The Refit


When we first saw ocelot, she was in the river at Lucinda (bottom of Hinchinbrook Island, Qld) and hadn’t had a lot of love in recent years. It was a hold your nose and watch your step (because of the bird leavings everywhere) and look out for the fist sized cockroaches type of experience; but we could see the boat that she could become.


Old ocelot

What has followed, is a never ending (yet) refit that I will finish before the end of this year. I think I’ll just list what we’ve done, possibly in order:

-clean inside and out, and also under

-replace the sad 9.9hp Yamaha outboard with a new Suzuki 15hp

-remove all hatches and replace

-remove windows, repaint stripe and reseal windows

-paint engine bay, fit new 60 litre s/s fuel tank, lines and filter

-remove solid cockpit roof and replace with folding Bimini

-replace all standing and running rigging, also turnbuckles and seagull striker

-replace catwalk with new alloy catwalk and anchor locker

– slip boat, repaint topsides and anti-foul, and replace all skin-fittings

– repaint decks

-repaint in galley and bathroom

– replace all water tanks (we hold 400 litres in bladders), hoses, taps, pumps and toilet with new hoses

-remove all wiring, batteries, lights, solar panels, everything electrical. And replace with new everything (including anchor winch and autopilot, I can write a post if anyone is interested in how I’ve wired it)

-replace frontrunner

-replace bedding and gave all the cushions a good clean (and several steam cleans!)

-replace fridge

-paint decks

plus a million other things I’m sure, I’ve still got a 3 page list to go! I’d hate to think how long it’s all taken, but I reckon I’ll crack the 1000 hours by the time we’re ready to set sail…..


 new ocelot






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