My introduction is in this thread, I have a goal of making a few improvements to my newly aquired boat during this winter.
First of is a holding tank for the toilet, which I've already managed to install. It's placed above the waterline, the intention is that it will empty itself by gravity alone.. I added a vent and a valve on top, to allow it to be emptied at the marina as well. The tank holds about 50L, which should be plenty.
The fenders in the picture is about 50cm in diameter for comparison. Great storage space in this compartment.
The engine is a Volvo Penta MD5C (9Hp), I noticed that the general impression of the older VP diesel engines is not great at this forum, but mine works fine at the moment and my current plan is to maintain/overhaul it, rather than replace it. It has a small oil leak from a packing near the cylinder and a water leak from a packing in the exhaust tube. I'll replace the packings to fix the water leak this year and try to do something about the corrosion, but I'll leave the oil leak for now. I think I'll take the engine out of the boat next winter and open it, if it looks ok I'll do a complete overhaul and convert it to freshwater cooling. This will be much cheaper than replacing the engine, but if it looks like it's in bad shape I guess I'll put it back in and run it until it dies. I'll add a tachometer and perhaps a oil press and water temp indicator to the engine this year to help me monitor it's condition.
Next up is the electrical system, I have a plan to remove all of it and rebuild it from the bottom. The previous owners had done a few modifications, I removed all of them due to the fire hazard. I have decided to make a failsafe system with "low voltage drop" battery isolators, with a small start battery and a house bank. I might add a solar panel at some point, we'll see when I run out of money...
Another thing with the electrical system is the switch/fuse panels. I would like to replace the current one with a panel with at least 8-10 switches, led illumination, automatic circut breakes, and a battery voltage monitor. So far my impression is that two types of panels are available, too cheap & too expensive..
It might just be that I haven't looked hard enough yet..
As for the exterior I'm not really sure what to do first. Everything is pretty basic, but it all works. I would like a bimini or something similar at some point, the problem in my local waters is more related to rain, rather than to much sun. I have real problems keeping the cabin dry when it's raining, because I have to bring everything inside.
I will replace the genoa winches because they do not have reduction gears, and I woud like to have floating points for the genoa sheets (if that's the correct term).
The mast (Z-spar) has a few issues, but it looks like replacement parts are available.
I'm also thinking of replacing my fixed propeller with a feathering/folding one, but it's not a high priority atm, mainly because they are f...ing expensive..