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 (http://www.dawsoncreekboatworks.com ) 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.