After many years of wishing and ďwhat ifísĒ and more than a year of searching, I purchased a 1984 Hunter
31 in February of 2021. Admittedly I know very little about sailing, boats, and all that comes with ownership
, but Iíve never been afraid to heed the wisdom of those who have come before me and have lessons to teach.
Named ďperseveranceĒ when purchased I have kept the name as it is very fitting and describes most of my life to a T! She isnít in perfect condition and I have been slowly getting to know her inís and outs and begun to make repairs
while she is moored in Palm Beach.
Some of the known items for repair:
-Engine runs well but needs some major cleaning
as there is rust. I discovered a ďdripĒ last week and need to uncover the source. Also had a wire come out of the alternator
which needs addressed. Iím sure Iíll be posting
on that one.
-stuffing box needs to be Re-packed. Iím a bit nervous about this one, but up for the task.
-just replaced the fresh water pump
and discovered the wiring
in this old boat
is a hot mess. I was proud and excited when the pump
came on after my first attempt and then I heard the rushing water
under the gallery sink. The hose connector had busted at the distribution Valve. So it was a short lived victory.
-The jib halyard
snapped (was known when purchased) and Iím still debating wether to attempt to head
up the mast
to repair myself or to call in a professionalÖ or at least someone more experienced. Iím strongly leaning towards the latter.
and has a leak somewhere (also known when purchased) so Iíll be exploring that in the coming weeks.
-wiring connections throughout need to be re-done. Many are exposed and corroding.
-Cowl vents were removed and the cabin
ceiling lowered a bit to allow for new lighting
to be installed, but Iím considering removing the lowered headliner
to get the inch or so of headroom
back (Iím 6í3) and to open the vents back up for added circulation.
-found some pesky termite droppings so need to address that. At least they donít eat fiberglassÖ.
Those are the main items Iím addressing as I begin this adventure. I appreciate this forum as it has helped a lot as Iíve begun this journey and Iím happy to have joined. I look forward to becoming a part of this community.