A Story About Sailing Around the World
Ray & Jenny aboard the ketch Suka
3 years, 35,000 miles, Nov 1982 - Jan 1986
Ray & Jenny Jardine
Back at my office desk, I no longer had a business so I'm concentrating on learning celestial navigation.
A crew is helping us haul the boat out of the water so we can clean and paint the hull.
Pumping the bilge (floorboards removed) prior to removing the tanks.
Getting down and dirty on the cabin floor. While hauled out, I drained and removed the fuel and water tanks so that Jenny could help scrub the bilge. I joked that she made a good bilge rat. (The bilge was filthy due to the previous resident, and when Jenny gladly got down there and starting cleaning, that was the first time (of a great many) I realized she was a keeper.
Working on the rudder.
Painting the hull below the waterline with antifouling to retard the accumulation marine growth.
Self-designed bowsprit cranse iron, fabricated locally. I had to install it during the haul-out, because I had to slacken the forestay and bobstay. Next I will install a second bobstay (attach to the empty hole) to reinforce the main one.
I hired a pro to help install the self-steering vane, because I was unfamiliar with how it worked and didn't want to make a mistake on installing so critical a part.
Jenny painting a box I made to house the propane tanks. We will mount the box on the coachroof aft of the skylight, to hold two 5-pound horizontal-fill bottles and a pressure regulator. See it in the photos to follow. Note: I made this box without screws, but used dowels instead.
Work done by myself (except for the welding and a little help installing the self-steering vane.) I did most of this work in the two years before Jenny came into my life.
Engine and ancillaries:
- Remove existing fuel system, and discard black-iron fuel tanks.
- Install new SS fuel tanks designed and built locally, 2 x 50 gallons each (100 gallons total).
- Install fuel gauges on the tanks.
- Relocate double Fram fuel filters, and install new fuel lines and fuel pump.
- Mount automatic Halon fire extinguisher overhead in engine compartment.
- Install oil pressure alarm.
- Mount new engine temp gauge to the binnacle.
- Splice in valve to the exhaust pipe, so I can close it during heavy following seas.
- Design and install bowsprit cranse iron, fabricated locally.
- Install bobstay keelson fitting at waterline, ditto the above.
- Install second bobstay to reinforce the main one.
- Make and install custom mast fitting.
- Install new running rigging throughout.
- Add inner forestay, release lever, deck fitting.
- Install staysail stay with heavy duty mounting at deck and mast, and pad-eyes mounted on deck.
- Install running backstays with 4-part block and tackle tensioners, and backstay chainplates on cockpit combing.
- Install wire topping lift for main boom.
- Install storm trysail track mounted on mainmast.
- Mount a pair of Lewmar 44 SS self-tailing winches to cockpit coaming, as primaries secured with heavy-duty custom SS pads.
- Install Jiffy reefing gear for mains'l.
- Make and install a better mast boot (old one leaked).
- Make and install separate track for the storm trysail.
- Re-design gooseneck fitting for main boom.
- Screw pad-eyes for the staysail onto the deck.
- Move mizzen sheeting system to afterdeck pad-eyes.
- Install mainmast steps.
- Install fitting for radar reflector.
- Make and install chocks to hold Avon 4-person life raft.
- Build box to house propane tanks, and mount it on coachroof aft of skylight. Holds two 5-pound horizontal-fill bottles and pressure regulator.
- Design ball-valve propane safety shutoff and mount it through coachroof, so in an emergency the cook could turn off the gas from inside the galley. (The stove had caught fire during a short foray to Catalina Island, and I had no way to shut the gas off, and had to use a fire extinguisher.)
- Remove and dispense with dinghy davits at the stern.
- Install cowl vents in afterdeck.
- Install afterdeck pad-eyes for jacklines and mizzen sheeting.
- Install chocks for expanding whisker pole on coachroof.
- Screw whisker pole padeyes to main mast.
- Mount larger halyard winches on main mast.
- Install Richy Helmsman compass on binnacle.
- Make storm hatchway door to be bolted in place while at sea.
- Remove hydraulic steering pump and take to a shop for a rebuild, and reinstall.
- Mount Autohelm wind vane on transom, with help from a pro.
- Remove and dispense with holding tank in order to make room for chain stowage.
- Install starboard hawsepipe in foredeck to accommodate ground tackle.
- Make chainpipe for "midships" stowage, to automatically feed anchor chain from hawsepipe to bilge abaft the mast.
- Install three-burner Shipmate propane gimballed stove w/ oven.
- Replace sink faucet.
- Install fresh water hand pump.
- Install salt water foot-pump and connect it to engine's raw water supply, with ball valve shutoff.
- Remove existing salt-water seacock at galley, and glass its thru-hull.
Main bathroom completely rebuilt.
- Remove old shower sump, and make better fiberglass shower pan.
- Mount hand-pump below wash basins, Whale Mk II sump pump, to pump the sump. Plumb waste pipe to thru-hull fitting.
- Install new shower unit.
- Install shower (fresh water) Jabsco pump beneath starboard settee.
- Install shower switch in head, and wire it to pump.
- Install pair of SS lavatory basins, plumb waste pipe to thru-hull fitting.
- Paper/tile walls of head.
- Remove after-stateroom bathroom and glass its thru-hulls.
- Install ball-valves beneath starboard settee to control each of three fresh water tanks.
- Run new water hose throughout the boat.
- Install water filtration system.
- Make and install starboard lee cloth.
- Rebuild salon table, removing top folding leaf, and reshaping the corners for a better fit.
- Build and install many shelves throughout the boat, including stowage compartments beneath the aft berth.
- Cut carpeting to shape of the floor. (Not used while underway.)
Electrics and electronics:
Fuse panel on Stb bulkhead is practically the only piece of original electrical equipment.
- Install Maranetics circuit breaker panel w/ voltmeter and ammeter on port chart-table bulkhead.
- Install Maranetics 110 V load center in walkway.
- Run heavy electrical wire throughout.
- Build fiberglass-clad platform to hold batteries, install in walkway.
- Install batteries: 2 8D, 205 Amp-hr deep cycle in walkway.
- Install battery switch in walkway, with diode isolater and new battery cabling.
- Install battery charger, 110 v. in walkway.
- Install depth sounders, Seafarer 700 and GME Electrodepth with separate transducers mounted through hull.
- Install Signet MK78 dualog.
- Install Signet MK 12 knotmeter and paddle wheel.
- Install VHF Horizon 8615 on the port bulkhead. Run cable through mast to masthead antenna.
- Install cassette-stereo-equalizer/booster, and speakers on the stb bulkhead.
- Install spreader light to each spreader, run wire though mast and into stb beaker panel.
- Install tri-color masthead lights on mast top, run wire though hollow mast and into the breaker panel.
- Screw barometer and thermometer to the salon wall.
- Design and install self-powered bilge alarm.
- Install burglar alarm system, wired at walkway breaker panel.
Bottom: Paint two coats of Proline 1088. Three thru-hulls plugged and glassed. Rudder rebuilt.
New sails: Gennaker, yankee jib, 140% genoa, staysail, storm staysail, and storm trysail.
- Hand bearing compasses (Silva 70UN, and OOMorin "Hockey Puck" w/ tritium gas light).
- Two Davis Mark 25 sextants with beam converger.
- Tamaya NC77 navigational calculator.
- EPRIBs (GME MT244, and Martech Mako).
- Autohelm 2000 autopilot to operate self-steering windvane trim tab.
- Wind powered electrical generator with sailing/trolling adapter.
- Spare alternator, injectors, and impellers.
- Stanchion mounted BBQ.
- Tamaya radar detector.
- Avon 4-person life raft.
- Avon Rover 280 dinghy and Johnson 4-horse outboard.
- Large, custom awning of Sunbrella.
- New 45 lb CQR, 35 lb Hi-Tensile Danforth, 3/8" chain and Nylon anchor rode: 5/8 in, 300 ft and 300 ft of spare anchor rode.
- 24 ft Para-sea anchor (not used).
- Zenith all-band receiver to obtain weather info and accurate clock time.
- Galley cupboard.
- S/S pulpit and pushpit rails.
- 80 amp alternator.
- New propeller (17-RH-14).
- Magnavox MX-4100 sat-nav with interface card.
- Sony all-band receiver 7600D.
- Yaesu FT757-GX Ham radio (modified to transmit 500-30,000 KHZ) and FC700 antenna tuner and Dynaplate grounding.
- Alden MK II Weather fax and paper.
- Latches on all cupboards.
- Wagner SE Autopilot, control box, fluxgate compass, and hydraulic pump.
- New mainsail.