First I'd like to say that I have read the numerous post here regarding our boats characteristics for 'Bluewater' sailing and the many owners thoughts on this. There is quite a range of thoughts on this and there is quite a bit of inspiring posts based on first hand experience (Ron Kyles etc.) which makes me confident in my intended journey. While I do not plan to cross any of the major oceans at this point in my planning, you never know where the wind might take us.
We are the proud 3rd owners of an 1988 C-36 berthed in Channel Islands Harbor in Oxnard, Ca. We have had her for 2 years, in which time we have done quite a bit of work as I will list.
1) Replaced all opening ports and re-bedded (obviously)
2) re-bedded all chainplate covers on the deck
3) added a larger bow roller and 45lb Mantus anchor with 150' of chain and 200' of 8 plait rode
4) electric windlass with wired control and wireless remote
5) New heavier 'offshore' main sail with 2 reef points
6) ditched dutchman system and added lazy/ ez jacks
7) New MFD/ chartplotter
8) Radar and Garhauer Radar post stern mounted with engine hoist
9) push pit mounted Life Raft
10) Dinghy and motor
11) running rigging (still more to do but will get done this winter)
12) new bilge pumps (thoughts on adding them to port and starboard sides as to work while heeled?)
13) compost head, removed holding tank and all associated plumbing in order to open up more storage relieve demands on electrical system
14) New lifeline AGM batteries for hous bank and increased AH (should probably change the starting battery as well)
15) removed propane tank from aft lazzarette, upgraded to Composite with more capacity and push pit mounted in order to free up storage in Lazarrette
16) added proper backing plates to pulpit and pushpit (G-10)
17) re-did deck paint with new non-slip (Total Boat product)
18) cleaned and diinfected all water tanks
19) cleaned and inspected genoa
20) new gaskets on both hatches ( think I need to replace the forward hatch as one of the nylon 'pins' of the hinge is protruding quite a bit and for the life of me I cannot get it to budge back into position
21) New LI and solar powered cooler/ refer which runs on LI power bank that can be used to charge electronics as well. The nav desk chair has been removed the cooler is in its own compartment which can slide out to access and the chair has been mounted back to the top of this compartment. ( it required no new attachment points so can easily be converted back to original configuration)
22) refer to port of galley sink/ top loading
23) stuffing box/ gland re-packed and new pedro hose, new cutlass bearing
24) removed single center mounted bow clete and added 2, 1 on both stbd and port side of bow w/ G 10 backing plate
25) G 10 backing plates on stern mounted cletes
There may be more I can't rattle off right now.
On my short list to do is to/ inspect:
1) replace/ upgrade standing rigging
2) Alternative charging/ power source ( Solar, Wind?)
3) Engine over haul, valve adjustment
4) new wind and depth instruments as I can't read the display on depth very well and new displays are not much cheaper than new system so thinking I should just upgrade so mnfg will be same across the board on my electronic suite
5) Steering system overhaul
6) proper backing plates (g 10) on stanchions
7) figure out best way to new run reefing lines ( don't really care if they go back to cock pit)
8) figure out best system for rigging spinnaker as has no system currently, but do have a nice un-used asym
9) Water maker/ de salinator, looking at a new LI powered portable system from seawater pro, this way I can take it with me if and when I get my dream boat and also as to not place more burden on my house bank
We would love other suggestions and thoughts, things I may have missed as I just rattled this off the top of my head.
Our plan is to start with taking a year off ( I don't think its enough time, wife is open for more depending on how it all goes). Head south slowly next August down southern Ca, down coast of Baja ( I've previously sailed to La Paz from San Diego) spending September and October in Bahia Asucion, and mostly Scorpion Bay surfing and keeping a keen eye on the weather and hurricane forecast, if needed with good forecasting and preparation we can head north to Turtle Bay in the event a Cane' decides it wants to re-curve into the peninsula. I've been plotting huricanes for the last 4 years, I feel confident in this plan with that and based on historical data. End of October when the Bajahaha passes by we're gonna chase them to La Paz and spend some time in the Sea of Cortez before crossing to main land Mexico and working our way south over the winter. Eventually making our way to El Salvador before the start of the new Hurricane season and on to spend summer in southern Costa Rica and pacific islands of Panama surfing, diving, fishing and exploring. I realize this is also the rainy season and when the south swell season is at its peak. Thinking Golfito and the Golfo Dulce region. When fall sets in head east through the canal and winter in Carribean Panama etc....
I would love some insight mostly on boat prep and things I may have left off in those regards, as well as any points of interest and must do's must haves.
Cheers! I hope to have some responses and look forward to it!!
88' Catalina 36'