The Voyage of the Swan
Converting the wet locker to storage for the pots and pans (six altogether).  Bungee cord will secure them at sea.
Taking a break for dinner.
Removing the last section of Battcar track so our Strong Track can be installed. There were 78 screws to remove. Yay! No more battens!
Over-drilling and filling the tack plate holes with epoxy, which are then under-drilled for the through bolts, first step in converting to a cutter.
The new tack plate for the staysail stay.
Rhonda’s brother, Ronnie, and friends, Otis and Shaun, visit from Texas.
Feeding the new Strong Track into the mast groove. Our mainsail was made with slides to fit this track (Port Townsend Sailmakers).
Our mainsail, in the bag for five months, is finally set. What a pleasure to hoist, reef and furl without battens!
This halyard shackle won’t lead fair (the splice is too tight). This will need to be replaced.
Attaching and cementing a new seal for the engine hatch cover.
Checking the raw water strainer. The PSC 34’s cockpit engine hatch is a wonderful improvement on small boat engine access.
This is why it’s a good idea to check the raw water strainer. It was partly blocked with seaweed and other denizens of the sea.
Fitting the cone over the core wires during the install of a Hayn Hi-Mod backstay insulator.
The new backstay, turnbuckle and Hi-Mod terminal. Now, there are just seven more wires to go, all will be 316 SS 9/32” (up from 1/4”).
The sweetest way to store a jib on deck and save some space in the cabin. This cover was made by Lee Sail Covers (
Outfitting: Working the List
After completing the jobs necessary to safely sail the boat coastwise and make her livable at a basic level, we prioritized a list of projects necessary to bring the boat back up to an acceptable degree of offshore worthiness. We also wanted to convert her back to the cutter rig she was originally designed for, so we could take advantage of that rig’s easier offshore sail handling and speed. Finally, we needed to add features we felt would make the boat easier to live aboard and sail for long periods of time.
The list seems endless. Every time we cross something off the list, it seems we think of two more to add. The pictures below are a sampling.
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