Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Up grades and new additions

I decided to sit and make a list of the up grades and new additions that we have been doing with Tybee Time since her purchase 2 years ago. I guess we could have gotten more done, but living two hours away from her doesn't afford too much time for work on board. But then again I know that during the summer we usually spend more time enjoying her rather then working on her. Hey, ya gotta have some fun sometime....I know everyone when considering cruising has to make decisions about what is important and what they can live without. One must make compromises about the little nicer things in life but its the compromises we are willing to make in order for us to pursue our dream. I think we have for the time being gotten all the larger projects out of the way and really are only left with doing the small things. Below is a list we compiled.


Replaced all Hatches & windows with new Lexan
Refurbished engine control panel
Added a new Raymarine 24 mile 18” Radar and mast platform
Added a new Raymarine C-80 for the nav pod
Added a new Raymarine Wind Vane
Replaced the Throttle and Clutch control Handles
Refurbished the compass on the cockpit pedestal
Added a new bigger pedestal guard
Added a new fold out teak table and drink/binocular holder
Added sheet bags in the cockpit
Added a new anchor windless
Added a new battery under front berth designated for anchor windless
Added a new Kyocera 135 watt solar panel
Added a new 12 v Air Breeze wind generator
Added a new party size Magma grill
New mainsail
New mainsail cover and lazy bag system
Added a new sunbrella cover for cockpit pedestal
Added a new larger nav pod for steering pedestal
Refinished all topside teak
Added 3 new house batteries and 1 new start battery
Added new mounting blocks and foot blocks for Genoa
Replaced the old manual bilge pump in the cockpit
Added a mid-ship cleat to each side
Added a new remote station for radio c/d player down below into the nav pod
Got 150 foot of triple B chain for anchor
Had the bottom sand blasted, keel joint re-done, rudder repaired, 5 barrier coats applied and hard bottom paint applied.
New Walker Bay Genisis 10’2” hypalon hard bottom dinghy
New Mercury 9.9 horsepower 4 stroke outboard for dinghy

Head area

Added a new faucet with shower head diverter

Installed a new shower curtain track

Nav Station

Added a Tri Metric 2020 Battery system Monitor
Added a new water & waste Sensa tank marine 100 tank monitor
Extended shelf above nav station to better utilize space

Added a new 21” Flat Panel TV for salon
Installed new Teak & Holly flooring throughout the boat

Redoing the cushions on the settees

Installed a new faucet
Added a new salt water faucet and foot pump
Added a cutting board cover for the stove to increase work space
Added a new glass rack over galley sink

Added shelving in the cabinet over fridge

Back & front Berth
Added shelving to hanging lockers and cabinets in back berth
Recovered cushions in both the front and back berth

We have decided that we are going to pull the cushions in our back berth and buy a new memory foam mattress. Our berth just isn't that comfortable and if we are going to be sleeping on it every night then I have to be comfy. Looking online for a good quality memory foam mattress will give anyone a good case of sticker shock but I found one that seems to be a decent quality and the price is right. They also give you an in home trial so we will give it a go and if we like it then we will cut it to fit the ever so odd shaped bed that every boat seems to have. One other thing we are planning on doing is pulling the cushions from the front berth and changing that into our garage/store room. Yes we are getting rid of one berth but our guest will have to either sleep in the salon, or we will give up our area for their stay. The salon has a single and a u shaped settee that has a filler, so they call that a double. At any rate we will make it work. If anyone has any ideas for creating nifty storage areas in the vee berth or other places please feel free to comment. At this point I need all the pointers I can get. Also if anyone has any questions regarding anything we have up graded or added please feel free to ask. We did everything ourselves so we know what it took to get it done. Oh yeah, 77 days and counting.....Whooooohooo.

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