Some items need figuring prior to my 2018 Salish Sea cruise.
List of optional items –
- Electrical – greater storage battery capacity? upgraded panel? USB charging port(s)? 12V status monitor? solar panel?
- Potti – larger? different type: wag bag or tank? (The potti currently on the boat is broken and I’ve not been able to find parts – not even on eBay! I can use the one I use in the truck camper bu the issue is ‘holding capacity’.)
- Dri-deck – under the cockpit floor and in the port cockpit locker. have a couple of squares some already under the cockpit and more would decrease the chance something ends up in the bilge.
- Halyards – the current halyards are a bit ‘crunchy’. (I’m considering giving them a wash to see if they improve.)
- Trailer motor mount for outboard – with the camper on the truck need a place to put the outboard … and not excited about having it on the transom when towing the boat.
- Mainsheet traveler – get ride of the plastic Clamleat 203s and replace with Harken 468s with angles riser wedges for easier adjustment.
- Install Mastgate – so mainsail slugs don’t fall out of mast.
- Replace masthead sheaves with ones that spin more smoothly and don’t squeal
- Replace topping lift line – current one is 1/4″ and 3/16″ is more appropriate; or replace with a Boomkicker.
- Gas cans – No-spill 1-1/4 and 2-1/2 gallon. (Current ones are prone to leaking and are are not as easy to use when filling the motor.)
- Reefing lines – embarrassed to write as I’m not exactly sure if the hardware for the second reef clew line is present.
- Main sail cover & jib headstay bag – don’t have and best practice is to protect the sails from the UV!
- Antifouling bottom paint – SWEET PEA’s hull is painted and done by the prior owner in 2008. Besides being 10 years old there are locations that need touch-up. Get a quart and just cover the ‘thin’ locations?
- Implement my idea for the ‘simple companionway dodger’ – I’ll discuss this idea in a future post.
List of ‘for sure’ items (but still thinking about) –
- Whisker pole – Forespar 6′-12′ pole for light wind sailing – gone missing
- Running lights – stern light? (don’t have one) masthead light? – gone missing
- Windex – current one is broken.
- Boom hardware – need to create an outhaul to replace current ‘wimpy’ one and to better use the now loose foot main (had the main modified about four years ago).
- Replace outboard motor mount wood pad – install HDPE pad – current one is rotting as wasn’t marine plywood and I didn’t keep it varnished.
- Replace mainsheet traveler line. – current one is rotten
- Charts for locations north of the Gulf Islands.
- Umbrella – wonderfully useful thing and strongly recommended by Dylan Winter
- Water jugs – thinking capacity for at least 10 if not 15 gallons of H2O
- WA State moorage permit – $ well spent as will save a lot of money on dockage and buoy fees over a long Spring, Summer and Fall
All the above are all cost money. Boat’s ain’t cheep (even little ones). I’ve selected a few items that are not of the ‘highest quality’ and I’ve already reached the $2500+ mark! It also kills me to be paying RETAIL!!