G'Day Sara and James,
I had a look at your list... lots of work and money
represented there for sure.
But I must agree with the above posts that suggest NOT doing most of those projects until you have sailed/lived aboard for some while. In fact, the only ones that I would attempt initially are renewal of the standing rigging
if its age suggests that it might be ready to fail, and possibly bottom paint
if it needs it to stay reasonable clean. If there are any areas of serious rust, local repair
might also be indicated.
It is rather common for newbies to do a lot of reading and come up with a similar list of "improvements" for a newly purchased vessel. All too often, these ideas prove fallacious, and in the best case money/time are wasted, worst case actual damage is done to the new toy. Reading and theoretical knowledge are indeed useful, but experience is more specifically directed at your boat and your actual usage of it.
A specific case in point: when we sold
our previous boat, we had been living aboard
and cruising full time for 17 years. The new owner, who thought of himself as an expert, immediately tore out much of the interior
, removed the wind vane steering
, junked the LPG system and stove
for an alcohol job w/o an oven
, removed the mainsheet traveller, converted from wheel
to tiller steering
(meaning that the autopilots would not work), and in general stuffed up a proven and successful cruising boat. Six months later he grew bored with the job and sold
her on. The new new owner sailed the hell out of it for a while, then removed her from the water
and has spent two years and a lot of money
changing most of those things back to a semblance of the original configuration.
So, please use the boat for a while before getting too far into changes... and enjoy some sailing while you can!