Libra: The refurbishing

Although Libra was in a very good state, despite her old age (19 years old!), there were several things which needed adjustment, repair or even change. That was expected.

However, the amount of work and skills needed was not expected at all! Nobody could really prepare me or Jelle for the cost or effort which we would have to invest doing all necessary amendments.

Nevertheless, we made it, Libra looks like a brand new boat, and we acquired very useful skills in the process!! And by now, we know our boat inside out, quite literally!

Here is a list of all our work done during the last 10 months:

  • Here is a list of all our work done during the last 10 months:
  • Revise engine and add a 2nd filter
  • Revise automatic steering
  • Remove all old electronic equipment (Radar, old radio, old mobile phone, Chart plotter)
  • Install new windmeter, Navtex, new JVC radio, Raymarine multifunction display, AIS, VHF
  • Buy and install 2 solar panels and 1 wind turbine
  • Buy and install 3 new batteries
  • Buy and install new 3-fold Volvo propeller
  • Install new radder bearing
  • Replace all lighting with LED lights
  • Buy and install new water bag of 100L
  • Buy and install foot pump for saltwater
  • Remove old front hatch and install new one
  • Clean and re-install side hatches
  • Fix and replace heating hose
  • Sand paper underwater hull
  • Two-component paint and hard antifouling paint for underwater hull
  • Repair deck damages with sealant and filler
  • Paint all repairs on deck, inside and outside
  • Revise winches
  • Fix bildge pump
  • Buy 100 m anchor chain and paint it every 10 meter
  • Revise anchor winch
  • Buy and install fans in the cabins
  • Buy 2 spinnakers and a spinnaker boom