Preparing  DREAMCATCHER  for the voyage

The most important consideration in all our planning was boat integrity which was a well
defined link to our safety. The other part was cosmetic consideration, as
DREAMCATHCER would be our home for the considerable future. Then came creature
comforts………………and a budget (needless to say, the budget was thrown out very
early!....acronym for BOAT= Bring Onboard Another Thousand)… just write the cheques.!

Based on the criteria, we consulted a number of cruisers like Ernie and Emily, and Susan
and Graham, who had recently finished their circumnavigation. We also read  tons of
articles, and consulted experienced blue water sailors as well as lingered over website of
those who has passaged before us.

Based on all our research, we came up with the following:


Buy new sails & all new running rigging
Purchase cruising chute
Replace all standing rigging, and inspect mast
Increase wire size of lower forward shrouds
Replace head furler with new one (Profurl)
Pull the masts, and replace all internal wiring
Replace antenna, and add spare one on the mizzen mast
Add 3 colour masthead light with emergency strobe
Replace all canvas, and add new biminy to keep us out of the sun
Added full canvas to cover the boat completely
Add electric windlass, new 65 lb. CQR anchor, with 300 feet of 3/8” High test chain
Add davits for dinghy
Add outboard motor mount on stern rail
Purchase & commission Caribe hard-bottom tender with Honda 9.9hp motor
Anti static brush on top of main mast for lightning protection (jury still out on that technology)
Added additional teak trim to cockpit
Replaced all Plexiglas on hatches (boy, that was a tricky job because of the curvature!)
Replaced all 8 ports with New Found Metals ones & waterproof same (this took weeks)
Replace the aft safety Stainless Steel railings
Add 2 x 75 WATT solar panels (9.4 AMP hour charge at max)
Re-bed pulpit & re-seal all stanchions
Fit stern anchor


Inspected/replace all thru hulls
Replace cutlass bearing
Replaced stuffing in stuffing box
2 coats of bottom paint
Check rudder post and rudder
Varnish all teak


6 man RDF Life Raft
EPIRB with built in GPS (GPIRB)
Hand held Satellite Telephone
Furuno radar and electronic navigation
GPS for boat systems
2 hand held GPS
Hand held water maker for abandon ship bag
Stand alone Furuno Weather Fax


ICOM 810 SSB with Pactor Modem
2 HP Pavilion ze 530 laptops
Sailmail/Airmail Software


Replace all fuel and water tanks (the biggest nightmare of the remodel project)
Add Port side Settee
New seat for settees, and new colour fabric
Replace all orange fabric with new vinyl (lots of glue sniffing here)
Replace head liner and add timber battens, all new light fittings
Installed overhead handholds
Add 1800 watt inverter
Replace batteries, and increase capacity to 1200 AMP hours in 2 banks
Upgrade wiring from battery banks
Reorganize fuse panel, and add additional circuits
New microwave oven
Paint interior masts
New cushions
New mattresses
New carpet
New stereo system/speakers
Re-furbished all interior blinds (GT’s bathtub was out of commission for weeks!)
The Bar – designed and fitted by Roger Youngberg
Location and Sail Plan