Phew! Work completed to date!!

Custom dodger mock-up in corroplast

Tony and Karin purchased Arabella (now renamed Mayaluga) in Seattle July 2013 without any illusions as to her condition.  We knew she was definitely a fixer-upper that needed a lot more than simple TLC.  We felt that her honest construction and good reviews as an offshore cruiser made it a worthwhile project.   Three prior owners (of 6) had lived on-board for more than 27 years in total.  Maintenance had been seriously neglected.  Our goal has been to renew the integrity of the vessel overall to “ex-factory” and bring the specs into the 21st century.





Innovative products that Karin and Tony have discovered while fitting out:

Flush folding coat hooks [IKEA]

Water resistant toilet-paper holder (Trotac)

Quick dissolve toilet paper (Soap Exchange – Hillside Ave)

Toilet inlet deodorizer (Trotac)

Utensil holder for galley counter (Bed Bath and Beyond)

Automatic Soap, shampoo and conditioner dispenser (Bed Bath and Beyond)

Automatic toothpaste dispenser and brush holders

LED lights (Trotac)

Bad-Elf-Pro GPS tracker (Trotac)

Acrylic mirrors (Industrial Plastics)

Hypervent (under berth cushions and in lockers to prevent damp)

Marmoleum galley and countertops (United Flooring)

Wire shelves (Home Depot)

Extra-extender drawer sliders (Home Depot)

Pacific-centered world map imbedded into dining table (National Geographic)

Bluetooth portable waterproof speaker (London Drugs)

Stainless steel insulated coffee-bodem /french press

Radar gimbal (Waltz RLS)

Bagged-wine dispenser (WineKitz)

Knife for spreading hard butter (crowd-funding “reward”)


Innovative (we think!) DIY ideas to make life on board easier:

Reefing hooks – a’la Tony Gooch (BCA presentation)

Ceiling and valance renovations with ply, foam and vinyl

Acrylic mirrors laminated onto ply for locker sliding doors and drawer fronts

Acrylic mirrors in small head area to provide an allusion of a bigger space

Dorade-vent winter seals

How to bleach teak and prevent fresh varnish darkening it again

Acrylic shelving for fridge with acrylic welded retaining panels

Pull-out dish storage drawers

Spice rack

Electrical bus-bar and fuse panels on hinged panels for accessibility

Isolation and bridging of starting-battery to house-bank




Hans Christian 38T (1978)    Projects completed to April 2016:





  • New flares and signals
  • Replace fire extinguishers and labels, add extra for total of 4
  • Replace some through-hulls and service existing
  • New 2000 GPH electric bilge pump
  • Service manual bilge pump
  • Gill foul weather gear
  • New assortment of PFD’s
  • Jack lines port and starboard – flat webbing.
  • Add solid stainless steel rails around deck
  • Add SS “granny bars” and belaying pins at foot of mast
  • Pull and clean 350 ft primary chain. Paint chain, mark boat lengths in yellow
  • Attach bitter-end with 10 ft of rope (original bitter end was loose!)
  • New anchor shackles



  • Remove diesel engine (Chrysler Nissan SD22) and gearbox (Borg Warner Velvet-Drive)
  • Complete rebuild of engine, replace oil-seals in gearbox
  • Replace engine raw water pump, keep original as spare
  • Replace starter motor, rebuild old as spare
  • New wet manifold and exhaust
  • Rebuild engine mounts
  • Fit sump-oil pump-out system to sump drain-hole
  • Pump out diesel fuel, filter and scrub, pressure wash and clean tanks, replace diesel
  • Cut holes in existing inspection plates, fit tank-level monitors, wire to gauges at chart-table
  • Rebuild Racor water separator and diesel filter
  • Re-engineer access to gearbox dipstick and filler
  • Relocate fuel kill-switch to companionway
  • Service Morse throttle cable controls and renew/service attachment points
  • Install engine alarms for low oil pressure and water temperature
  • Second Hobbs Meter to record hours since engine rebuild
  • Insulate engine compartment for sound deadening
  • Add air-intake filter to further suppress engine noise
  • Remove redundant plumbing (copper lines) and replace with hose and pex
  • Remove and replace flexible bladder holding tank with 3/8” rigid poly-propylene 32 gall tank
  • Clean potable water tanks, fit extra intakes for water-maker, add sensing monitors
  • Re-plumb individual water tank breathers overboard instead of into combined into bilge
  • Cut extra through-hull holes for water-maker and for fridge coolant bulb
  • Remove stove and fix mounts to prevent it becoming a lethal projectile
  • Replace macerator, Y-valve and all waste plumbing to under the head-sink instead of under forward berth



  • Remove two wheel-barrow loads of redundant wiring
  • Replace bilge pump switch and 2,000 gallon per hr pump
  • Replace old flooded batteries with 7 x Group 27 AGM’s (house bank x 6 and 1 x starting)
  • Batten-bars to positively lock-down batteries from movement
  • New battery cables (x 23)
  • Install battery fuses
  • Fit ACR charging equalizer
  • Install secondary isolator switch for starting battery and create bridging-system for emergency starting
  • Raymarine E7D fitted to replace Noah’s original stuff (chart-plotter with Navionics and 48 mile radar
  • Fit ICOM AIS transceiver
  • Remodel chart-table to accommodate full size charts
  • Label all electrical circuits, replace terminals and renew most wiring runs to correct improper wire gauges
  • Replace all fuses in runs with central fuse blocks in accessible areas
  • Reduce 110AC wiring on-board to absolute minimum (11 x 110V outlets to 3)
  • New bus-bar locker and renew circuits
  • Replace 12V bulbs with LED’s and replace most light fixtures with modern updates



  • Power-wash all interior surfaces and bilge areas
  • Scour and paint bilges with BilgeCote
  • Replace galley sink with double deep bowls
  • Replace sink faucets and shower fixtures
  • Strip interior woodwork, bleach several shades lighter and surface with 7 coats clear varnish
  • Paint closets and lockers with epoxy and line with Hypervent insulation
  • Hypervent installed under all bunk cushions
  • Resurface headliners in forward and aft double cabins
  • Upholster valances under deck
  • New upholstery salon cushions
  • New foam in sleeping areas and recover
  • Replace several delaminated under-seat lids and berth-lids with new ply
  • Remove and replace all Formica counter-tops with Marmoleum, sink area ply rotton – replace and polyester resin & glass
  • Dining table fitted with National Geographic pacific-centered map and coated with epoxy sealer
  • Sliding closet doors in galley replaced with ply lined acrylic mirrors
  • Acrylic mirrors on two walls of head area to create illusion of extra space in this small area



  • Rebuild mast, replace tangs, new masthead and spinnaker crane, epoxy coat in white
  • New standing rigging and turnbuckles including bobstay
  • Lead six halyards etc through mast interior instead of outside mast
  • Replace electrical wires in mast conduit
  • Replace all running rigging
  • Lead halyards and reefing lines (3 x main and 1 staysail) to foot of mast instead of cockpit
  • Add three winches at foot of mast
  • Add 3 sets of 3 clutches at foot of mast
  • Update and replace old clutches on coach-roof
  • Shorten boom 22″ to correct weather-helm, re-cut mainsail
  • Convert main and staysail to loose-footed
  • Clean, stitch maintenance, new leach-lines, offshore reinforcements main and genoa
  • Add reef point on staysail
  • Remove bowsprit, replace staysail chain-plate, renew through-bolts, re-bed bowsprit
  • Re-route Monitor self- steering system control lines


  • Resurface teak cockpit seating, new teak plugs where required
  • Construct bimini
  • Install 6 x 100W flexible monocrystaline solar panels with controllers (2 x coach-roof / 4 x bimini)
  • Service manual windlass
  • Replace secondary anchor and accompanying rode
  • Canvas work in Sunbrella “wheat”
  • Liferaft mounting of DBC 6 person offshore
  • WestBay RIB and Tohatsu 9.8HP outboard mounting system
  • Install ICOM 802 SSB radio
  • Install freezer box

3 comments on Phew! Work completed to date!!

  1. Those are all cool additions… but I have to know… are you referring to that butter knife with the little holes on the edge? Does it work? : )

    – m

  2. Tony,

    This is Ricardo (and my wife Jean) your look alike whom Jim mistook for you on the water taxi. Wanted to thank you for receiving us onboard on April 14th. As mentioned then, we would be delighted to receive you and Karin in Port Angles when cross the border into the Us on your first leg down south. Just give us a heads up.


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