As I promised a few people, I'm posting
up all the work
we've had done to customise our 2011 450 F from base config, into our 'home' and a voyaging boat
. We are not finished as yet, but as I've had a few queries, I'm posting
it as work
in progress, and will update more as other things are done.
<joke> WARNING: IF you are a diehard sailor, many things on this thread may offend you, starting with a television !. You've been warned... </Joke>
First, to put it in context, these modifications have been made with a view to OUR requirements and vision, pretty much as follows
- This is our HOME, full time, for several years. we do not currently own a shorebased dwelling that is our house. (Rental properties not included !). And doubt we will have one until we eventually sail back to Australia
- Both my wife and I intermittently work from the boat
, either study, hobbies, or occasional consulting. Therefore we require space to do so as office. Whilst we are on an extended sabbatical, we are "around 50 ish" and not (yet) retired. Whilst we've bailed on the rat-race, we both wish to stay somewhat current
. A laptop
in the salon
- We watch a LOT of DVD's. Very little / nil free-to-air TV, but have an extensive move and TV series collection which i've digitised. Home theatre isn't possible, but sorry to the purists, a decent TV is required !.
- We aim to make the boat both comfortable to live in, and sail well.
- Keeping the Admiral happy is a key ingredient, such as having space for her hobbies and culinary endeavours, then we can do this longer !.
- Going 'green'to some extent. Primarily to enable long stays at anchor
and avoid marinas
. Renewables helps that, including cooking
with them (electricity). We are fairly power hungry.
To date, all this work has been done in Marmaris, Turkey
by the excellent folks at "Off Shore Sailing" (Albatross Marina).
Their technical department is excellent, and the quality of the work is first rate. See "Yeola" on the forums
here, he runs the place.
(I have no affiliation with them other than paying them to work on our boat).
Fair warning though, when in their care, it is easy to just keep adding 'one more job' as several other forum members can attest to !. The last couple weeks it has been the "Lagoon 450 Maintenance
yard" with 4 diff ones in for some work.
Actual work in following posts, but before I start. I'd like to thank everyone who has posted ideas on Cruisers forum, or those who I've talked to directly, both in person and via Email
or PM here on CF. many of these ideas are taken from posts made here, or ideas of others, some directly, and some adapted to my needs.
I hope this post in some way gives ideas back, and may assist others in future.