The day after purchase. She's mine!
After one year of improvements, the week before heading south.
Just prior to painting the bottom...
After painting the bottom and waxing the hull.
The mast is down. What a mess of wires and rigging...
Shortly after hauling out.
After working in the yard for a few months, just before putting back in the water.
Interior during the first few weeks of ownership.
Looking forward while living aboard in the winter.
The icebox lid, beaten and weathered.
Icebox lid after refinishing.
Old incandescent lighting (top) and new LED lighting (bottom), same exposures.
Old and new battery & bilge switches.
Installing the new electrical distribution panel.
Old and new electrical distribution panels.
LED light for interior lighting.
Old cabin lights (top) and new cabin lights (bottom).
The water tank lid after removal, when the barrier laminate layer had to be ripped off to remove the lid. Prior to glassing. I installed another inspection port to see in both sections of the tank.
The water tank after a coat of potable-tank epoxy. The epoxy will protect the fiberglass from blistering, repaired some small cracks that had developed in the tank over the years, and got rid of the foul stains & taste in the tank.
The lid after glassing, a coat of epoxy, and a second inspection port installed.
Bowsprit before stripping & varnish.
After stripping the old varnish with a heat gun, sanding, and cleaning.
Refinished bowsprit after reinstallation.
The old lifelines sagging through the stanchions
Bets on how much longer that would have lasted?
New shiny & strong lifelines!
Assembling winch covers.
One of four winch covers, with the velcro strap that secures them in place.
Making a pattern for the dodger.
Probably my biggest sewing project - making a dodger.
Completed dodger - and functional!
The refrigeration system unpacked on my dinette table.
The shelf under my berth, showing the compressor mounting bolts.
The compressor on the platform. The condenser and fan sit right in front of the storage access door to promote air circulation.
The holding plate sitting in the back of my icebox. I still need to remove the tubes from my old system, seen on the upper right.
After gutting the pedestal of its wheel, instruments, and drive cable.
Cockpit just prior to removing the steering pedestal.
Removing the steering pedestal. The shade provided little reprieve from the heat and humidity.
Getting ready to cut an access hatch where my wheel pedestal was. This hatch will make it easier to inspect my rudder stuffing box.
Tiny closet: plenty of room for everything
Storage hammocks hang from both sides of my berth in the bow of the boat
New foam for cushions in the salon.
Shakedown after taking out the wheel and installing a tiller.
Anchored off of Broad Creek (the Neuse, not the Pamlico) the night before heading offshore through Beaufort Inlet.
Continuing south heading into the first night offshore.
Dolphins playing in the bow wave off of South Carolina. The one calf of the group is above the left side of my bowsprit platform.