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Boat Refitting - Marina del Rey, January 2002 - April 2003

If our list of projects looks like a lot of work, it was!   We have to confess, though, that we got some help.   We could never have done it without the expertise provided by our diesel mechanic, electrician, rigger, electronics suppliers and a number of others.  We certainly did our fair share of pumping money into the local economy! 

Our cat, Ali, was always willing to offer advice, too -

Project List


  • Upgraded standing rigging for both main and mizzen.
  • Replaced all running rigging and ran the main halyard, reef lines, boom vang and preventers back to the cockpit.
  • Installed self-tailing winches for sheets and cockpit lines. 
  • Replaced head sail roller furling system and installed roller furling staysail. 
  • Replaced life lines.
  • New main boom

Our rigger working atop the mast


Picking the mizzen mast for work in the yard

Engine Room:

  • Replaced heat exchanger, water pumps, hoses, riser elbow, muffler, etc., etc. on the main engine.
  • Replaced hoses, pumps, muffler, etc. on generator.
  • New dual Racor fuel filter system. 
  • Installed sound shield on generator.  
  • Installed new fluorescent lights - wow! we can now see in there!
  • Tore out old insulation - still working on installing the new insulation.


  • New house bank of batteries - eight 6-volt wet-cell golf cart batteries - and "starter bank" of 2 "Group 31" batteries for engine and generator.
  • Installed Link 2000 battery monitor.
  • Replaced badly deteriorated AC wiring - Rich's experience as an electrician in the Navy came in handy!  Also replaced DC wiring.
  • Installed new high-output alternator.
  • Installed dedicated battery charger to back up the Trace inverter's charger.
  • Installed new tricolor navigation light atop main mast, new deck lights on the main and mizzen, and new deck level running lights.
  • Relocated solar panels to aft quarter.

Our new electronics arrive on the dock


Rich busy with wiring


  • Furuno Radar
  • Simrad wind, speed and depth instruments
  • Robertson auto pilot
  • ICOM Radios - VHF (M502) & SSB/Ham (M802)
  • Toshiba Satellite Pro Laptop
  • Nobeltec Navigation Software
  • Pactor modem for sending/receiving e-mail and receiving weather fax over the SSB/Ham Radio
  • 406 MHz EPIRB with built-in GPS (GPIRB)


  • New mattress in stateroom - pillowtop - so comfy!

  • Replaced dinghy and davits.

  • Cut access panels in fuel and water tanks.  Polished fuel and scrubbed out both tanks.

  • Removed cap rail and re-sealed hull-to-deck joint.  Sanded and refinished cap rail.

  • New Spectra® Ventura 150 Watermaker.

  • New Bottomsiders® cockpit cushions.

  • Stripped and refinished all interior teak.  (We hired a “stripper,” (not that kind - Rich was disappointed!) but we [mostly Jan] sanded and varnished everything.  A big thank you to John & Camille who came over and sanded with us one day!)  This was a big job!

  • Replaced both heads with Lavac manual pumps (no more “grinding” noises from the old electric head – what an awful sound!)
  • Replaced liferaft with 4-person Avon offshore.  Our old one is now on display at Avalon Rafts as an example of what happens when they are not inspected regularly - what a mess it was!
  • Purchased scuba compressor to fill our own tanks.

Jan sanding the cap rail


Jan sanding interior teak