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


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

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Suka's cabin

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A crew is helping us haul the boat out of the water so we can clean and paint the hull.

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Pumping the bilge (floorboards removed) prior to removing the tanks.

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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.

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Working on the rudder.

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Painting the hull below the waterline with antifouling to retard the accumulation marine growth.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Topsides:

  • 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.

Galley:

  • 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.

Head:

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.

Salon:

  • 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.

Equipment:

  • 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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