I have been sulking. Maravilla is in Anacortes, and I am 1200 miles away in Riverside – and I don’t like it. But the repairs are complete, and I will move her to Ventura in a week or so.
I was asked – since I am not sailing – to give more details on the modifications/improvements I made to Maravilla. I have plenty of time these days, so lets take a look at the interior mods, and how they have performed. Apologies in advance for the poor photos – I had to salvage them from an old file and they were not taken with publication in mind.
From the bow – I took the original toilet and holding tank out and replaced them with a Thetford Curve porta-potti. I never missed the head – the porta potti is a huge success. I tossed the old tank, hoses, pump and toilet. Threw them over the bow and into the recycle bin. I capped off the old thru hulls – it was the cheapest, easiest option – and I like cheap and easy. The thetford comes with a bracket to fix it to the floor (just slide a latching mechanism), so it doesn’t go jumping around when the going gets bouncy – an important detail with a portable toilet. I don’t have any numbers for weight savings, but I am sure the thetford saves tens of pounds over the original porcelain (porcelain, really, on a trimaran???) head and tank. The Thetford Curve is a big thumbs up!
Origo Stove – the original stove on Maravilla was an Origo alcohol stove. I have never liked alcohol stoves since I almost burned up my San Juan 24 lo these many years ago when the primer dish overflowed and blazing alcohol spilled unseen down the side of the boat and set the mouse fur on fire. The Origo on Maravilla was corroded beyond repair, so it was an easy decision to chuck. Now for the genius. I took the old bent aluminum pan that the stove was mounted in, and lined it with some cheap fabric – and now, behind the sink, lies a lovely storage catch-all basin. Condiments, sporks, coffee grinder, Molita, phones, fruit, snack bars, keys, a cutting board, snacks, whiskey – all gravitate to the “dry sink”. I replaced the old alcohol stove with a JetBoil backpacker stove – light, super efficient, safe and far more robust than the old Origo. The JetBoil packs up into a 4 x 8 inch diameter cylinder and weighs just ounces. It is stored in the compartment under the sink with two plates, two cups, two bowls – full galley and dining service for two. I use the JetBoil to boil water for freeze dried entrees and morning coffee. Usually, it is fired up on the cockpit floor, while the chef stands in the companion way, keeping the fire out of the cabin. I once saw a fire explode out of the cabin on a friends trimaran, so keeping the fire outside is a priority. I also have a Magma propane barbecue on the stern for serious cooking. JetBoil and dry sink are a big thumbs up!
There was an additional battery and wiring mounted in the port side alcove just outboard of the dagger board trunk. I tossed the battery, wiring and battery box and haven’t missed it. Not sure what they had in mind when it was installed but eliminating it saved almost 100 pounds. Thumbs up!
For the cockpit, I bought some custom cushions from Bill Coxwell over at C-Cushions. Vinyl covered foam, they are comfortable and indestructible. I have spent hours on them, rocking back and forth while steering and never chafed. Big thumbs up.
I replaced the original faded, worn, nasty cushions with new ones – four inches thick. They are super comfortable and sport a snazzy navy blue weather-proof, mildew-proof fabric and closed cell foam. They were pricey – around 1600 dollars for both settees and the aft cabin – but well worth it. Make sure to make the starboard side back cushion 4 inches thick too – so it fairs with the settee when used as a bunk. The fabric and foam were recommended by a local marine upholstery shop and they used the old cushions as templates for a perfect fit. Your local shop should be able to do the same for you. This was an expensive upgrade, but no regrets. Dawn loves the décor and we sleep like babies! Big thumbs up.
I probably spent about 2K on the upgrades for the interior and none of it was wasted. The porta-potti, JetBoil and cushions all work to make camping and sailing aboard Maravilla comfortable and convenient.
Next we’ll take a look at the mods done to the deck department – anchor and rode, whisker stays and bob stay, cap shroud tensioners and dinghy.