Boat Projects

Everything on your boat needs fixing
– you just don’t know about it yet!”

I remember reading a statement similar to that on a boat owner’s forum website. Truer words were never spoken…

I have always liked working on stuff & all through high school I worked part time at a local service station pumping gas, changing oil, fixing tires & often helping the licensed mechanics with their more complicated repair vehicle projects. My dad was also very handy at home & he taught me a lot.

We owned Ananda from 2006 to 2016 and have had Santosha since 2017. Over the years we made several improvements to our boats and along the way I picked up a lot of good advice and tips from boat owner’s forums. 

Below are links to details about a few of my projects. ​For most of these projects I have recruited some professional help as the work being done was either beyond my skill set or I did not have enough time to do it all myself (or both!).

Projects Completed On Santosha (34′ Marine Trader – 2017 – Present)
Galley renovations including new alcohol stove & cupboards (2017)
– Refinish all interior wood panel walls in main cabin (2017)
– New water muffler (2017)
– New 12v DC to 110v AC inverter (2017)
– New alcohol stove & galley cupboards (2017)
– New electric flush toilets forward & aft cabins (2018)
– Reupholster all bed mattresses & galley cushions (2018)
– Repair side and aft decks (2019)
– Strip & refurbish hull (2019 & 2020)
– New bow thruster motor & control (2019)

Projects Planned For Santosha (2020 – 2021)
– Finish work on boat hull started in 2019
– Install new oversize Racor fuel filter & electric fuel pump
– Strip & refinish all exterior woodwork
– Refinish floors in main cabin & fore & aft cabins
– Repair/replace ceiling fabric in forward cabin
– Complete renovations to galley cupboards
– Rebuild swim platform
– Touchups to various spider cracks, nicks & dings on boat
– Investigate installation of new galley refrigerator including another DC to AC power inverter

Projects Completed On Ananda (36′ Nauticat – 2006 – 2010)
– Strip and refinish all exterior woodwork (& it’s time to do it all over again!) (2008-2009)
– Refurbish exhaust elbow & cooling water injector for water muffler (2010)
– Replace original exhaust elbow with new stainless steel unit (2012)
– Galley renovations including new refrigerator and stove (2010)
– New toilets & forward head holding tank (2010)
– New TIKI Navigation system (2010)
– New sound insulation for engine hatch covers (2010)
– Main and mizzen storage system (2012)
– New TackTick T033 wind instrument (2010)
– New Heater Craft 201-H-C cabin heater (2010)
– Dripless shaft seal & new cutlass bearing (2012)
– New shaft saver for transmission & line cutter for propeller shaft (2012)
– VHF-AIS Radio (2010)
– Dingy davits (2010)
– New electric fuel pump (2010)
– New oversize diesel fuel filter (2010)
– Portable power generator (Honda 2000w) (2012)