The Voyage of the Swan
We also managed to replace some worn out cushions, add some cabinets, replace a cutless bearing, paint the bottom, polish all the exterior stainless (caked with 49 days of salt), strip the winches, and the list goes one.
The final projects include building a frame to hold two solar panels (the deck mounted one plus a new panel) and adding an additional battery for a total of three. The solar panel frame will clear the boom both up and down and fore and aft. After that we need to upsize the jibstay to 5/16” and add a class B AIS. Then we should be ready to do some cruising in this area and eventually head south to California in late summer (2011).
Outfitting: Tiller, Solar, Cutless, etc.
After three years cruising, the boat needed a little work. Also, we had some upgrades we wanted to do before we head into foreign waters again, where parts are sometimes scarce.
The biggest project was converting to a tiller. This involved welding an extension onto the rudder stock, machining the stock to fit the new rudder head, moving the engine controls and instruments from the pedestal, building a tiller and rudder shelf (Eric Bert; see below), removing the pedestal and its steering gear and finally covering the holes left by the pedestal. Pacific Seacraft was especially helpful, supplying the most important hardware.
“The art of the sailor is to leave nothing to chance.”

 — Annie Van De Wiele
During our haulout, we pulled the prop. This was taken after we broke it loose with a prop puller along with a lot of heat from a propane torch.
The new cutless bearing. No paint on the bearing. It will seep between the bearing and stern tube making it difficult to replace next time.
Stripping down the big Lewmar 50 sheet winch. It definitely needed a greasing.
Eric Bert, a superb designer and craftsman, working on new storage cabinets. He is also building our tiller and rudder shelf.
The aft storage locker by Eric Bert. He does excellent work. The finish and style matches the rest of the cabin.
The finished forward locker by Eric Bert. We can sure use the storage space.
The new Airmar in hull transducer to power the Tacktic depth sounder. It’s attached with 3M 5200 and filled with propylene glycol.
The new Tacktick compass and depth sounder. Totally solar. Totally wireless. Totally portable and no big holes in the boat.
We are converting from wheel to tiller. Here is the rudder with a new 17” extension welded on – first step in the process.
We moved the engine controls from the pedestal to the cockpit side in anticipation of converting to tiller steering. Not an easy job.
Stainless ring bolts and rope hooks secure the storage containers under the rudder shelf. Holes in the container bottoms drain any water.
The tiller in, the pedestal out. We decided to cover the pedestal holes in a way that would allow a new owner to go back to a wheel easily.
Our USB WiFi antenna. We have hit transmitters up to a mile away with it. It’s made by Radiolabs. We hoist it in the rigging only when we need it.
We built this frame out of Sea Dog rail hardware for the previously deck mounted solar panel. Then we added a new panel (both 85 watts).
We upgraded from two batteries to three (group 27 AGM’s) to store the additional energy generated by the new solar panel.
Our new Simrad Class B AIS. Now we can see the ships and they can see us. We put its GPS and VHF antennas on the solar panel framework.
Light chafing gear for the running backstays (brown dacron) where they bare against shackles and lifelines.
New Sunbrella® staysail bag by Taylor Sails. It’s attached to the stay with a ring for the halyard. The staysail just falls into it when furled.
Top view of the bag. Notice no zippers to stick, just snap fasteners along the top and forward opening. Leather is used for chafing gear.
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