Kota Bharu - first summer (work)

Kota Bharu was hull number 78, built in 1987. She had the V berth layout but had not been cruised for quite a few years. A decade of day sailing meant water, holding, galley and other systems needed attention before she would be our "cruiser". The rest of the boat was in good condition. Hull had been epoxied earlier and had no blisters or other issues, sails were fairly new, furler was almost new, dodger was new, cushions were new and interior woodwork was mostly in good shape. The engine had been replaced in the late 90's with a Yanmar 3GM30F and only had 350 hrs on it. Electronics (other than vhf) were non functional but we would rather upgrade these ourselves.

We spent much of the summer getting her in cruising shape. Next year will be cosmetic - so she will look as great as she sails.


Head and holding tank

HoldOld         HoldTank 
  • new 30 gal tank
  • glassed in platform
  • new vent hoses
  • new head
  • new head water line
  • new everything!


Water system

Water1            Water2            Water4 
 Water3  water5
  • new PEX hot and cold lines
  • stainless crimps, brass fittings
  • pump strainers
  • hot water backflow valve
  • charcoal filters
  • new water tank filler and vent hoses
  • new gasketed water tank cleanouts
  • cleaned/disinfected water tanks
  • pressure pump rebuilt
  • descaled hot water tank
  • bronze tails on all thru-hulls (no plastic)
  • drinking water tastes great!



Galley1            Galley2          
  • new plywood underlay
  • new arborite laminate
  • new stainless steel sink
  • new faucet (Whale)
  • new teak trim
  • need to finish trim yet



Fridge1            Fridge2           
  • insulate top (icocyanate)
  • reposition evaporator
  • repair/insulate old holes
  • add gasket to lid/door
  • no more condensation!
  • 25 - 50% duty cycle now!


Engine systems

Eng5             Eng2          
  • replace fuel lines
  • fixed injector leaks
  • install new fuel sender
  • repair tachometer
  • new (toothed) alternator belt
  • replace freshwater hoses
  • chafe guard on all cooling hoses
  • new exhaust hangers 



 Comp3            Comp2          
  • new binnacle compass
  • replace compass wiring
  • replace stripped bolts
  • lube bearings & chain 


Hazy ports

 Port1            Port2          
  • Aurora "See Clear" kit
  • amazing difference! 


Galley/head lighting

Lights2            Lights1 
  • LED "strip" lights
  • high/low settings
  • 100 ma on high
  • above galley counters
  • also in head


Propane system

Stove1            Stove2           
  • propane to ABYC standards
  • new gauge/regulator
  • new hose assembly
  • chafe guards on bulkheads
  • fixed stove leaks
  • repaired oven door & burner
  • installed propane detector 
  • we feel much safer now!



 tv3             tv2           
  • 20 inch flat panel
  • runs on 12 volts
  • heavy duty mount
  • stores out of the way
  • extends 2 1/2 feet
  • tilts 


Old instruments - gone...

ff1            ff2          
  • remove non-functional instruments
  • replace with teak panel
  • temporary fishfinder for depth
  • shoot-thru hull transducer


Bimini refurbishment

 Bimini1            Bimini2          
  • full restitch - all existing thread was "dust"
  • used V69UV thread from Sailrite
  • work by Precious Moments, Kitchener


New electronics and electrical


CMP30W-2  40419                    

CP190iNC thumb          

  • Standard Horizon VHF with AIS (connected to plotter for AIS display)
  • Standard Horizon chartplotter on pedestal mount
  • remote RAM mic at helm station
  • 12 volt and USB power at nav station and V berth
  • 120 volt AC at nav station
  • fix navigation lights
  • remove old battery selector from DC panel



Click here to see pictures from our first trip with Kota Bharu




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