Interior refinishing & upgrades


For Voyageur's 50th birthday (1996), we stripped and refinished her interior varnish.










Electrical:  New panel installed in 2002.


The mahogany panels are hinged on the right and left sides (with a center barrel bolt) to allow easy access to the engine and the instrument panel wiring.  There are fourteen 12-volt fused circuits, eleven have on/off switches.  The autohelm, radio/navigation station and 12-volt interior outlet do not have on/off switches.  The bilge pump, icebox drain pump, and battery condition meter are wired around the battery selector switch (so that their on/off switches are always powered).  There is a 20-amp built-in battery charger.  We presently use two 12-volt deep-cycle batteries; each battery has an on/off switch and an ampmeter that shows the output of the battery charger.  The on/off switch is a safety feature to prevent current drain through the battery charger electronics. 


We also have a 30-amp, six circuit 110-volt system with circuit-breakers for the main and four circuits.  Two of the circuits are for the galley; a third circuit powers three outlets in the main cabin.  The fourth circuit is the battery charger; two additional circuits are unused. 





Icebox: New pump and insulation were installed in 1995.  The original stainless-steel icebox liner was moved aft and towards the hull, and the drain tank was replaced with a tank made from four-inch PVC pipe.  This tank has a built-in float switch that activates a pump discharging the ice water into the cockpit drains.  The icebox was insulated with two-part foam 3 ˝ to 4 inches thick around the sides and bottom, 2 inches thick on top.  The icebox drain has a trap to prevent cold air from escaping.  Two drain plugs drain the entire system for winter storage.  These changes allow our ice to last five days. 







Under-step trash bin: The lower companionway step lifts up to expose a 5mm mahogany plywood box with solid mahogany corner pieces. The box is mounted to the motor board with a Z-bracket that holds the box between the step side supports. The bin is easily removable for cleaning and holds a plastic grocery bag. When the step is down, the trash bin is sealed and stowed.










Table:  1998 The folding table The table is made using 5mm mahogany plywood with 1-3/16 inch solid mahogany edging. It folds up and slides against the port bulkhead for storage.  A support leg folds into the table







Table:  Here is a picture showing the table when stowed away. 





Plaque:  A Breton Fisherman’s Prayer





Heritage watercraft plaque:  for state of Illinois. 





Lee cloths:  We designed these in the 70’s.  Very useful for lake crossings! 






Berth extension (2009):  We now have an option for a double berth in the main cabin.  We cut the berth into two interlocking surfaces that slide on 1/8” x ˝” aluminum bars.  This allows the port berth to be widened to accommodate two people.  The overhanging section is supported by two ˝” bronze pipe legs that screw into bronze garboard drain flanges mounted under the sliding berth surface.  Two screws secure the bunk in the closed position for sailing.


The caprail and supporting edge is bolted to a 1-1/2” x 2” aluminum angle mounted to the outer interlocking berth suface. 


When the bunk is extended, four extra cushions (made of 4-1/2" thick closed-cell foam) neatly fill the additional space.  When not in use, the cushions and support legs stow under the bunk (behind the pictured access door). 





Head:  The original Wilcox-Crittendon head was rebuilt and polished in the winter of 1997.








Television:  Against our Luddite daughters’ wishes, we installed a 15” flat-screen television/DVD player combo.  Ah, modernity!


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