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  1. Pat

    Pat

    Joined Jun 7, 2004
    1,244 posts, 51 likes
    Oday 272LE
    US Ninnescah Yacht Club, Wichita, Ks.
    I have the 272 LE....the boat needed a helmsman's seat so my best friend made me a beautiful curved seat with plans from an
    issue of Practical Sailor....it is still beautiful and has been in use since Spring of 1986....then there is a teak cockpit grate(s) that
    I ordered from a fellow in Florida...it is in two sections fore & aft in the cockpit.....it too is made like a tank and is a very beautiful addition to the boat....I ordered the cockpit grate(s) in roughly 2009 and they are beautiful too....we've taken good care of these additions....I've had to do a few revisions to the cockpit grates as the awthartship bracing on the under sides tend to hold the water in the cockpit when it rains....I've added what is in effect limber holes in each of the awartharthsip stringers to allow storm water to drain into the cockpit drain at the aft end of the boat......also had to add additional weight in the aft end of the quarterberth to improve the drainage from fore to aft.....maybe more than you wanted to know.....Patrick in paradise..
     


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  2. Pat

    Pat

    Joined Jun 7, 2004
    1,244 posts, 51 likes
    Oday 272LE
    US Ninnescah Yacht Club, Wichita, Ks.
    forgot to mention that my wife ordered a teak dining table attached to the wheel pedestal....the first one was made by Edson, and it was not big enough to serve two very well so we she bought another one at the Newport, RI Boat Show in 2013...It is very functional for two people....the only negative was it took maybe 5 or 6 men in the cockpit to figure out how to attach it to the pedestal.....it is helpful for serving a buffet in the cockpit....or great for two...Patrick again......
     


  3. David in Sandusky

    David in Sandusky

    Joined Nov 8, 2007
    1,123 posts, 169 likes
    Hunter 27_75-84
    US Sandusky Harbor Marina, Lake Erie
    An awning that zips onto the front of our Bimini and stretches over the cabin, attached to the cap shrouds with shock cords.

    Provides 100% shade in the cockpit.
    Keeps the sun off the cabin roof
    Allows us to leave the hatch open and use the cockpit in the rain
    Directs wind at anchor to the cockpit
    Flaps on each side can be raised for the view away from he sun
    Rigs in 5 minutes

    You can see it in Hunter 27 75-84 Owner Mods. For some reason I can’t copy the link.
     


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  4. jssailem

    jssailem

    Joined Oct 22, 2014
    7,213 posts, 2,750 likes
    CAL 35 Cruiser
    US Salem, Moored Port Everett WA
    Thanks @capta . Maybe I can get Santa to bring me some for Christmas. B&H Photo hads them for $469... Look pretty good. Hate to say it but as I try to focus my hands tend to shake and number reading becomes more like number guessing.
     


  5. capta

    capta

    Joined Jun 4, 2009
    2,805 posts, 886 likes
    Pearson 530
    na Admiralty Bay, Bequia SVG
    ights/
    I couldn't believe how much easier they make counting the seconds of lights and reading the numbers on marks etc and reading the names of vessels from much farther off.
     


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  6. flynhi4u

    flynhi4u

    Joined Oct 28, 2013
    666 posts, 193 likes
    Hunter 20
    US Lake Monroe
    Bow anchor locker. Been several years now since I added it but I can still remember how much it sucked carrying the anchor, chain, and rode forward.

    Sam
     


  7. NotCook

    NotCook

    Joined Dec 29, 2008
    605 posts, 134 likes
    Treworgy 65' Custom Steel Pilothouse Staysail Ketch
    US St. Croix, Virgin Islands
    Probably the best is our new SeaFrost 12V refrigeration, powered by 400 watts of solar panels. LOVE it!

    But, I'm also very pleased with the hatch actuators I installed on our main hatch over our galley. It is 8 feet above the galley sole, and weighs about 40 pounds. The only way to close it in the middle of the night if it started raining were to either, 1) climb up a flight of stairs into the pilothouse, then another flight of stairs to the quarter deck, then walk around the pilot house and take out the 2x4 holding up the hatch, or 2) climb up on top of the galley counter and stand on it while lifting up the hatch and removing the 2x4, all while the rain is coming in.

    Now, we just have to push on a rocker switch to raise or lower the hatch from the comfort of standing in the galley, or reaching into the companionway from the pilot house to the rocker switch. I'm particularly proud of this addition.
     

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  8. JetLaggedChef

    JetLaggedChef

    Joined Jul 9, 2018
    54 posts, 19 likes
    Catalina 25
    US Lake Monroe
    Nice! Did you install these yourself? And what was the cost? I'm really strong and can raise my poptop, but it's really awkward and no one else can do it. I was thinking of adding a hydrolic arm to assist, but curious how much more it'd be to just add a motorized one.
     


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  9. NotCook

    NotCook

    Joined Dec 29, 2008
    605 posts, 134 likes
    Treworgy 65' Custom Steel Pilothouse Staysail Ketch
    US St. Croix, Virgin Islands
    $50 on Amazon:
    1 of Firgelli Automations 200 lb Force 12V Linear Actuator with Mounting Brackets (6") [ASIN: B06VVF1WTT]

    upload_2018-12-5_18-14-55.jpeg
     


  10. Ken Cross

    Ken Cross

    Joined Oct 24, 2010
    1,853 posts, 280 likes
    Hunter 30
    US Everett, WA
    Number one is the Admiral. After that all else is just details. Having said that all those devices just serve to enhance the experience but I'd certainly add a plotter and autopilot if I didn't have one. It's pretty hard to beat new sails too.


    Ken
     


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  11. Mark Maulden

    Mark Maulden

    Joined Jan 25, 2011
    1,734 posts, 158 likes
    S2 11.0A
    US Anacortes, WA
    Thinking about some davits..should I or shouldn’t I?.....
     


  12. Charlie Jones s/v Tehani

    Charlie Jones s/v Tehani

    Joined Mar 1, 2012
    1,516 posts, 455 likes
    1961 Rhodes Meridian 25
    us Texas coast
    lol a topping lift is as big a requirement as a main halyard
     


  13. JetLaggedChef

    JetLaggedChef

    Joined Jul 9, 2018
    54 posts, 19 likes
    Catalina 25
    US Lake Monroe
    Thanks! I just ordered it. How about the SeaFrost refrigeration? Did you install it yourself?
     


  14. nightowle

    nightowle

    Joined Aug 28, 2006
    262 posts, 40 likes
    Bavaria 35E
    US seattle
    i'll append to my previous reply (re chartplotter at the helm) and say the recent acquisition of a whisker pole is darn nice. Boat didn't come with one.
     


  15. Megaman

    Megaman

    Joined Nov 25, 2018
    6 posts, 2 likes
    Hunter 40
    Blown Addiction Un Boston
    Just purchased my 87 hunter 40 at the end of the season. I was able to catch Black Friday and cyber monday deals on navigation and sonar equipment.......... Gotta know where you are and how deep you are
     


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  16. Kermit

    Kermit

    Joined Jul 31, 2010
    4,826 posts, 2,023 likes
    Hunter 260
    US Lake Murray Sailing Club, SC
    Adding me to your boat will be my favorite addition.
     


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  17. jssailem

    jssailem

    Joined Oct 22, 2014
    7,213 posts, 2,750 likes
    CAL 35 Cruiser
    US Salem, Moored Port Everett WA
    I think your correct.
    Adding you to my boat would be your favorite addition. But with the broken wing, not sure you could make the jump all the way out here. Know if you did leave the Lilly pond we would show you a fun time and sights that can amaze.

    Seattle’s Bell Harbor with Mount Rainer in the background.
    upload_2018-12-6_5-40-57.jpeg

    @LeslieTroyer’s Mahalo in Saratoga Passage.
    upload_2018-12-6_5-44-17.jpeg

    Or a sunrise in the Canadian Gulf Islands.
    upload_2018-12-6_5-46-49.jpeg

    Ya’ll come join us.....sometime.
     


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  18. RoyS

    RoyS

    Joined Jun 3, 2012
    394 posts, 126 likes
    Hunter 33
    US Bay Pointe, Quincy
    Chart Plotter at helm. Took mine for granted until I sailed in a boat without a functioning one, frightening! You become dependent on the thing.
     


  19. jssailem

    jssailem

    Joined Oct 22, 2014
    7,213 posts, 2,750 likes
    CAL 35 Cruiser
    US Salem, Moored Port Everett WA
    Or you can open a chart. Unless you have to be somewhere at a certain time, plotters are less needed than a good chart to get in and out of port. We become dependent on our electronics. Perhaps that is the charm of the Golden Globe race. A return to the Golden years of sailing.
     


  20. dlochner

    dlochner

    Joined Jan 11, 2014
    2,793 posts, 1,188 likes
    Sabre 362
    113 US Fair Haven, NY
    I'm not so sure about the "Golden Years of Sailing." Of the 18 boats that started the GG, only 7 remain.

    https://mailchi.mp/fcc32decc8a1/hnuzddxdcn-756753?e=2daceb3878

    And Amazon is releasing another Donald Crowhurst movie this month.
     



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