We spent 5 yrs getting the boat 'ready' to go cruising as she was vintage 1985 when we bought her in 2000. We addressed the following during the period [and spent lots of boat units and time]
8/2000 New Main, New 140% Genoa, New Asymmetrical
8/2000 Replace All Standing and Running Rigging, All New Norseman Fittings, All New 1X19 Wire, Replace Steering Cables
8/2000 Replace Aft Holding tank with Lectrasan, Install new 30 gal. Holding tank Forward, Install Galvanic Isolator
Rebuild Rudder [remove skins, new foam, reseal], Install Spurs Cutter - Assembly C with 1 ½ Holding Block 3
Install PSS Dripless Shaft seal [stuffing box]
10/2000 New Max Prop 19 3 blade uses 83mm zincs
3/2001 12v Supply side replacement
New Main Battery Bank 12 Rolls Batteries 840 amp hours
New Vital 270 amp primary alternator
New Vital 135 amp secondary alternator
Install Link 2000R Regulator for primary
Install InCharge Regulator for engine start
Prosine 2.0 Inverter Charger
Replace Engine Exhaust Hose
Upgrade Windlass Circuit Breaker and remote
New Master Switches, Terminal strips, wire, etc. as necessary
4/2001 Repaired leaking fixed ports (all six)
9/2001 Replaced both throttle and shift cables
3/2002 New Handcraft Inner Spring Mattress for aft stateroom
9/2002 Replaced main DC motor on refrigeration, Replaced Condenser and control on Air-conditioning
9/2002 Completion of deck project - Removed teak decks, rebuild so ready for Alwgrip, Awlgrip topsides, deck, and mast, Install new teak decking in cockpit , Replace all deck hardware with Harken Black Magic cars and adjustable jib leads, Replace teak hand rails with stainless steel ones, New Wavestopper Hard Dodger with dual height Bimini
New Screens, New Hatch sun covers, New canvas for all other misc. items,
3/2003 Rework fuel system for primary diesel install, Dual - Racor filter set-up with ability to polish fuel from tank.
6/2003 New Simrad AP22 Autopilot with remote and new Raytheon Type 2 long linear drive, Upgrade B&G to include compass
11/2003 Rebuild Battcar system all new torlon bearings, Add Stainless bowsprit
5/2004 Peel Bottom for Blister repair add 1 layer biaxle cloth and repair with Dow 8084 vinyl ester.
5/2004 Add Kato Voyager davits, Kato motor lift and reinforce transom to support, New Fisher Panda generator PMS 4200 Plus, Redo 2 closets to dressers and line with cedar, Add non-skid to Bob deck, Add Lewmar opening port over galley stove, Repair Refrigerator Box, Replace all dome lights
3/2005 New Interior Cushions Main Salon / Forward Pullman Double
3/2005 New Watermaker Sea Recovery 300 gal/day not installing membrane so warranty does not begin until membrane installed
5/2005 Add new secondary anchors and rodes [Spade A140 & Fortress FX37]
8/2005 Install KISS Wind Generator on Pole, new #3 jib
3/2006 Update Engine - New raw water pump, hoses, heat exchanger, exhaust elbow, etc.
4/2006 Replaced refrigeration with new Sea Frost system
The above represented the significant stuff prior to taking off cruising for 'X' yrs. We left in June 2006 and before we got back to Annapolis in October on our way south, where we started from the following failed:
Generator - replaced under warranty - failed 2x
Battcar track screws needed to all be rebedded with locktite as a few vibrated out
snatch blocks blew up while flying the spinnaker
self tailer on one winch failed which required new parts
The above is in addition to normal wear and tear items that go with any boat. The message is no matter how much you prepare and think you have it all covered, something will not work when you expect it to.
Ah fixing boats.... where ever you are.