1976 Downeaster 32′
We’ve removed the port-side pilot berth and added book storage and chart storage, as well as a nook for Sophi’s sewing machine. We also built a storage cabinet behind the fold-down table on the bulkhead. We replaced our marine head with a Nature’s Head Urine-Separating Composting toilet. So far, we love it!
Before we bought her, the vinyl headliner was removed and replaced with tongue-and-groove pine which was a great improvement. Most of the lines on deck had been rigged so that they are operable from the cockpit and we hope to add the stay-sail sheets and two new reef points in the future. This winter the main sail is at the shop getting a third reef put in and the staysail is getting a reefing point also. We hope this will help us to practice our heavy weather sailing next summer.
Because we are living aboard, we converted the port-side pilot berth into a book-shelf for extra storage. We also use the sea-berth area for storage and for Bella’s kennel. If we do a long offshore passage we will need to make a cushion for this area and move the pup’s kennel somewhere else. Another major improvement we did was to convert our head into a Nature’s Head composting toilet! We love it, and it allowed us to remove the smelly bladder from under the v-berth where we sleep. With a few more minor improvements, and the constant maintenance that all boats require, we hope to sail this boat a long way!