Read: Bahamas Shakedown or Refit or Caribbean or en Francais
AlpenGlow Lights
10/12/2006

A big winner towards getting those AHs down. This is a wonderful company to work with and they produce an awesome product. These are the dual flourescent/LED (for red) versions. More light and less Amps! I did not change the head light as we don't use them enough to justify the cost.

Refit
Interior Speakers
10/12/2006

Custom built to fit the hull and provide enough clearance to be able to acccess the wire run w/o removing the speaker. The driver is some exotic full range French job that I can't remeber at the moment. We also have PolyPlanars mounted on the arch for music in the cockpit. I chose box speakers external because I worried about water ingress through a failed flush mount.

Refit
Lift Strut for Chart Table
10/12/2006

The standard issue spring thingy let the chart table fall on my head one too many times. Easy mod that works great.

Refit
Fiddle for Chart Table
10/12/2006

Just on the inboard side to help keep things in place but not where it somes under the wrist when seated at the chart table. Also added a fiddle to keep things on the counter from sliding into the sink.

Refit
Shelves
10/12/2006

A common modification: changing hanging lockers into pantries for a bit more storage. The J/40 does not have a lot of storage volume, particularly with water tanks under both settees. These shelves, and the ones in the forward hanging locker, give us enough to support four people for a couple of weeks. If we had a bit more faith in the water maker, we would consider removing one of the water tanks for more storage.

Refit
Handholds
10/12/2006

The J/40 could use a few more handholds below, as was done for the J/42. This column is an easy add to steady that lunge from the companion way.

Refit
LED Anchor/Tricolor Light
10/11/2006

In the quest for energy, here's how we see the standard anchor light: 1A for 12 hours is 12AH which is worth 6 gallons of water per day. Clearly unacceptable! I modified the anchor light using LED lights from http://www.bebi-electronics.com/. Before you write these guys off, they produce a better product at a lower cost than the mongo corporations like Perko, Hella, etc. In doing the modification I soldered all the connections, given that these guys never burn out and need replacing, to avoid another reason to go up the mast. As an aside, and on going up, I love the ATN mast climber. Since I usually work alone and, when I'm not, seem to always fall victim to an override whilst aloft, its a great product: just be prepared for a workout. I did leave the strobe in place, though it is illegal to use.

Refit
TackTick
10/11/2006

In terms of instrumentation, we converted the boat from Raymarine (yeach, as a company to deal with) and SeaTalk to TackTick and NMEA. Sure pulled out a lot of wire! Cut our power consumption (TackTicks are all solar except the hull transmitter and NMEA interface) and its great to be able to grab and roam with the displays. I like to take one up with me to anchor so I can watch the depth and also down to the nav station for plotting positions and doing log entries: very cool. The only negative is that the LCD displays are not quite as readable as the mechanical displays (wind angle, etc.) We also had the system go bonkers after a near/really close/direct lightening hit during a squall. A reboot got everyone talking again.

Refit

Newer ]  |  [ Older ]

 

Powered by SailBlogs