Tacoma Blue Refit for Cruising 2013

Rich and Takae Watters are doing what lots of us dream about: Dress up your Islander, head out the Gate, and turn left. It's taken a good year to get Tacoma Blue ready for the cruising life at sea, but the results are impressive. Rich & Takae spent countless hours on projects, and Rich is the type of guy that wants to get it right. Just about every system on the boat was enhanced from engine work, through water system replacement, all LED lighting, headliner replacement, and a new head and holding tank system. Saving the original "ice box" for that use or dry storage, a gleaming electrical refrigerator box takes up a chunk of cabin space.

Their idea of cruising is to be on the hook more than dockside, so a new windlass, anchor and chain makes that easier. Add a dinghy cover for protection when passage making. Back aft a new polished aluminum arch supports radar and solar panels, plus a handy gantry with block and tackle for lifting the outboard on and off the dinghy.

Then it was time to replace the instruments with a complete Raymarine set of speed, wind, depth, autopilot, AIS and chartplotter. There's even a wireless link to an iPad so you can navigate from below. (It was great fun testing when the person at the chartplotter would move the cursor one place and the iPad operator moved it somewhere else!)

They moved aboard, did a short "shakedown" cruise to Clipper Cove on August 1st, then made the big left turn on Saturday the 3rd. They're working out the last of the kinks at Half Moon Bay before venturing on south. Stay tuned for some more details and occasional updates.

Email Rich: rwsplace@gmail.com

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New anchor
Rochna 15 kg
300' 5/16" High test Ancor
2 Windline bow rollers
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New Windlass
1/2" G10 base
Maxwell 1500 vertical
100 amp circuit breaker
Maxwell chain stopper
Chain hook & 40' 5/8" nylon
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New Dinghy Cover
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New Headliner
3/4" Ply, 2" x 4'furring
1/4" Reflectex R3.5 insulation
(loose above panel)
FRP - Home Depot 1/8" $32/ 4'x8'
Panels screwed to furring
Trimmed with 1 1/2" strips.
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Master Suite
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New Fridge ...
Dometic (Swedish)
Fridge/Freezer 110 Qt.
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Takae approves!
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fits under table
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New Head
Airhead Compostable
Two 2 Gallon tanks; for liquids, solids
Empty liguids alternate days
Solids 1/2 full after 6 wks.
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New Manual Pump
Fynspray fresh water pump
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New dimmable LED Lighting
Domes from Sea Dog
3" flush mount dimmable Luna Sea
Wall floods for V Berth Luna Sea
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Track LED Nav & Galley
24" warm white Luna Sea
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Upper bunk storage & net cloth
Net cloth clips up like a lee cloth
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Tool & flares in port cubbies
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New shelf storage
in quarter berth
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More Insulation
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New Inverter
Freedom 25 Inverter/Charger
4 6 volt AGM batteries
Lifeline 220 AmpHr ea.
+ 220 AmpHr Starting battery
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New Battery management
Xantrex battery management
Blue Sea circuit panel
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Windless circuit breaker
Maxwell 100 amps
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New Arch & Solar
Atlantic Towers (NJ)
Aluminum, for sailors $1,600
Garhauer Lifting DAvit
2 Kyocera 140 wt solar panels
TriStar charge controller
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New Lifting Davit
Garhauer - 26" arm
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Dinghy set up
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New Cleats
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New Instruments
Raymarine ST60 series
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New Chartplotter & Autopilot
Raymarine c127 plotter/fishfinder
Raymarine p70 Autopilot
Raymarine Course Computer
Raymarine AIS 650 transceiver
Raydome HD Digital radar
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Entering waypoints
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Great new chartbook
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Takae is happy!
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Off Half Moon Bay YC
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Tacoma Blue

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