We have replaced the knobs on the galley faucet. We got them from ACE hardware. The faucet is in great shape so it will get replaced at a much later date.

Grill set up

Thi is not in the galley but it is for cooking.
Our old round Magma grill we sold with the old boat. We did have a magma Newport grill for a while but with the small rail space are on the Freeport and the adding of a bimini we sold it. We bought a magma kettle grill and like it.
Newport took up too much rail space and you could not use it as a stove or use a walk on it like the kettle grill.

Our kettle grill

We attached two 1 ½ lb propane bottles to it. They should last about three months of cooking in the Sea of Cortez.

All the fittings and hoses were bought at Downwind Marine and they helped fit it all together and made up the hoses. They let me use their tools to put the houses in the regulator etc.

The regulator I got online. It is for connecting two tanks together and to the grill. It will automatically flip over to the other full tank when one goes empty. It shows a red flag indicating the the one tank is empty. This way you never stop grilling dinner!
When mounting them I left enough space under them and the cap rail for a dock line to pass through.

To make the setup I got a 4’ pice of PVC black pipe at HD. The sell them in 4’ sections. I then cut it so I had a pice that went around about a third of the tank (guessing). Then I drilled some holes in it for the rail mounts and mounted them. The holes are a bit of a pain because it is curved so you need to hone them out to fit in the screws. You will see what I am talking about when you make one. Not a big deal.
Debbie mad sumbrella covers for the tanks and grill.
For a SS fram I simpl bought a piece of 1” SS tubing and cut it to fit. Also got some SS brackets, two 90 deg elbows and a couple rail end clamps as shown. .

To hold on the tanks we got SS hose claps at marine Exchange. They are large. Two for each tank. We cut off the extra and put the red rubber end caps on so you do not slice yourself up.
Also we made some sumbrella covers for the SS clamps so we do not have SS against aluminum tanks. That could have been overkill.

We tried different placements of the grill until we were happy with it. It ‘s final resting place is on the rail but we added a bimini so it changed things. I will need to update the photos.
The rail is plenty strong enough but we will be adding support because we will be adding solar panels to the bimini and dingy davits. And wind generator

It is closer to this spot

Corelle dishes

Our Corelle dinner ware is replacing our old WM plastic ones.

Old WM plastic dishes
First a quick story:
From Crusing World 2009
When Rolf Bjelke and I first met in Fiji in 1980, the plastic dinnerware he had aboard Northern Light was pretty worn out. Granted, he'd used it since 1967, when he first placed it aboard his previous boat, a fiberglass 24-footer. On that mini-cruiser, the dinnerware sailed and raced with him around his home waters in Scandinavia. Later, it cruised with him to the Orkney Islands and came along for the transatlantic crossing to Miami.

In 1977, he brought the dishes aboard Northern Light, his new 40-foot steel cutter-rigged ketch, a French double-ender with seakindly lines reminiscent of those drawn by yacht designer Colin Archer.

The dinnerware traveled around the world via Cape Horn and the Cape of Good Hope to Sweden. During that circumnavigation, spanning the years 1977 to 1981, many people crewed for Rolf, cutting their food with serrated dinner knives and scratching the dishes' surfaces. Over the years, every scar had turned brown. When I moved aboard Northern Light in 1982 and we started on our first voyage together, the marred plates came with us

Rolf and I are both outdoor people and feel best when we're surrounded by open land and vast seascapes. Our idea of cruising is to see parts of the world that one can't reach except on a boat. Raised in temperate climates and loving winter activities, neither of us considers cold a hindrance. Because we're curious about nature and Earth as a system, our ultimate goal became to reach the wilderness of the Antarctic Peninsula.

I suggested to Rolf that I, a novice to small boats, might benefit from a training trip, and I pitched an idea: "How does 'North Ice, South Ice' sound? We can go to the Arctic first. See how I do."

Rolf agreed. From Sweden, we went north to Norway and Spitsbergen, then by way of Greenland to Boston. I didn't jump ship, nor was I asked to. In Boston, shopping for some other galley gear, I happened to see a box of Corelle dinnerware.

"Rolf, look!" I said. "Unbreakable dinnerware that isn't plastic." My husband is a critical person. He has to check things out and make up his own mind. Perhaps the trait is the result of his years of skippering. Or perhaps it's the reason why he's a skipper. At any rate, he picked up a display piece and took it to a saleswoman. "Is this truly unbreakable?" he asked her.

The woman took the plate from him and hurled it like a Frisbee to the tile floor. It bounced a few times and landed unbroken against the base of a counter. "Does that answer your question?" she asked.

On its maiden voyage, the continuation of our Arctic-to-Antarctic expedition, the Corelle went through the Panama Canal to Tahiti, then down to the Roaring 40s and east to Chile and through Patagonia to the Antarctic Peninsula. In 1984, few yachts had been to the peninsula. There was little information; it was a voyage of exploration. Clothing wasn't sophisticated in those days, and our heater wouldn't run on the poor-quality kerosene available in South America.

So we went to the Corelle outlet store and picked up some dishes. I picked up a bowl and dropped it to the floor to demo it to another customer, no problem it did not break.

I had a Corelle white bowl at work that I had been using for cereal. I was talking to a workmate about the Corelle dishes and the article. So to demo the bowI I flung it to the floor. I smashed into a billion pieces. I must say I was embarrassed. My wife later said that bowl was about 25 years old.

So here is what we got for the boat.

Showing my wifes lovely feet!

Ok you can tell we like the llok as we will be in Mexico in a couple of years we wanted some color

Washing them, I did chip a cup bottom I can find a way to break them

With some food on them
We also got a big platter

Force 10 stove

New stove! Yes we bought a new Force 10 stove. It was not planed. We were going to wait at least a year before taking on this project. As it were a dock mate saw our stove and wanted it. He to wanted a Force 10 but decided financially he could not get it. Our stove was like new condition. When we took it out only one of the three burners looked like it had been used. It was made for CNC gas.

The new owner of the stove re-jetted it for propane.

I think we made a mistake in letting go the gimbals. The mounts for the stove.

We then had to make new ones. Luckily a friend made up some teak blocks for us and helped me mount the stove.

Next I had to make teak blocks for the gimbeling of the stove, again not easy to put them in place.

Before we mounted the stove and made the mounting blocks the stove was just sitting in the .space where it goes on the wood surface.

I went round and round about a three burner verses a two burner. In the end my wife said she rarely uses three burners. That mad it a lot easier. We would have had to change a lot in the stove are to make a three burner fit and we wanted to keep the boat as original as possible. We like the way it looks. My wife is teaching me how to cook, She is a great cook. I plan on doing most of the cooking once we clear away most of the projects and we set sail south.

There is IF 36 who did put in a three burner and there are photos in the FOGGers group.

We were tired of sitting at the dock so we went for a motor out in San Diego harbor. On our way back after out for about an hour a big motor boat came whipping by causing a big wake. We heard a crash and it as the stove. We had forgotten abot it. It fell out and in doing so broke a handle off a drawer and scratched up the loved door under the sink. Not too bad but any is too much.

Here is the stove installed with a crock pot meal I made (Debbie helped) of pot rost.

Lesson learned.

  • We like that the stove needs no matches to light.
  • It also has two different size burners.
  • The oven also broils
  • The door slides out of the way.
  • The top grate lifts up for easy cleaning (also will come off)

This is using our old boat plastic dinner whear.


We added a Life Sling that we had on our Catalina 30. We had a vinyl cover that came with it. Over the course of a few years it started flaking and was leaking in water on the Life Sling.

We have not yet put on the “How to” decal yet or tied it off yet because we do not yet know if this is its final spot on the rail.

For a few years I was looking for one at the marine swap meet in Chula Vista but could never find the hard case.

So we went out and bought one one day.

Of course the next swap meet there was one for sale with the Life Sling in it and it went for $35.00!!. About a third of what I paid for the case alone!

That is the way....sometimes.

Helm seat

The helm seat is a PO design. We have enjoyed it and it is simple. We made or Debbie made a new canvas back for it. We also got a folding foot stool for our feet. I usually stick a pillow behind me for support.

You can remove the added arms and back so it reverts to the old original helm seat.

Yes we will varnish it in the future!

We would like to upgrade it to a teak one, the added part. The teak directors chairs on the web are quite expensive though. The we would cut the legs off so we could mount it to the helms seat like the one you see on the boat.

I have heard placing a been bag chair on the helm seat is quite comfortable also. Keeps you from rolling around also. They have them in sumbrella also. May try one out..

Foot pump

We have re-built the foot pump. and are replacing the spickit.

You need to clamp the foot pump together when taking it apart and re-assembling it because it has a spring in it.

The house to the foot pump from the old fresh water pump was smelling awful. Each time you pumped some water (the next day) it would smell.

House going to sink
House going to sink
 House going to sink

New spicket, it adjusts
Our re-built foot pump

Windlass fender washers

Put a couple fender washers on the aft anchor windlass bolts so it will not move We will do the front ones after vacation.
Got new lock nuts but they did not fit. The original must be metric. So we used the old ones.

Wrong line & tighten

We have discovered we have the wrong size line on the furler. We have 3/8 at it calls for 5/16. We will change it out soon. Got to just eat the cost as the line is about a year or less old.

We also need to tighten the forestay. It could be our sound problem. It is the same drill as we just did but loosen the bottom nut and the socket looking hut on top of the furler (line spool) and then rotate the furler clock wise.

Vanity LED light

 We changed out the light over the vanity when we varnished the vanity. It is all Led with the choice of LED red or LED white. Debbie glued a small spot on the red side so you can identify it with your fingers while switching the light.

LED dome lights , galley, stateroom hanging locker etc

San Diego California 8\11\2010
Looks like they are finally coming down in price!

Galley Lights:
We upgraded the lights over the stove many months ago to LED bulbs.

While these I think are white and not the reading type of white they look so much like the old light coming from the dome lights that I can not tell any more, even then.

They work great for over the stove. They were more than replacing the whole light with the new WM dome lights though. I am not sure of the foot print but I am happy enough to leave the old lamps there with the new LED bulbs. No red option though. If that becomes an issue then we will replace them.

Florescent lights:
Now the darn florescent lights that we have in the salon and satee are the ones I would like to find replacements for. They are slim and may produce headliner satins or hole when removed.

General dome lights:
Well I found this dome light at WM for $20.00. It is less than converting some lights to LED that I bought at the Chuls Visat marine swap meet. They seem to be water resistant also. I plan on mounting one in the head in the cabinet where we have the holding tank gauge for reading it at night.
8-LED (4-White, 4-Red) Dome Light, WHITE/OFF/RED Switch Positions

Also swap out the light with the conventional bulb that I placed in the chain locker and planed on changing to a white and a red LED . This is less money and a lot easier.

They are not a warm light, they are made to see things.
There is also a slighty bigger version I plan on placing in the anchor locker.
Creat also for when you want a switch and do not want the extra work and wiring for a seperate switch.

WM also has a worm dome lights that I plan on placing one in my hanging locker and replacing the dome light we have in Debbie’s hanging locker. Hers also comes on automatically if you open the louvered door, she likes that.
They are just $20.00 also and so are less than replacing the white and red bulbs in the old dome light.