Preparing Phoenix for Voyaging: 2008

Major existing now working equipment includes: HF Ham Radio, Pactor Modem, GPS, VHF-DSC,  Radar, solar panels; main, furling genoa, storm trysail, jib; storm jib; drifter; propane cook stove, diesel engine;

Existing but not yet working: Autopilot, Watermaker, Refrigerator.

Replacements include: older Aries windvane (replaced); outboard for dinghy (replaced);

Deferred Maintenance

  • Engine
    • Extensive engine work – rewiring; heat exchanger cored, general maintenance
    • Replaced gear shift and throttle linkage to engine
  • Plumbing
    • replaced all gross filthy water tubing with new runs.
    • Water tanks – cleaned, repaired coated steel integral tanks; replaced inspection port gaskets
    • Cleaned and repaired shower drainage and all pumps in bilges.
    • Replace broken hand pump with foot pump in head sink
  • Hull and Deck
    • Structure – replaced corroded steel hull/wood deck edge flanges with new steel and wider flanges – transom, port chainplate, bow; 2015: now doing same to starboard side
    • Replaced port rub rail
    • Stripped rubber coating off cockpit seats – varnished and painted. Painted aluminum footwell of cockpit; re powder-coated binnacle
    • Rebedded all deck hardware;
    • Replace zincs, bottom paint
    • Repainted decks, topsides, cabintop with epoxy primer and polyeurathane paint; applied non-skid to decks and cabintop
  • Rigging
    • Aluminum mast – re-bedded all attachments, replaced some bent blocks with larger parts, replaced worn sheaves, replaced masthead lights with LEDs, checked wiring
  • Interior
    • Floor beams – beefed up floor beams in cabin; added hold-downs and lift tabs
    • Removed and cleaned all ceiling and locker floor boards – painted, varnished, or replaced.
    • Revarnished interior mahogany – table, shelving, ceiling boards, etc.
  • Re-galvanized anchors; added storm anchor; 2013: added Manson Supreme 65#

Updates / Modifications

  • Electronics / Navigation
    • Updated the GPS; removed Loran C. Replaced depth sounder. Added second GPS; added handheld GPS; added mouse GPS to computer
    • Added Sextant, hand-bearing compass and good binos from previous boat
    • Acquired used Paper charts of Pacific
    • Added PC Nav system (older laptop and Rosepoint Coastal Explorer) and downloaded all electronic charts for west coast and Hawaii
    • Added Pactor modem and got our General Ham Licenses; 2015: upgraded to Pactor III
    • added AIS and antenna splitter
    • Replace depth sounder, add fish finder (got it cheap!)
  • Canvas / Fabric
    • Replaced all cockpit cushions (foam and covers)
    • Replaced cockpit line bags and storage sacks.
    • Made new sail cover and boat cover. Restitched older awning. 2014: replaced sail cover with Stack Pack and added lazy jacks
    • Corroded metal zipper pulls replaced with plastic pulls on existing cockpit cushions
    • Made sturdy canvas bags for provisioning; made tool bags and wrench-rolls; made equipment covers for barbeque, outboard, water filter, etc.
    • Made sail deck bag for staysail
    • Re-canvassed existing dodger frame
    • Made weather cloths for cockpit rails
    • Made polarfleece curtains, installed curtain rods
    • Made chaps for inflatable
    • Added bags at each berth
  • Engine
    • Summer 2009 – completely rebuilt engine; replaced block
  • Hull / Decks
    • Replaced inadequate venting in lazarette with larger vents
    • Strengthened beams inside port side of cabin lockers/pilot berth- excessive working was causing leaks under deck near chainplate;
    • Replaced child-sized port pilot berth with four lockers and louvered doors – also helped stiffen hull near port chainplates.
    • Repaired (cold-molded) entire front of exterior cabin where it was separating from deck. Strengthened beam here.
    • Replaced lexan companionway panels with stouter mahogany panels
    • Fabricated new stainless railings around cockpit to replace aging aluminum one; added stainless boarding ladder
    • Added MOB pole; jacklines, harnesses
    • Replaced aging aluminum radar spar with used stainless spar
    • Added permanent boom crutch over dodger; bought used teak crutch with aluminum base and then powder-coated the base, recut the crutch for our round boom, and lined with high-density plastic liners; varnished crutch.
    • Cut out bad steel and welded in new metal at stern, port chainplate, bow as well as engine exhaust; added stouter steel beams and flanges; redecked in these areas. 2015: now doing same to entire starboard side
    • 2015: replaced deck beams with steel beams
    • Cut larger cockpit drains
    • Painted topsides, deck, cabin top with 2-part epoxy (roll / brush)
    • Applied nonskid (Kiwi Grip) on decks and cabintop
    • Replaced stern cleats, chocks, and bow cleats with larger ones bolted through new steel flange.
    • Fixed and built new mount for bilge pump
    • Insulate hull (ensolite outboard and reflectix inboard)
    • Added 44# Bruce anchor, 75# Fisherman and additional rodes.
  • Interior
    • Added cabin sole hold-downs (interior)
    • Summer 2009 – replaced galley stove with newer unit
  • Electrical
    • Redesigned and fortified battery storage box; replaced battery cables; replaced batteries;
    • Added dedicated starting battery
    • added small inverter;
    • Added CD stereo with USB/iPod input; added wooden box to house stereo
    • Rewired obvious aging wiring, replaced some terminal ends, updated electrical wiring charts to spreadsheet
  • Plumbing
    • Added head holding tank to be legal in US
    • Fixed bilge pumps – manual and automatic
  • Rigging / Sails
    • Added Preventers, new blocks, new running rigging
    • Added used sails: nylon drifter, furling genoa; stays’ls; storm jib
    • Replace Windvane with newer Aries Windvane (old one will be sold or used for spares)
    • 2012: replaced main, genoa and added asymmetrical
  • Tenders
    • Added hard sailing dinghy (nesting) and (used) hypalon inflatable; also (used) outboard for inflatable
    • 2010: replaced hard dinghy with¬† Port-a-Bote; 2015: replaced inflatable and life raft with Portland Pudgy
    • Painted hard (nesting) sailing dinghy; rebuilt emergency tiller
    • Fabricated mounting system for hard dinghy on cabintop beneath boom

Luxuries

  • Replaced (4) non-opening, scarred lexan ports with new opening bronze ports
  • Made all new cabin cushions; added hypervent under all bunks; added back cushions for settee; new bedding (sheets, polypro blankets, pillows)
  • Got used diving tanks and regulator
  • Replaced some interior cabin lights with LEDs
  • New propane Barbeque and small-bottle propane storage bin on rear deck
  • Equipped galley – pressure cooker, tools, utensils, plates, knives, magma nesting cooking set, french press, thermoses, food storage containers, vacuum sealer; collapsible bucket for second sink;
  • Recorded many hours of CDs onto hard disc in MP3 format; copied to thumb drives
  • Replaced VHF with DSC capable VHF
  • Improved removable nav seat (folding hard plastic chair on swivel mount)

To do (someday)

  • Install new (used) bimini
  • New working sails: done 2013
  • Fix watermaker, refrigerator, water heater, autopilot
  • Add deck wash down: installed 2013
  • Add propane solenoid: 2008
  • Replace aging awning
  • Replace standing rigging
  • Replace single shallow sink with double sink
  • Figure out WeatherFax and dedicated ICOM 1000 receiver (never used)
  • Re-secure wiring inside mast: done 2009
  • re-bed all opening ports
  • Insulate mast inside cabin
  • Replace propane heater with diesel heater: 2015
  • Polish fuel/ clean fuel tanks. Note: this should have been in the essential category! In rough weather dirty fuel means not being able to run the engine. Rough weather also probably means you don’t have much solar gain for your panels… so no power, no instruments. This is an unacceptable hazard.

…Pictures of Launch Day

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