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I have one hell of a list. I bought a '91 J40 in November and had all kinds of plans for what I would do over the winter, after I moved the boat from Mystic to my home waters in the Hudson Valley. A week after the closing I took a bad tumble in my house and tore the quad right off my kneecap and broke a bone in my thumb. It was wheelchair>walker >crutches for the last couple of months and goodbye to any work over the winter. Still, that's how I found this forum, to keep from going bananas (not an even trade, but I am of the "if you get a lemon make lemonade" school of thought). I haven't even sailed the boat, other than her survey sea trials, and I certainly haven't lived aboard, but I've been dreaming and scheming over the winter of disability and here are some of the things I'd like to try (after I sail a bit on it, to be sure)
1. Dump the manual heads (there are two, unnecessary on a 40 footer, but that's how it came) The discussion on this forum steered me into doing research on that and I like the idea very much of going AirHead. Getting rid of two space eating 20 gal tanks and lots of smelly hose.
2. Eventually rigging a forestay. The boat currently has running backstays to control mast bend, but they would work very well to counteract a forestay. There is also a waterproof bulkhead near where the tack would be to support the strain at the other end.
3. The big job is in the main cabin. There is a rather silly dinette on the port side, useless when on a heel. I plan to tear that out and put in a pilot berth, a lower settee and convert the existing or make a new fore and aft table. In the footspace of the dinette I would put an extra diesel tank that would increase by about 40% my cruising range under power and make room for a couple of batteries that now are very unhandily placed. Under the pilot berth I plan to put a half a dozen drawers or lockers. Fortunately the interior is the old Herreshof white with wood trim, making it easier to match the existing feel of the boat.
4. There is an anchor well aft that I would change. Tear out the fitted interior for the 25 lb danforth and rebuild a tight locker with an overboard discharge (just like the propane locker) where I would store gasoline for the outboard and for the little Honda generator, as well as said little Honda. I haven't really measured it out yet and I don't think it will fit, but if I can make it big enough to hold the outboard as well, that would be great.
I have many more great ideas, but I really need to sail the boat to see if my ideas are really sensible and worth doing. Sometimes you can outsmart yourself!
At any rate, I am enjoying this forum and working hard to get my working parts back in order so I can DO, rather than dream.