I have a 61 Pearson Triton. I lived on her for 3 months this summer after getting her in June. Had a blast. I'm working towards making her a more capable blue water single or double handed cruiser. A fair amount of good work has been done in the past but there's a lot left to do. Just wondering if you would send your ideas my way about changes you'd make. I'm open to relatively radical mods (hard dodger for instance) if they would solve problems.
Some details about the boat as she stands
1) Inboard has been removed, aperture fared in. Boat sails amazingly well and does pretty well in light winds. I have an outboard that works well in calms but not in chop. Not going to make a well because I want the storage and also it will interfere with the self steering. I'm going to refit the outboard mount that I have (fixed) this year with a moveable one because the outboard never gets out of the water currently and I'd like to get it lower). Currently the space where the inboard was is mostly not used. I'm planning on building a plywood/epoxy water tank in that area (although still a little unclear as to whether epoxy is safe for water).
2) Rig: there is some ? as to the soundness of the mast. Long story. Rigger is examining it in the next couple weeks. Regardless, she will get all new standing rigging this year. Currently all halyards and reefing lines are led back to the cockpit. I've found this less helpful than I thought, as I still need to go forward to the mast for reefing to get to the tack hook. And the roller jib halyard being back in the cockpit is a major pain. So I'm going to bring the reefing lines to the boom and the halyards to the mast and eliminate a lot of complexity. I'm pondering leading the jib halyard forward to make changing the jib on the furler a more doable proposition.
I'm thinking about going to a double boom vang/preventer thing with two sides led to the toe rails (see dinghy piece below). Need a beefier mainsheet traveller I think too.
3) Anchoring. Currently using a 35 pound mantus as my main anchor with a 35 pound bruce/claw as my second. These are both "storm" anchors for the boat and have held really well in some crappy circumstances. 75' of chain on the Mantus and 30 feet of chain on the bruce. I had no windlass last year, so I'm going to add a Lofrans Royal manual windlass this summer. My power is minimal so I don't think I can use an electric windlass.
4) Dinghy. I had a small very tender pram this year which was very mediocre. I'm going to be building a 7' Catspaw from B&B designs this winter, I'm pretty sure this will be much better. I'm planning on fitting it out with a good bit more flotation too so that it will function as a lifeboat somewhat. My problem here is that there isn't all that much space between the mast and the companionway. I'd also like to fit a dodger. The current dinghy just misses the vang. I'd like to get preventers anyway. So...that's why I'm thinking of the dual vang/preventer set up. I'm still trying to figure out how to get the dinghy and the dodger to work together. The current dinghy overhangs the hatch by about a foot.I could make the dinghy have a removable transom to give me some more room. I thought about a nesting dinghy but am serious about wanting the lifeboat capability and putting together a 2 part dinghy in a bad situation seems like a bad idea. I could shorten the hatch to meet the dodger. I've also been wondering about eliminating the hatch but making a permanent sloping roof over the companionway (a bit like a square version of a Contessa hatch)
5) Self steering: I'm heavily leaning towards a Cape Horn windvane. Looks to be really excellent at steering, looks nice, price is good, not too much stuff on the stern and will integrate with a tiller pilot and minimize electricity use.
6) Flotation: I want to make watertight compartments. In particular under the V birth I'd like to make two seperate compartments...feels like this is the most sensitive area for a collision. Actually 3, because I'd like to put a forwards bulkhead to block in the anchor locker. Then another one under the v-birth about 3 feet back, and then another one at the end of the v-birth. I'm also planning on a removable baffle for the head and a permanent baffle in the hanging locker that goes above the waterline.
7) Sails: The main has 3 reef points, currently it has jiffy reefing on the first two, nothing on the third. I'd like to put an adjustable reef track on the boom (currently just has two fixed pullies) so I can fit either 1 and 2 or 2 and 3 reefs depending on conditions. I'm hoping the 3rd reef will take the place of a trysail, which I don't have. I have an old storm jib that I'm thinking about fitting a roller furling wire to that I could use in place of the working jib if it looked like things were getting ugly. I was pondering switching to a masthead rig but I'm not sure that it has much added value.
8) Galley: Currently have a little two burner gimballed propane stove. I find it to be more trouble than it's worth. I'd like to go with a 2 burner fixed stove and then a swinging gimballed portable 1 burner stove for cooking while under way. Not sure which 2 burner to go with but something that has a lot of fiddles to lock stuff down.
I'll leave it at that. I've thought about this stuff a lot but it seems like the crowd here is pretty knowledgable...so if you have any thoughts, please let me know.