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Old 11-01-2013, 04:22 AM   #21
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markpierce, OK, I'll bite! Why the cannon? I know you're dying to tell us. By the way, I like it. George
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Old 11-01-2013, 09:12 AM   #22
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markpierce, OK, I'll bite! Why the cannon? I know you're dying to tell us. By the way, I like it. George
Because everyone knows how much booze he carries on that Coot!
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Old 11-01-2013, 09:28 AM   #23
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Mark only fires his canon at steel hulled boats... just to watch (prove) cannon balls bounce off. Therein establishing total integrity for his steel Coot!

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Old 11-01-2013, 09:47 AM   #24
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A boat (even a newer boat) is always a work in progress. Additions and changes to Moonstruck so far.
  • added fold down computer desk in guest/den stateroom
  • removed table in saloon in front of settee, and added a leather storage ottoman to make a TV lounge
  • changed all lighting to LED
  • added battery monitor
  • added Raritan Purasan with Hold & Treat system
  • added larger capacity battery charger. in process of upgrading engine charging system, added pursine wave inverter
  • added dinghy davits to swing dinghy up on platform
  • in process of adding satallite TV receiver and adding cockpit shade
  • as Roseanna Rosannadana's daddy would say, "it's always something"

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Old 11-01-2013, 10:01 AM   #25
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Complete cleaning
Changed all fluids/filters
Check all hoses and be lts. Changed some
Replaced all incandescent lighting to led
Stripped flybridge varnish
Built new f.bridge sliding hatch
Built salon window shade valances
Replaced galley sink
Rebuilt vacuflush system
All new sanitation system ..most done in pvc hard pipe
New gps, plotter, broadband radar, 1kw sounder..partially installed
Built and installed new teak dash panels
Repaired teak deck caulking ( not finished with this yet)
Refinished teak sole in fwd cabin, head
Modified overhead galley cabinet to install microwave
Added additional bilge pump
New exhaust hose between engine and aqualift muffler

I know there is more.. but these are the bigger items. I try to spend as much time as I can tinkering on the boat as work and the Admiral allow

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Old 11-01-2013, 10:04 AM   #26
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So far at about the one year mark for ownership, absolutely nothing.
Same here, except for a larger anchor and a 9.9hp kicker because there's no towing services around here. Our plan all along was to wait one year before we made any changes, just to be sure they were actually needed or not...now it's a matter of editing that down to an afforable/manageable list!
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Old 11-01-2013, 10:28 AM   #27
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My small contribution was in the design department.

My boat belongs to a line of hulls ranging from 28’ to 46’ (mine). So far, there are 1 x 42’, 1 x 33’ and 5 x 28’. When the first 42’ was building and due to the fact that the hull has a wide beam, I questioned the designer if he could add to my project a pair of keels (?). He agreed and when the first 42’ splashed we could feel the need for those keels. In the meantime, 2 x 28” were built with the keels on my advice and they are significantly better in movement than the previous ones without the keels.

The owner of the new 28 with the keels reports a soft ride with small lateral movement comparing with the first

Picture #1 First 42' without keels
Picture # 2 First 33
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Old 11-01-2013, 11:12 AM   #28
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Starting at the bow:

Fly the RCM-SAR burgee from the bow staff;

Salt water washdown system with nozzle aimed at the chain just below the bow roller;

Recovered V-berth upholstery;

Added 12v outlets and puck lighting in V-berth;

Changed fridge from AC/DC power hog to DC;

Changed stove from propane to Fab-all diesel, added 2 burner propane cook-top;

Silestone white countertops in galley;

Single lever taps in galley;

Under counter puck lighting in galley;

New style ceiling lights throughout;

Added macerator pump, Y valves and bilge suction to holding system;

Hudson Reed taps at head sinks, shower/tubs;

Truck air horns;

Taller mast with useable lifting boom, mounted so no stays required;

Stand for mast when lowered;

Rack for Laser/Kayaks;

Electronics replacements.upgrades, (1/2 life of electronics is short, this is a continuous process) ;

Built teak locker to hang 1/2 folded charts below window in Saloon, integrated with cover for Diesel stove day tank;

Removed center window opening arms (gave away to forum member);

Removed Espar heater (gave away to forum member for parts);

Reupholstered main cabin cushions (second set this year);

New curtains (second set this year);

Replaced leaky window sliders;

Swapped out TMD40s at 4500 hrs for TAMD41s at 1500 hrs (now 3100 hrs);

Repitched props to lower cruising rpm and fuel consumption;

Added MS2000 Inverter/Charger;

Added Ample Power Next Step Regulator, EMON;

Changed house batteries from 8Dx2, 4Dx2, to Golf cartx4, changed mounting location;

Added 2 cuft DC freezer;

Shelves in aft cabin bilge (wine cellar);

Thicker foam mattress with rigid styrofoam insulation on top of water tanks in aft cabin;

Added 1 bilge pump;

Added Honda gas fire pump;

Repainted non-teak decks (tops of fwd and aft cabins, flybridge) several times, as required;

Added stiffening supports to davits to increase lifting capacity to over 1000 lb;

Caribe 12ft RIB with Honda 40;

Lengthened swimgrid from 20" to 33", including replacing short, bronze supports with longer SS supports;

Built boarding ladder, to hang outside either side door (Bronze hooks poured from one of the swimgrid supports);

Ordinary renewals, regular maintenance, varnishing, detailing, as needed.
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Old 11-01-2013, 11:17 AM   #29
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So far at about the one year mark for ownership, absolutely nothing.
You really didn't have to elaborate, Craig, your avatar pretty much nails it!
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Old 11-01-2013, 11:53 AM   #30
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Well, I didn't realize that this thread was a treatise on everything that we did to our boats! Keeping to the dictates that the OP suggested ("can't believe others hadn't thought of it..") I only listed a new salon hatch. There were other improvements, however, that included:

1) Changing out my anchor rode to a combo of chain & line.

2) Changing the cockpit awning hardware so as to access the bow easier.

3) Adding a polished SS anchor & chain stopper on the the bow.

4) Adding an anchor wash down to the port chain locker.

5) Adding an innerspring mattress to the captain's cabin.

6) Changed the holding tank gauge to one that works, in the head.

7) Adding an ER camera

8) Upgrading my alternator to 140 amps

9) Added a fuel polishing system

11) Added a FloScan system

12) Added a new smart charger

13) Changed the transom shower to a cockpit wash down

14) Added a SOC meter

15) Added two pole holders in the port & starboard gunnels

16) Added a new teak swim platform

17) Added a "fish finder" to my MFD

Projects on the docket include:

1) LEDs throughout the boat

2) 3 new windscreen wipers
3) Possibly a new refrigerator (Not sure as I don't use one that much)
4) Replace side window screens

This exercise has served to remind me how much money has been pissed away! I think it's high time I stop!
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Old 11-01-2013, 12:08 PM   #31
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[QUOTE=SeaHorse II;188586]Well, I didn't realize that this thread was a treatise on everything that we did to our boats! Keeping to the dictates that the OP suggested ("can't believe others hadn't thought of it..") I only listed a new salon hatch. There were other improvements, however, that included:


SeaHorse, that was the original intent, but it is good to hear what everyone has done to gleen a few ideas that I may not have thought of. The simple quick cheap mods where you get the most bang for the buck are the best though.
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Old 11-01-2013, 12:17 PM   #32
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After reading about all the fun and hard work those like Hollywood and Koliver have done on older vessels and Walt and Don on newer, one theme comes out:

There is a lot of knowledge on TF.

So my list is concise, lots of trips to the cookie jar. Newbies beware.
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Old 11-01-2013, 12:41 PM   #33
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markpierce, OK, I'll bite! Why the cannon? I know you're dying to tell us. By the way, I like it. George
Cannon envy. When Giggitoni shot off his cannon, I said to myself "I want one."

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Old 11-01-2013, 01:41 PM   #34
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Cannon envy. When Giggitoni shot off his cannon, I said to myself "I want one."
Same reasoning we used in deciding to upgrade to Kahlenburgs. Mark sounded his and we decided "We want one too." But I now admit to cannon envy and the admiral has it worse than I.


I really gotta stop boating with Mark

Walt the avatar really does describe our boating philosophy. Perhaps I should hire out the detailing to free up time for projects?
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[Walt said:
Well, I didn't realize that this thread was a treatise on everything that we did to our boats! Keeping to the dictates that the OP suggested ("can't believe others hadn't thought of it..") I only listed a new salon hatch. There were other improvements, however, that included:]

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Let me know how better did the change on your anchor rod improved the anchoring operation and safety. I am curious because I am, now not very convinced fan, of 100% chain.

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Old 11-01-2013, 02:51 PM   #36
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Walt the avatar really does describe our boating philosophy. Perhaps I should hire out the detailing to free up time for projects?
I sure hope you didn't take my remarks as a slam! "Brevity is the Soul of Wit" and your avatar is much more illustrative than mere words. =================>
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Never dream of it Walt I'm a big fan of your wit

And I honestly am considering hiring out the detail work. Can't lie to you though, I probably won't use the extra time for boat projects
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Let me know how better did the change on your anchor rod improved the anchoring operation and safety. I am curious because I am, now not very convinced fan, of 100% chain.
In my case, when I bought the boat, it came with an all chain rode. The chain turned out to be the wrong size for my windlass and was too heavy for my bow. (The boat did not recover as fast as I would like when coming off a wave.) I removed the old chain, bought 20 feet of 3/8 BBB and added 160 feet of nylon. The bow recovers much faster now and given where I boat & hardly ever anchor any more, I'm much happier!

Your boat and circumstances are much different than mine, however, and although I have always used a combination rode, I'd probably opt for an all chain rode on a vessel such as yours. I must say that when I was driving a 54' sport fisher years ago, it had a combination rode that was quite successful! The same success was experienced with my 48 Offshore.

There's no doubt in my mind that all chain is superior to a combination rode, it is but I don't think it's that much more superior. There's certainly advantages to both. (example) I never needed a bridle when anchoring with "combination." Cost of the "combo"rode was a lot less than all chain.

& I've had other boats )42 & a 38footer that had all chain.

When I set the anchor with "all chain" on those boats, I slept a lot better!

"You pay your money and you take your chances."
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One thing that falls neatly into the OP intent;

The round port in the aft cabin door provided only limited visibility and at some point I decided looked stupid too. So I cut out most but not all (3/8") of the plywood in the upper section of the door, cut out a Lexan piece to fit and bedded it in w black Sikaflex. The boat looks much better and visibility is far better. I can see that boat coming up close on the port side now. But the biggest improvement was how nice the rectangular window looks from aft. Just my opinion but it's just my boat.
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