King’s Pride Refit Blog

Ever want to buy an old sailboat, fix it up, and sail away? Slow down and read all of these blog posts: it’s much more work, time, and money than you might think. We are going to try and get weekly blog posts put up for students and followers to see our progress, ideas, and learning in action.

New Drivetrain

New Drivetrain

King's Pride Home  |  To Do List  |  Expenditures  |  BlogKing's Pride Refit BlogThe past 6 weeks or so has been spent on figuring out the running gear for the boat. We know the engine will be the Yanmar 4JH 45 HP, but...

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December Update

December Update

King's Pride Home  |  To Do List  |  Expenditures  |  BlogKing's Pride Refit BlogDecember was another expensive month - two months in a row! We are working on the many un-answered questions - many items have been...

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Painting The Mast

Painting The Mast

King's Pride Home  |  To Do List  |  Expenditures  |  BlogKing's Pride Refit BlogWe had only planned to remove the mast, re-rig, new wire, and put back up - simple, As if.... Once we had it down in the shop, we all...

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November Update

November Update

King's Pride Home  |  To Do List  |  Expenditures  |  BlogKing's Pride Refit BlogTurning the corner, we hope. It’s been a long couple of months since we started taking apart King’s Pride. So far, not too many...

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Shrink Wrap

Shrink Wrap

King's Pride Home  |  To Do List  |  Expenditures  |  BlogKing's Pride Refit BlogRain, and more rain mixed with wind. After removing the mast we realized that we had more deck hardware to remove (all of it) and that...

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Removing the mast

Removing the mast

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Rudder, Part 2: Looking good

Rudder, Part 2: Looking good

King's Pride Home  |  To Do List  |  Expenditures  |  BlogKing's Pride Refit BlogWe didn’t know the construction of the rudder, and no information was available, so we drilled the first 2” hole, to have a look. The...

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Fuel Tanks, Part 2

Fuel Tanks, Part 2

King's Pride Home  |  To Do List  |  Expenditures  |  BlogKing's Pride Refit BlogWe decided to do as much of the take apart as we could. This Fall has been a lot of demolition. The goal, with most refits, it to get...

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Fuel Tank removal

Fuel Tank removal

King's Pride Home  |  To Do List  |  Expenditures  |  BlogKing's Pride Refit BlogJennifer had reported the aft fuel tank leaking and the forward one contaminated – that’s why we did the delivery on a small 1 gallon can...

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Rudder, Part 1

Rudder, Part 1

King's Pride Home  |  To Do List  |  Expenditures  |  BlogKing's Pride Refit BlogOne big part of this refit is the steering system. Steering is a major concern when purchasing an older vessel because loss of steerage...

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Engine Removal

Engine Removal

We have great news, King’s Pride is ready for student work. Our teaching/Learning platform isn’t completely ready, but we’ve made solid progress. So far we…

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Visit from John Neal

Visit from John Neal

John & Amanda from Mahina Expeditions stopped in to evaluate what we purchased. John has been helping cruisers purchase boats for 40 years and helped us out in the beginning to ensure we had a good start for this project. We filmed our pre-purchase meeting with them, and then again on this visit.

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