I acquired a 1974 Islander 34 a few months ago, and have been slowly working my way through all the internal systems (pulling 30 years of old wires, replacing the porta-potty with a Lavac
and a holding tank
, replacing the kerosene stove/tank with propane
, cleaning/painting bilges, etc etc.). I've moved aboard, and am repurposing the cash that I was spending on SF rent and preparing her for an extended multi-year cruise
, most likely beginning this fall. I'm saving up for a new set of sails
, new rig, and new canvas
, and need to paint
her topsides as well.
it's getting to be time to work on the outside of the boat! she sails
very well, especially considering I think she still has her original mainsail
- possibly the baggiest I've ever seen.
I was wondering if any of the owners on CF have done extensive cruising on their I34's, and if so, maybe we could share some photos - it can either be in this thread, or perhaps we could make a new one?
I'm looking for answers/thoughts/ideas/examples on the following:
- do you cruise with extra jerrycans for water/diesel? if so, where do you store them?
- have you inspected your shroud
chainplates? it seems like only the top shroud
chainplates are secured to a bulkhead, and the two mid-shrouds are just deck
fittings with backing plates
... I'm considering pulling all of these out to external side-hull-mounted chainplates, thoughts?
- do you have a watermaker
aboard? if so, what do you have and where did you install it?
- I have a *fantastic* offshore dodger
, but my bimini
is a flimsy generic one, poorly mounted. does anyone have a bimini
they really love, and if so could you send pics?
- I have an Aries windvane
on the stern, but I'm also interested in adding solar panels
back there... does anyone have both, and are you happy with the way you have them configured?
thanks in advance.