Thanks for your friendly PM! I don't have enough posts yet to reply via PM (I need 5 and this is only my 2nd) so I'll just thank you "in public".
My husband and I bought a 1988 Endeavor 42 CC last June, named Luana. We are living aboard and we love it. Her former owners were a dream come true and have been extremely valuable in information and advice since we bought her. She is in wonderful condition and has new fuel and water tanks, boom furling and other upgrades made by the previous owners.
Although we've been sailing together for a couple of years and I grew up sailing Sunfishes and crewing for my father, this is our first boat. So we are on the steep part of the learning curve. Oh, and three weeks after we moved aboard, we weathered the Son of Ida in the marina, without floating docks. No problems. We were happy on the boat and the only thing we could have wished for was a ladder (we now have one).
We installed two heat pumps to use for A/C and heating while docked. One is in the salon, under the starboard settee, and one is in the aft cabin, taking up part of the starboard locker. We are very happy with it except for the noise, which we will try to abate using some passive methods.
We are about to replace the console salon table with a fold-up table. Her former owners might consider this sacrilege but I really want to be able to open up the space. We are having Howdy Bailey and co. build the table, which will have a wine cabinet behind it and a small cocktail table under it, like the tables we saw on the Caliber 40s we saw. We will keep the old table intact. It's a beautiful table but I just really want to be able to open up a bit of space.
My husband has done various things to the boat and made some minor repairs. We have a new galvanic isolator, smoke and propane detectors, new blower, and a new stereo (the old one gave out. Happy to report that the new one passed the "Don't Get Fooled Again" test.).
She could really use some new canvas. This summer I may have some time off from working, and if that happens I am looking forward to getting a Sailrite and learning to make a whole bunch of stuff for both the exterior and interior.
We are having a problem with the depth sensor. It reads all dashes most or all of the time. It used to be intermittent when we slowed down coming back into the river and the dock (of course, right?), but now it just doesn't seem to be working. Jiggling the wires on or near the sensor didn't help. We think the problem might be a connection within the pedestal, which I guess could be more of a pain.
In case it wasn't obvious, my husband does most of the work. Although we are both engineers, we have a pretty traditional division of responsibilities aboard the boat (Captain/Admiral). I will be doing the diving though.
Looking forward to more discussions with fellow Endeavour owners.
"Luana", 1988 Endeavour 42 CC
planning to move aboard fall 2009