Moving Aboard Pearl Lee

At Pugh Marine
At Pugh Marine

It’s been a very busy year getting moved and readying Pearl Lee for our journey. I’ll try to get caught up in the coming weeks. We had a massive yard sale where we liquidated nearly everything to move from a four bedroom house to a 43′ boat. I resigned from a great job at a fantastic company, Rockford Toolcraft. We moved onto Pearl Lee, our Endeavour 43 sailboat in early July. Since then getting her ready for our journey became our full time job. We still managed to have some fun here and there and met some really nice people. Below is a partial list of what we accomplished in just over a year since buying her. All of the work with the exception of sail making, and welding was done by us. More details on some of those projects will be coming.

  • New Sails
  • Neww Mack Pack sail covers
  • New engine mounts and alignment
  • New stern tube (the prop shaft runs through this)
  • New stern tube hose and clamps
  • New prop shaft
  • New cutless bearing (supports prop shaft)
  • Prop straightened and polished
  • New prop shaft packing (keeps water out)
  • All seacocks overhauled (valves for underwater openings)
  • New bow thruster prop (helps when docking this beast)
  • Bow thruster painted
  • New zincs for prop, spurs and thruster (electrolysis protection
  • New VHF radio with AIS (shows commercial traffic in relation to us)
  • New remote VHF station at helm
  • New chart plotter/GPS @helm (we have several backups)
  • New DSI depth sounder @helm (shows bottom detail, we also have a standard depth sounder)
  • New stereo (can’t cruise without music)
  • Interior lights converted to LED (less power and heat)
  • Navigation lights converted to LED
  • Helm compass overhauled
  • New portlight seals as needed
  • Re-bed portlights as needed
  • Re-bed hatches
  • New hatch seals
  • New primary bilge pump (we also have a large backup)
  • New relocated bilge pump float switch
  • New solar panels, 2×280 watts (supplies all our electricity)
  • New solar charge controller (charges batteries from solar)
  • New primary anchor (Rocna Vulcan 55kg for those who care)
  • New primary anchor chain (275′ of 5/16″ G4)
  • New windlass (anchor winch) solenoid
  • New windlass switch
  • Overhauled windlass
  • New galley faucet
  • New water filter/purifier (make sure our water is clean at the faucets)
  • New water intake filter (keeps sediment out of our tank)
  • Engine oil filter relocated (for easier, cleaner oil changes)
  • Bottom painted (retards marine growth)
  • Topsides painted (the part of the hull above the water)
  • Brightwork varnished (wood outside the boat)
  • Water tank removed, repaired, replaced
  • Heads (toilets) and holding tanks removed
  • New C-heads (composting toilets)
  • New custom mattress in master stateroom
  • New Propane tank and system
  • New Propane stove
  • New flux gate compass (electronic compass for our instruments)
  • Hydraulic steering bled and adjusted
  • Stern ladder customized and installed
  • Cabinet latches repaired/replaced as needed
  • New generator voltage regulator


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