Some Before and After Photos

Subject:  Some Before and After Photos


The Anchor Windlass – Every boat say over 24 feet in length, should have one, that is if you care to save your back from having to haul it up, once deployed.  Mine worked just fine but, I just couldn’t leave (ugly) well (reliable?) enough along.

So, this anchor windlass got a complete makeover from top to bottom.  This is the original deal first produced and installed on the Western Flyer approximately 25 years ago – a Maxwell/Nillson windlass.

One of the two is a Brit (Nillson) and the other an American (Maxwell?).  I know not which.   Today they each have their own companies in their perspective countries and believe it or not, replacement parts are still available.


The finished product installed on a yet to be detailed front deck.  Looks just as good below side with a nicely powder coated electric motor.



The alternator – it took me some time to figure out that the alternator on the starboard engine side came from a Volkswagen.  Definitely time to upgrade with a new alternator.



Nothing changes a boat or a lady more than a little cosmetic work.  In this picture you see all the holes and gouges that needed patching.  My bathtub refinisher guy did an outstanding job.


A good reason for posting before and after pictures to a blog is so you don’t lose or clear out the old pictures and quickly forget the blood, sweat and tears that it took to get to the finale.  Right now I can’t seem to readily find any previous pictures.  The problem may be that I may at any time use (a) Fuji film camera; b) IPhone camera; c) Samsung camera; d) other.  The time consuming part then comes with loading those pictures into one location and then getting the picture to upload to the blog.



This is the original 8K Onan Genset.  I read or heard way too many horror stories about gensets to know about their reliability when needed.  As you can see in the after photo the old genset was one of my original projects while working on her refit.  The boat yard wanted if I recall correctly $2.000.00 to remove the genset from the bowels of the boat.  With a little thinking, wood and lag bolts from Home Depot and some parts from Harbor Freight here is Carlos and I taking her out.  What you don’t see in the picture is that my fear of the genset swinging over and onto an aluminum racing sailboat (formerly Annapolis trainer veteran – only one of six built).  I borrowed one of the halyards and used it to give us that extra needed swinging room onto the wooden docks.  My friend Jeff from Wilsonville, Oregon found a deserving teacher who needed a genset for his off the grid cabin.  Using a furniture moving cart we quickly pushed her out and onto his waiting pick up truck.  All the ($150.00) worth of genset moving gear went along with it – cost of doing business, but way cheaper than the original Rocky Point marina quote.



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The Yanmar sailboat diesel you see above is one I purchased from a local boater who was upgrading to a new Yanmar.  Unfortunately I forgot on this trip to Portland that we were driving the Admirals Prius.  Believe it or not, it went in, again with a little hardware from Home Depot and Harbor freight.  The diesel was given to my helper Carlos in return for all his hard work and effort on the Western Flyer.   The diesel now resides in place of an Atomic four gas engine on Carlos’ 30′ Islander.


Water Tank – One of two original stainless steel 250 gallon tanks leaked from the time I purchased her.  The stainless steel was good however, one of the welds sprang a leak.  I purchased every tool known to man to cut that tank out.  In the end a simple grinder with metal cut off wheels (lots of them) did the trick.  The water tank (1) is located in the trunk cabin area and needed to come out in pieces.  Getting the new plastic water tank built was another horror story.  Unfortunately for me I went with a local bidder who turned out to have substance abuse issues.  In the end (8 months later) the tank arrived, the balance paid and everyone is happy.

Bare Asset

Hardtop project – Note in the image above.  The four white guy wires that run from the mast down to the deck; note how they cut off useable space on the deck.  Also, note the soft canvas bimini top.

Note in the picture below – The hardtop minus the stainless steel supports.  My toyota 4runner jack and 2 X 4’s from the local Home Depot are what is holding everything up.


Picture below – This is what I envisioned as the finished product.




Not a great picture of the hardtop but you can see that the project finally came together.  It is at this point as I like to say – bullet proof.


This is the dinghy I purchased for the trip down from Portland to Los Angeles.  My intent was to also use it as a life raft for the trip down.




The original dinghy that came with the Western Flyer is an 8′ Livingston catamaran, extremely heavy little boat.  Rows well, durable but, this one can easily take on water.  Like I said I want the boat as bullet proof as possible – and carrying a dinghy this way does not cut it for me.  Maybe it does in the calm protected waters of Puget Sound or the Columbia river but not on the open ocean.


This is my other dinghy – a 12′ Yachtline with a 40 HP Yamaha.  Towable yes but too heavy to lift and carry.


This is more like what I would really rather carry as my dinghy but, the Admiral says its not practical.



My dinghy V2.0 – seat upgrade.  Stadium seats purchased at Costco for $22.00 each.  Way better back support than the originals.


Now this is what you call bullet proof!!!

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Now try picking your dinghy out from one of the above, especially when you’ve had one or two painkillers with the original Pusser’s Rum.  Glad to say we will have no trouble locating our bright yellow dinghy.

Painting in progress


Our boats bathtub.


This is the before picture of a sister ship.


This is a small sampling of the sweat equity that I poured into it.




This is the final picture of our new Force 10 stove and the custom made stainless steel backsplash area.

DP41 picture


Sister ship

IMG_1095This is how we found her.




Definitely a better picture.  Below trunk area.  Note the stainless steel leaky water tank to the left.




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