Let the Refit Begin!!!


Folks I kid you not, the day after we arrived in Boston my oven crapped the bed.  The front burner on the electric stove only has one setting- Super hot. It sparks when you turn it on.  The dishwasher throws the plastic cups and tuper-ware around in the tub.  When the cycle is complete, half of them need to be re-washed because they are filled with dirty water.  I’m not sure why they placed the dishwasher under the electric stove on these boats, but it seems crazy to me.  The microwave takes 3 times the amount of time to heat then it should.  The freezer gets tempermental every now and again and thaws all of the frozen foods, despite the fact that I dropped $350 in repairs before we left Alabama.  I am ready to make some changes to this galley.  I am completely uninspired to cook anything.


I have already begun to bring the new appliances aboard.  The davit was a huge help with that.


The carpet in here is horrible.  We clean and clean, but it will be impossible to completely get rid of the stale musty odors until I dump this carpet.  I have never been a fan of carpet anyhow, just for this reason.  It gets dirty too easily, is difficult to clean, throws dust particles around and holds odors.  I cannot wait to tear it all up.  My uncle came by and helped me rip out the carpet in the salon.  What a great feeling that was.  It made a huge difference in the smell.


Two of the heads will also get a facelift.

This is going to be both interesting and challenging for me.  I have renovated many many homes, but I have never renovated a boat.  I know that I am going to have some things to learn in this process and hopefully will not make many costly mistakes.

Some of this refit (renovation) will happen now and unfortunately for me, some things will have to wait a couple of months.  My favorite carpenter is out of town.

I have a bunch of stuff to figure out, but I am excited, anxious and touch bit nervous to get rolling.  I do plan to document the process.  If you’re out there in blogland and have a good idea or notice something that I am doing incorrectly, stupidly or simply know a better way.  Please let me know.  I welcome feedback.


Let the refit begin…




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Let the Refit Begin!!! — 10 Comments

  1. You are such an inspiration! Congratulations on being back in Beantown with your new boat and I look forward to the rest of your journey. Good luck with the refit. Renovating can be a headache but also tons of fun. Enjoy!

    • Thanks a bunch. I am looking forward to having the boat be closer to my flavor 🙂 Honestly can’t say that it’s good to be back in Boston, especially as snow will be knocking at my door soon, but I am glad that we are at least in a nice location close to the Aquarium and all the good stuff 🙂

  2. You’re on the right track starting with a dirt carpenter. The marine guys – for the most part – are crooks. In fact my experience has been that any technician with “marine” appended to his name needs to be subject to scrutiny. I’m not saying there aren’t good ones out there – just that they are notable when you do find them.

    If you want to mess with your carpenter’s head, the first time he arrives to do some work, ask him if he brought his level.

    • Bob, I have to agree. I have been careful about using “marine” folks. I am using a marine electrician, because I don’t want to mess around with electrical stuff potentially not being done correctly, but my plumber and carpenters are all dirt guys.

  3. Do not be in a hurry to refit. First, secure an electrician to determine why the electric stove top sparks when you turn the switches. You could start a fire. Steam from our dishwasher raises during the drying cycle. Why place anything electrical above it? Did you have water come in a window near the stove top? Carpeting hides many problems. Check with RV dealers and check out what the motor homes have for flooring. My son used a vinyl strip flooring after he ripped out the carpet. Where the flooring meets the built in furniture will take some thought. Do you use baseboards or do you remove the furniture and put the flooring under the furniture? A lot to think about and consider which revolves around how you plan to use the boat. Stay at the dock or cruise?

    • No worries, I have already ripped out the old stove. I was thinking of using vinyl plank flooring on the lower level also. It’s water and moisture friendly, light weight, inexpensive and easy to clean. Your right about there being a lot to think about. The ins and outs of boats can be very tricky.

  4. Have fun with it and make it your boat. Remember while you’re doing it boats move so if you can put in some hand holds for when you need something to hang onto you won’t regret it.Larry

    • Hey Larry! It has been a lot of work, but it will be so worth it when everything is done. The biggest lack of hand holds that I have found is in the salon. It is so wide that when the seas get rough trying to get to and from the sofa gets tricky. I was usually the human hold.

  5. I just finished reading your blog from beginning to end. What a wonderful journey!
    I remember you from one of the cruising forums and the sometimes hard comments you had to deal with. You handled your self well on the forum and now as well. Wish you all the best and will continue to follow your progress as life unfolds. Congratulations. Brian

    • Thanks Brian. Yes, the forum folks can be a tough crowd, especially when you are new, but now that I have been around for a while it has gotten much better and most people are helpful. But, there is one forum I won’t name but won’t be going back there again. Way too many who are mean-spirited for me. It has all been part of the ride 🙂