Now for the 49 Changes

DSC00516OK, folks, we have a problem.  The problem is, after seeing all these totally cool wooden boats, you come away with a completely different understanding of what this fantastic little micro cruiser can do.  Then you start dreaming, then you come up with #49 things you want to do to improve your boat.

Here is my list:

  1. refinish bright work (it failed completely)
  2. fix rudder downhaul (failed on oyster bed debacle)
  3. re-rig #1 & #3 reef points
  4. re-rig lazy jacks (add adjustability)
  5. run thicker downhaul line
  6. run longer halyard line
  7. add oar locks
  8. buy oars (break down version from Gig Harbor)
  9. fasten oars onto seat longitudinals
  10. add foot well
  11. add hatch aft of foot well
  12. router seat sides to accept filler boards
  13. build filler boards
  14. secure filler boards to transom
  15. attach anchor against transom (ready to deploy within 5 seconds)
  16. build anchor rode locker, secure biter end of anchor line.
  17. rig anchor retrieval system to boat
  18. add 1 additional fuel bottle (1 liter Nalgene bottle)
  19. clearly mark both fuel bottles with duct tape for clarity
  20. secure small funnel to each (2) fuel bottle
  21. design Bimini (Sergei, Tyler and a rain storm totally convinced me of the merits of a Bimini)
  22. build new boom (1″ taller to better accommodate reefing hardware)
  23. simplify toilet, bail bucket and garbage into one small bucket, secure to boat
  24. organize veranda:  tow lines, fire extinguisher, lantern, shoes & jackets all hung neatly and securely to bulkhead #3
  25. add compass
  26. add safety flairs
  27. add music
  28. add (2) VHF radios
  29. rework all storage items, dry bags, dry boxes for better organization
  30. lube engine swivel mechanism
  31. store extra prop & pins
  32. create tool kit for all simple repairs
  33. add leather to spars
  34. add transom stainless eye for simplified towing (quicker attachment & removal of tow lines)
  35. add wing nuts to mast boom crutch for fast removal, fore and aft
  36. add thin yoga mat cushions to seating
  37. add sponge and tether to boat
  38. add small dust pan and hand broom, secure in hatch
  39. add water boots & storage bin (I now have a no shoe policy inside the boat)
  40. replace all dock lines & tow lines with braid (3 strand comes unraveled)
  41. redesign bow of trailer to minimize rubbing
  42. rebuild CB cover to accept O-ring to prevent water intrusion
  43. replace life jackets with simple design (pillow back design on current jackets get hung up on main sheet)
  44. add O-ring to CB bolt for water tight fitting
  45. router finger holds in skegs
  46. add grab rope to center board for easier retrieval
  47. add 5:1 retrieval block and tackle
  48. buy (2) pneumatic rollers with foot pump for beaching Shackleton
  49. buy a dry suit for a Yellowstone Lake sailing expedition in 2017 (come join me)

I plan to blog about each and every change I make.  The capability and versatility of this little micro cruiser just continues to impress.  

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One thought on “Now for the 49 Changes

  1. I ordered 2 of these:
    http://www.amazon.com/Whitmor-6462-789-Canvas-Clothespin-Bag/dp/B000I6739C/
    (Credit to Will who had similar canvas bags in his cuddy.)

    They hang perfectly in on the inwales between bulkhead 3 & 4 and can be used to store anything you like. Not waterproof, but they certainly organize things well. They look quite silly with the clothespin embroidered on them, but I like it. If you don’t, just remove the embroidery with an embroidery remover.
    Consider drilling 3/8″ holes in the inwales so that other parts can be hung.

    I also bought these cupholders:
    http://www.amazon.com/Custom-Accessories-92200-Black-Holder/dp/B009IKAARQ/
    Credit to Sergei for the idea.

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