Global Voyage

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

Appendix A: Boat Improvements Prior to Departure (1981 - 1982) page 7 of 109


Back at my office desk, I no longer had a business so I'm concentrating on learning celestial navigation.


Suka's cabin


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.

Ground tackle:

  • 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.
  • RDF.
  • Wind powered electrical generator with sailing/trolling adapter.
  • Spare alternator, injectors, and impellers.
  • Stanchion mounted BBQ.
  • Tamaya radar detector.
  • Q-beam.
  • Avon 4-person life raft.
  • Avon Rover 280 dinghy and Johnson 4-horse outboard.
  • Fenders.
  • 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.

Added later:

  • 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.

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GV 001: Title Page
GV 002: TOC
GV 003: Dedication
GV 004: Preface
GV 005: Prologue
GV 006: Beginnings
> GV 007: Work Done
GV 008: Making Ready
GV 009: Departure
GV 010: Sailing Credentials
GV 011: First Lesson
GV 012: Sextant Navigation
GV 013: Safety Harness
GV 014: Murphy's law
GV 015: Spirit of Adventure
GV 016: Holding On
GV 017: First Big Storm
GV 018: Storm Intensified
GV 019: Rolling Violently
GV 020: Mizzen Sleeping Bag'sl
GV 021: Freeing the Propeller
GV 022: Visits by Birds
GV 023: Crossing the Doldrums
GV 024: Nearing First Landfall
GV 025: Land Ho
GV 026: Fatu Hiva
GV 027: Trek Inland
GV 028: Anchor Watch
GV 029: Passage
GV 030: Hiva Oa
GV 031: Skin Diving Circus
GV 032: Almost Like a Jungle
GV 033: Polaris Missile
GV 034: Taiohaie Bay
GV 035: Cascade Hakaui
GV 036: Taipi Bay
GV 037: Cyclone Lisa
GV 038: Cyclone Nano
GV 039: Passage of Patience
GV 040: Tuamotu Archipelago
GV 041: Tahiti
GV 042: Cyclone Reva
GV 043: Secret Sharer
GV 044: Moorea
GV 045: Cyclone Veena
GV 046: Aftermath
GV 047: Good Weather in Papeete
GV 048: Huahine
GV 049: Raiatea
GV 050: BoraBora
GV 051: Rarotonga
GV 052: Tonga
GV 053: Fresh Air
GV 054: Tongan Feast
GV 055: Excursion to Maninita
GV 056: Mariner's Cave
GV 057: Fiji
GV 058: Ndravuni Island
GV 059: Mara Island
GV 060: Aneityum
GV 061: Noumea
GV 062: St Elmo's fire
GV 063: Breakwater Reef
GV 064: Bundaberg
GV 065: Life on the Burnett River
GV 066: Engine Sabotage
GV 067: Flying
GV 068: Aground in Round Hill Creek
GV 069: Gladstone Confinement
GV 070: Tropical Queensland
GV 071: Trip into Townsville
GV 072: Cairns Sojourn
GV 073: Cramped Cooktown
GV 074: Lizard Island
GV 075: The San Michelle
GV 076: Lost Mummy Cave
GV 077: Land's End
GV 078: Darwin
GV 079: Christmas Is
GV 080: Passage
GV 081: Cocos Keeling
GV 082: Crossing the Indian Ocean
GV 083: Rodriguez
GV 084: Mauritius
GV 085: Reunion Cirque de Mafate
GV 086: Reunion Cirque de Salazie
GV 087: Passage to Africa
GV 088: Kruger National Park
GV 089: Richards Bay
GV 090: Durban
GV 091: Port Elizabeth
GV 092: Cape Town
GV 093: Storm Passage
GV 094: St Helena
GV 095: Passage to Brazil
GV 096: Fortaleza
GV 097: Passage to Caribbean
GV 098: Bonaire
GV 099: Passage to Panama
GV 100: Panama
GV 101: Panama Canal
GV 102: Medidor
GV 103: Costa Rica
GV 104: Passage to Acapulco
GV 105: Acapulco to Cabo
GV 106: Baja
GV 107: Home Port
GV 108: In Retrospect
GV 109: Next Time
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