Besides the larger projects there have been a host of small wrinkles to be attended to. Below some of these smaller improvements are collected. For instance handrails next to the entrance, open hawses for anchor line when using a bow anchor as it is often done in Scandinavia (bow to land), protective boom iron for the dorade valves and SS protection on the gunwale. Furthermore we have mounted an extra skylight in the saloon mostly to improve ventilation, we have mounted a hatch in order to be able to access valves and hoses from the holding tank and we have had a trap made in the saloon floor in order to be able to store more beer in a cold place. Finally it is worth while mentioning that we have had to change the entry hatch which was poorly made of plywood with a completely insufficient plastic lock. The pictures below illustrates some of the small (but often very important) improvements and changes we have made.
|Original plywood hatch replaced with plexiglass and a new and a further safty bar with padlock when leaving the boat. Also note that hatch may be secured with lock bolts from the inside|
|Mosquitoes can be a nuisance but the above net (made from old sailcloth, nylon net and two wooden teak sticks) does the trick. And it's easy to roll and stow away|
|The inflatable is always a problem, you don't really want to tow it and we do not have space on deck (solar panels and baby stay). We have thus acquired a set of dis-mountable davits. They do however, block the access to the swimming ladder and the dingy has to be launched every time we use the bow anchor and go stern-to which is normal in The Med.|
|Most boats has several unused cavities that are easily transformed to usable lockers. This one for paint, solvent and paintbrushes||Other cavities are under the floorboards and were originally not accessible|
|Fresh water shower at the sugar scoop|
|In order to ease control of the genua sheets we have installed towable genoa cars that can be controlled from the cockpit. Even if it is a cruiser and not a racer you want to get the best of sailing|
|Protective boom iron||Extra grab rails||Mounting board for outboard|
|SS chafe-protection on gunwhale and new extra hawse|
|Foldable steps to ease acces to deck from forecabin||Fiddles are mounted on both bunks in main cabin||Anti slip material on varnished steps (Treadmaster™)|
|Port cockpit locker is very spacious but unfortunately exhaust pipe and air intake for the heater restricted the use (The exhaust gets very hot). We thus have made various 'arrangements' to improve use|
|Cupboards and drawers are plentiful but to make them usable we have had to establish various kinds of separations|
|Fiddles on the gas cooker was to narrow to provide for larger pots and pans and have had to be expanded (fortunately we have friends who are expert welders).
||Extra hatch (with mosquito net), when in hot climates you can't get enough air through the cabin