Home  Upgrading Windfreak for Cruising

In 2006 and 2007 MANY hours and over $30K have gone into the outfitting of Windfreak. With Vicky and other friends help I have managed not to hire anyone to do the work.  Id say for every 5 days of work, we have played 1.  Vicky may not think the ratio is that good.  :)  But for me the work is just as enjoyable as sailing, anchoring, dinghying around Clearlake, and swimming at the pool.

With everything in tip top shape, Im hoping there will be very little maintenance while we are in the Caribbean.  But, as most people say... "That remains to be seen."

In the interest of other cruisers preparing old boats for a new life I have put my bill of materials here.  I guess I went overboard on some stuff so you might be able to get by cheaper...


The Nav Station had a leak behind it when I bought the boat. One of my first tasks was to rebuild it.

Here it is after the wood work. This is an intermediate step....


This is the final version as of 8/21/2007. Im a techy geek, so I like electronics. They are made to go out, admittedly. But I have the skillz to repair just about anything, especially if I have access to a schematic. I have a sextant and paper charts just in case.

There were a few more leaks that caused some panels of the cabin sole to need replacing

Where did the leaks come from? Old Beckson portlights with old caulk! Almost all of them were leaking.

All the portlights removed

I replaced with new Beckson portlights. I used gray because they were in the discount section of Becksons website.

I got a lot of good advice by calling them on the phone rather than just going with their online instructions.

What fun.

I like being up the mast. Even after I cracked a vertebre from jumping off the bleachers in 8th grade.

Just remember that the whole marina hears you when you are talking to your helpers!!

Inner Forestay tang and block for the hailyard. This is a removable solent stay that will be attached during higher winds for hank on jibs.

I replaced all the standing rigging with Hayn Himod mechanical fittings. I also put in a backstay insulator for the future HF Icom7000.

The quick release lever for the solent stay. Rigged from used components to save money.

The highfield lever comes completely off from the 9/32 wire so that the wire is just long enough to be lashed down close to the spreaders. When using the 150 Genoa it will be completely out of the way for tacking.

Bob, my welder, and I created this dinghy davit system. It holds the dinghy plus the motor, solar panels, vhf antenna, and soon a radar dome. Im not a welder, but I spent at least 40 hours with him in his shop putting this monster together.