I just arrived back from the first leg of out trip from Seattle to the Virgin Islands. The boat is in San Diego for three weeks and we will leave the end of this month for Panama. I learned a lot about my boat on this first leg down and have some questions. My father built the boat and launched her in 1990, so she has had very little use (200 hours) over the 16 years. The boat systems are the best he could he could get at the time but as with all systems, they still need care and replacing. I will break these questions into different threads for the various systems and you can look at pictures of the systems at my web site www.viescape.com under the sailing link and then the maintenance section.