We own a 2002 Beneteau
Converted it into a party circuit double hander which my wife and I handle very well.
What did we do??
1. Dropped the traveler down. Hand to shorten the removable picnic lockers Used existing hardware
. Cost including cosmetic and bench shortening 800.00
2. Replaced house and starting batteries. House @ 3 AGM
345 amp hours ..Starting Battery
(typical of house 115 amp hours) and moved into and behind the water
heater space.. starbord aft berth. Added the house battery
into the space below the stairway where there was only one house.
3. Electrified the mainsheet winch
. Since it is continuous mainsheet, we only needed to electrify one winch
4. Electrified main halyard
5. Added Raymarine
E120 and placed it in front of the helm
6. We use the ATN snuffer, tacker.. Suzanne runs the simple fordeck and auto helm
drives while the helmsman tails for the spin hoist and trims until the fordeck gets back to the cockpit
Note: it is very easy and safe to get to the halyards since the traveler is down on the cockpit deck
7. Shrortened the boom by 5 " saving my (big) nose on jibes. Took 45 minutes with a jigsaw.
8. Added Strong Sailtrak. The mainsail
hoists like butter reducing strain on the winch motor
9. Added a Balmer 100 amp alternator
Battery Monitoring System
10. Added galvanic isolation
11. Added a remote
(around my neck) Raymarine
auto helm which achieves apparent wind
better than most racers can.
12. water maker forward of the mast
where transducers are.
Re-plumbed the head
eliminating some of the worst OEM hoses I have ever seen. Went with oder guard hose and it just dont smell anymore. We flush with fresh water from the sink supply. Easy and safe conversion.
13 Went with Lazy jacks but will change to a dutchman system in about a month.
14. Sailplan is 104 % carbon fiber Quantum jib
with vertical battens for furling
to our Mark 4 Harken
. Went with a medium cut. Main is a Quantum Carbon Fiber that matches the Jib
15. Installed inhaulers for better upwind trim in lighter conditions on the San Francisco
Bay. When we get them!
Call si voux plait Robert 415-720-4828
PS She loves 12-20 knots of breeze and we have had no real problem in high 20's to low 30's with a single
reef an cranked in jib. We don't like these conditions and do not fly the chute but are relatively comfortable when they occur unanticipated.
There is probably some stuff I forgot but she is a dream to sail.