Updated July 2018

It's hard to know when you and your boat are both ready to cast off the dock lines.  Our priority was to concentrate on health and welfare items first.  As you cruise and meet other cruisers it's interesting to see what innovations others have incorporated into their boats but also what priorities they have chosen.  Most cruisers do not have unlimited funds, so everyone makes choices.  For example, we did not have a watermaker (which is used to "make" fresh water from seawater through reverse osmosis), for six years and now only have a small system to be used where we absolutely cannot collect or obtain water.  We wouldn't have left the dock without an SSB and modem for email, weatherfax and cruiser nets, but many boats opt out of this expensive system.  We wouldn't be without paper charts for all destinations (though we use some electronic charts), while many vessels don't even carry them anymore.  One certainty of cruising - which means living aboard and using your boat constantly - is that systems you thought were solid will break down.  The result is that the project list is never, ever complete.  Carry spares.


Hull, Deck and Cabin in Awlgrip Paint (2007 & 2015)

Chainplates of Grade 316 Stainless Steel (2007, some replaced again 2014)

Standing Rigging of Sta-Lok Terminals

New 316 Tangs and Tang Bolts for Upper and Lower Shrouds

Running Rigging including - Spare Jib Halyard, Trysail Halyard, Mainsheet, Spare Main Halyard

Rope Clutches - Mast, Cabin Top & Furling

Profurl Roller Furling on genoa & staysail stays (staysail added 2013)

Whisker Pole

Trysail Track

Cabin Top Staysail Tracks - Port Townsend Rigging

Topping Lift & Mainsheet 2014

EZ Jax

Main - Neil Pryde (replaced 2103 with hand made battenless Sailrite mainsail)

Upgraded Genoa - Neil Pryde with Upgrades by North West Sails

Staysail, Trysail  - Port Townsend Sails (staysail modified for roller furling 2013)

Ready Bag -  Storm Trysail

Auxiliary Diesel Engine - Yanmar 30GM30F (2003)

Engine + Transmission Rebuilt 2018

New Shaft 2010

Shaft Zinc

Thordon Composite Cutless (2011, replaced 2018)

Dripless Shaft - PSS (replaced 2012)

Drivesaver by Globe Rubber (replaced again 2012)

Fuel Tank (aluminum)

Campbell Sailor Three Bladed Prop

Single Sideband / Ham Radio - Icom M710 RT

Standard Horizon Hand Held VHF (2013)

Radio Modem - SCS PTC-II Pro with Pactor 3

VHF with Remote Microphone (Command-Mike) - Icom M402

Depth Sounder - Raymarine ST60 & Standard Horizon (at nav station)

Fishfinder - Garmin 140


Garmin 128 GPS (with backup)

BU353 GPS receiver linked to Acer Netbook running OpenCPN

Garmin 78H Handheld GPS

Matsutec GPS & AIS Transponder



SPOT Personal Tracker

Radar - Raymarine (died a few deaths), later Furuno 1715

Bonding System

Lightning Dissipator ("bottlebrush" type)

LED - anchor, navigation, steaming & tricolor - Dr. LED &  Bebi Electronics

LED deck light by Elemental LED

Multistage Battery Charger - Truecharge2 20


                Wind/Solar Regulator - Trace C40

                High Output Alternator - Balmar

                Smart Alternator Regulator - Balmar

                Wind Power Generator - KISS

                Solar Panels (290 Watts, Kyocera and Shell Solar)

                Honda 1000 Portable Generator

                Link 10 Battery Monitor

                Galvanic Isolator

                CO Monitor

                Upgraded Propane Control/Alarm

                Seaward Princess Gourmet II Galley Stove (replaced new 2014)

                Through-Hulls, Ball Valves & Hoses

                Lazarette Gasketing & Secondary Latching Mechanism

                Head (twice replaced!)

                Galley Plumbing

                Seawater Foot Pump in Galley

                Undersink Waste Pump with Anti-Siphon in Galley

                Watermaker - Pur Powersurvivor 40e, purchased used Nov 2009

                In line Drinking Water Filtration

                Corian Countertop at Sink

                Flexible Water Tank

                Refrigeration - Technautics Cool Blue (compressor replaced 2012)


                Windvane Self Steering - Monitor

  Hard Dodger - WaveStopper (Stamoid replaced with Top Gun 2012 and Sunbrella 2015)

            Teak Cockpit  Table (gift from Alkahest)

              Nesting Dinghy - modified Chameleon

              Outboard Auxiliary for Tender - Mercury 3.3 hp

          Liferaft - Winslow 6 man Offshore, New 2015

          Parachute Storm Anchor - Paratech

          310' 5/16 High Test Chain for Primary Anchor (regalvanized 2014)

          220' 5/16 High Test Chain (regalvanized 2015) + 150' 1" three strand nylon rode on secondary anchor

          44 lb. Bruce (later stolen), 20 kg CQR (replaced with Rocna), 20 kg Rocna, Fortress and 20 kg Spade Anchors (regalvanized 2014)


                                    Lifelines (failed vinyl-covered lifelines replaced with 1 x 19 wire 2011)

                                    Lifeline Netting (purse seiner netting)

                                    Foredeck Sun Cover

                                    Bimini Side Shades (Phifertex)

                                    Ratlines (later removed)