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We needed a comfortable and warm boat that met our liveaboard cruising needs. That meant:

  • Comfortable and reasonably sized bunks and wardrobe

  • Inclined backrest with a right seating height

  • Spacious galley with good storage lockers

  • Chart table and wet locker

  • Heads

  • A spare bunk

  • Warm space with sea views

Although most of the time it would be just the two of us, we also wanted to be able to invite the occasional guests to join us and spend time with us in reasonable comfort. 

To meet our needs much of the boat interior needed to be rebuilt. With the exception of the main bulkheads, the two bunks, and the spiral staircase, which came with the boat, everything else was built new.


The process:

  • Remove most of the existing interior, apart from bulkheads etc

  • Sand - Epoxy x 2 - Sand

  • Undercoat x 2 - Sand - Paint x 2

  • Build cupboards, wardrobes, insulation structural support

  • Insulate  and finish off with plywood / tongue and groove / carpet / cork

  • Install plywood hanging knees to reinforced deck - port & starboard of the mast

  • Reinforced windlass support under deck 

  • Reinforced frame support on  2nd frame - forward of mast

  • Forward frames epoxy filled and drain holes drilled to stop water collection

  • Built covers and draining system with inspection hatch - to prevent water log and rot

  • Built mast step support, fibreglass hull and build up base with drain hole

  • Drilled mast hole in the deck 

  • Built 2 bulkheads for chain lockers & chain chute

  • Built shelves and workbench

  • Watertight barn door

  • Exhaust outlet for Wallas heater

  • Install foot pump to drain anchor chain well

  • Removed existing cabinets

  • Built barn-door to forepeak

  • Built composting toilet 

  • Built sink and draws, sliding doors

  • Block bilges draining holes & stringers on bulkhead holes (making it watertight)

  • Installed Wallas hot air oil heater 

  • Drilled through the hull a sink drain hole (above waterline)

  • Drilled shower tray holes in the floor

  • Blocked two doors that served a corridor on a port side to create a master cabin

  • Lowered bunk level on both bunks

  • Built shelves and lockers on a port side

  • Added diesel tanks supports for 2 tanks (oil cooker and heater)

  • Wardrobe shelves and doors

  • Sand-undercoat-paint- insulation

  • Remove existing galley

  • Blocked the door

  • Built kitchen lockers, shelves and cupboard above

  • Through the hull sink drain 

  • Installed Dickinson Bristol diesel cooker - with foot pump and day tank

  • Installed wood burning stove 

  • Water base for water  jerry cans

  • Heating outlet for Wallas hot air heater

  • Diesel day tank and foot pump for Dickinson stove