My 31' Commander turned 50 years in August last year. For various reasons she did not get any presents at the time, which with hind site seems a bit cruel. So, in preparation for the coming season, I thought I will make it up to her. Not to mention that I expect to have som fun myself on the way. This is what is in store for her:
Essentially I plan to replace the old Bennett trim tabs with so called interceptors. I am also replacing ALL motor gauges and navigational instruments with state of the art digital stuff. And finally (to please my wife as well) I am installing a digital TV-set and a coffee maker.
Top row from left:
Not in the photo: 2x iPads that will be used for displaying all engine and navigational data.
For all you "propeller heads" out there I attached a system design drawing. May "the Force" be with me when installing all this. I will try to keep you posted!
Looks like fun. You will have a happy Commander.
For those newer members who don't know the whole story, this is a very lucky 31 that has received many "presents" during it's 50 years ! Almost 20 years ago this 31 was rescued from the swamps of Florida and treated to a nice freighter ride to Sweden where she received a major refit at a high end Swedish boatyard. Shortly after this was complete, Alarik gave her a present of 2 new Mercruiser 350 MPI engines ! Since then, it's been mainly normal TLC till now, when she is about to get the serious presents that Alarik described above. Moral of the story ---- This is a really lucky and pampered boat indeed :-)