Book shelf - Built an oak bookshelf into the fold down table in the salon.
  • Shelving - Stained and varnished IKEA spice racks and installed in heads and salon.

ENTERTAINMENT
  • TV - Installed small flat screen TV in salon, and mounted on Cheetah movable bracket.
  • Speakers - Installed speakers in aft cabin.
  • I-SUPs - Tower inflatable paddle boards for exercise, transportation, and enjoyment.

WATER
  • Watermaker - Katadyn 1.5 gallon per hour.
  • Water jerry cans - five 5 gallon scepter cans.

TOOLS
  • Hand tools
  • Power tools
  • Sewing Machine - Sailrite Ultrafeed LSZ-1

MISC
  • Washing machine - Manatee
  • Printer - HP
  • Fishing equipment - Foldspear, Lobster snare, Hand reel, Net, and Fillet kit


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