Estrellita Restoration

Estrellita survived her second hurricane while moored at Wayfarer’s Cove Marina near Oriental, NC.

By choice, my ‘perfect’ little sailing vessel has morphed into a major project.

With 12 to 18 months to go before my retirement, I have opted to have my 40-year old Vega professionally restored to her original factory condition and then some. She should be a gem when complete even if her owner is a bit less than gem condition.

All quotes are in and I could likely build a new vessel for what this restoration will cost but this is the boat I have married. Work is scheduled to begin this month by Dawson Creek Boatworks  ( ) near Oriental, NC. The good news is that annual maintenance should be a minimum for the next five years.

The hull is sound, the sails are like new and the Volvo Penta has less than 50 hours but otherwise think starting from a bare hull.

Work to include:

  • Resurface deck & cabin top (gelcoat & non-skid)
  • Resurface top sides (gelcoat & boot stripe)
  • Replace windows (custom with bronze glass & aluminum frames)
  • Rebuild forward hatch
  • Fabricate propane locker in Stb. Cockpit locker
  • Fabricate deck locker behind aft coming
  • Fabricate battery boxes (4 100-AH AGM batteries)
  • Install solar panels on cabin top
  • New AC & DC electrical panel (aft of galley sink)
  • All navigation & house lighting replaced with LED fixtures
  • Complete electrical system rewire
  • New standing rigging
  • New halyards
  • New Rocna primary anchor & 60-feet chain rode
  • Rebuild companion way
  • Replace marine head with dry composting head
  • Replace hull & cabin insulation
  • Replace bulkheads & trim with new
  • Replace headliner

Stay tuned for progress.