Category: The Refit

For self-sufficient sailors, a long DIY refit is a prerequisite for cruising. This is a step-by-step log of our rebuild.

  • Tanks and Sleds

    Tanks and Sleds

    One of the things that has bothered me about the boat is the arrangement of fresh water tanks. The port side had 4 x 10 gallon interconnected tanks under the floorboards in the nav station/dinette area. There are two more 10 gallon tanks in the bilge under the master berth. There are rectangular polyethylene tanks–a…

  • Getting Started

    Getting Started

    It can be really hard to know where to start. The project is so big, there are so many pieces. After agonizing about it for a few days, I realized it doesn’t matter that much where we start. The main thing is to get started! So that’s what we did. Joe got to work on…

  • Refit Overview

    Refit Overview

    This refit will be an ambitious undertaking, at least 12-24 months of full-time work and a lot of materials. When finished, we expect this boat to be better than new. As we get started, we wanted to establish some basic goals and principles. Refit Goals Methods Windhorse II will be our third cruising boat restoration.…

  • Haul-out


    Time once again to haul out at Robbie’s on Stock Island. For over a decade our routine has been to store the boat and return to Needham for nine months of work. Now that we’re retired and won’t be returning to Needham, it’s time to get down to work on a long-awaited major restoration. It’s…

  • The Refit

    The Refit

    We’ve enjoyed four months of sailing and lounging around at anchor. Now it’s time to get down to work. A deciding factor when we bought the boat in 2015 was the quality of the original build. We knew that the hulls and crossbeams were built very well. All of the main structural components of the…