Been asking a few questions on here and starting different threads for them, so figured I'd just document in here whats been done, and the ongoing progress so when I inevitably have more problems and advice
I'm stuck on, I can ask away in here rather than starting new threads for it. So to start at the beginning:
: It's a 1984 Kirie Feeling 920 (also called an Elite 32 here in the states). From what it looks like, it was built in Les Sables-d'Olonne, France
. About 370 of this model made. As far as I know, we are the 3rd owners but not 100% sure. The owner we purchased the boat
from got it in 2011 and kept it in freshwater in South Dakota. It was kept pretty stock with no particular upgrades made beyond a speaker system they added.
: I've always been attracted to the lifestyle of sailing. The independence and freedom of being powered by the wind
, and the only thing limiting your range is your supplies of rum
(lol that's a joke)! For years I've been dreaming of owning my own, and enviously reading these forms of others who have one, and watching sailing videos only made me yearn more for it. It was a little difficult convincing my wife to join in this dream, as she gets seasick very easily and is afraid of being out there in a little boat
all alone. But with us both being so young (24, and 23) now is the best time to do it I told her and was able to convince her.
: So with all of the money
we had been saving, we bought our boat in November 2020. Now, with us being in Georgia
at the time we bought the sailboat sight unseen, going off the pictures. Without any marine surveyor
nearby to be able to do it, we had to rely on lemon-squad for the prepurchase inspection
(surprisingly they do boat inspections, but after using them I would likely not recommend it). We knew it wasn't in pristine condition, some leaky windows and wood
trim that needed replacing, but it was our dream boat that called out to us, and the price
was right. With all said and done, we had the boat hauled down the the coast in Alabama
to begin the work!
To give a synopsis of whats been done so far:
1. Took off all the deck hardware
and drilled larger hole and filled with Six10 epoxy
. Only a couple of hardware
pieces had some bedding, and we noticed a couple spots with leaks
so decided to just do everything.
2. We took off the port side windows and replaced it with newly cut acrylic
. We did that install wrong, so we are going to have to take that off again and redo it. But since its not leaking we are going to wait to do that until we get some more stuff done. We weren't expecting the windows to be as see through as they were, so the way its setup you can see the 3M tape that held it in place when we were sealing it up. We’re either hoping to be able to reuse that, and use black spray paint
on the interior
side of the window so that wont be noticeable, or buy much darker windows.
1. The interior headliner
was sagging and looked moldy and all around disgusting so that has been removed. The glue holding it has mostly been removed by using a stainless steel
wire brush attached on a grinder. We are finishing the aft cabin
and have the saloon
to do for that to be done.
2. We removed all the cabin sole
and have already sanded and almost have it all varnished. Using the total boat lust varnish
and going for a matte finish.
3. We removed the stainless steel water
tank. We are thinking of going for a plastismo water
tank to make cleaning
easier, save on some extra weight, and able to put it in more difficult spots.
4. Gutted out almost all the old electrical wiring
. Planning on redoing all of that. One of the previous owners must have done some changes to that, because it was a mess and really felt like a safety
hazard. Having neat plumbing
and electrical wiring
will make us feel a lot better, and knowing that we put it in and did it right, as well as any problem solving in the future.
5. Countertop has been removed. We’ve cut out the new sheet that we are going to be putting Formica on top of. We are going to do it out of MDF, which the reasoning behind is because it’s completely flat. We’re planning on giving it lots of coatings all around to make it waterproof.
6. We removed the galley propane stove
, and planning on going all electric
top and converting the extra unused space into more storage!
7. Removed the head
counter top and doing the same thing as in the galley
, with a new Formica top.
And here is a list of some things we plan on doing:
1. New white headliner
2. Sew up all new cushions
3. New plumbing, with manual hand and foot pumps and no electric
pumps to save on electrical use.
4. Redo some of the storage
space differently by the galley and head
6. Add cabin sole
locks, and locker locks to make it safer in case of a flip or rough seas.
7. Wire up all new electrical, putting LED lights
all throughout and add 400 amps of Li Po batteries
8. New Formica counter tops throughout
9. Add more insulation
to the fridge and a more energy efficient compressor
10. Add a grip floor to the companionway
steps going into the saloon
11. Put in an induction electric stove
12. Add some extra grab rails throughout the interior
13. Install the AC unit
14. Install the water maker
15. Create extra storage
space in what is now unused open space around the hull
16. Re-varnish the rest of the interior wood
17. New keel bolts
and backing plates
18. Install all new electronics
1. Putting awl grip on the old molded in non-skid deck
, and paint the rest of the deck.
all exterior teak
3. Replace any damaged deck hardware
4. Install colligio running rigging
5. Taller stanchions and better stanchion base with dyneema lifelines
6. Bottom paint
7. Drop the rudder
. Has some water damage so planning on taking all the old foam out and doing new fill in foam and fiberglass
8. Drop the keel
and see if any damage has been done from the rusty keel bolts
9. Build a fiberglass
10. Install 600 watts of solar panels
on the hardtop Bimini
This list is no where near exhaustive and in order, but a general idea of what we are planning on doing. Our goal is to make an attractive clean boat, while also making her more fit for offshore
use. With so many projects in mind, we seem to jump from project
right now. Luckily there are two of us, so while shes working on one, I can work
I would love to hear some opinions on what you think, especially if we are misinformed about something! We want to make sure we are doing it the right and safe way. This is our first boat, and this community has been our biggest resource in learning
how to do everything we’ve done up until now, and looking forward for some feedback and to keep on learning
as much as we can from all the great minds on here! Also attached are some photos of what it look like before, and what it's like now so far.