I haven’t posted in quite a while however I thought I’d give an update on the Little Harbor 50.
Cara Mia has provided us with many joyful sailing days over the past 5 years and during that time we have had the opportunity to go through her in detail.
With our growing marine
business we have found ourselves in the fortunate position to be able to allocate one of our shipwrights to Cara Mia this year to attend to some of the cosmetic items which need attention....we are essentially resetting the clock for the next 20 years.
We’ve had her out of the water
several times for surveys and upgrades, especially below the waterline. The blisters
which any yacht of this age will acquire have all been treated with epoxy
as they appear....surprisingly none of them went past the filler into the fibreglass....another testament to how well the Little Harbors were built and justification once again for our purchase of her. There was some discussion of hull damage from a previous grounding and as such we were keen to investigate this prior to our purchase. As it turned out, there was minor cosmetic damage to the keel
area which was repaired by shipwrights prior to arriving in Australia.
With the upgrade of plumbing
systems (new heads, holding tanks
etc) and new fixtures and fittings we are bringing her back as close to ‘as new’ condition as possible.
is all rod rigging
and undergoes regular inspection
....essentially it’s bulletproof...new running rigging is on the list for this year...I like clean new sheets
but that’s just me.
Our shipwrights are refurbishing the hatches and portholes which brightens up the external appearance.....they are all beautifully made from stainless and come up ‘as new’ with new acrylic
which are all still available commercially. New acrylic
is cut in-house on our CNC router.
The brightwork, both internal and external is being refinished....who doesn’t like freshly finished brightwork. New canvas
for the spray dodger
is being made in-house by our trimmers in order to enclose the cockpit
against the winter weather
is perfect for short handed sailing as are the electric
winches....kick on the autopilot
and set your sails
as you desire....this year will see a review of the furler
gearbox/control board and all the winches.
suite had been upgraded before our purchase and is more than complete. As an electronics engineer
by profession I always want to see neat, well thought out and implemented electrical/communications systems. I’ve had the opportunity to upgrade some of Cara Mia’s systems but only insofar as upgrading the bow thruster electrical system
to the design recommended by the manufacturers...bow thrusters operating on 12 volt systems always need to be designed and implemented with great care to make sure they operate efficiently.
We see ourselves as custodians of Cara Mia and eventually she will pass on from us for new adventures.....our aim is to ensure she is in better condition than we received her....again that’s just us. We’ve taken great pleasure in recording the various jobs and are in the process of putting them up on our Youtube channel or website.