The head/holding tank, solar panel and batteries installations and galley were the major projects for the “off-season.” There were also many “minor” watsonizing projects that kept Al busy all winter and early spring. Some were necessary and some were just because it suited our style better. These “minor” projects still took considerable time and effort – Al’s time and effort!
The KK39 has an amazing engine room for its size. One might say we bought an engine room with an attached boat. Since Al enjoys maintaining the engine and systems, it is a real plus to have this spacious area. Although one of the smaller Kady Krogens, the 39 is the one with a walk-in engine room. The next size with an engine room is the Kadey Krogen 48 feet.
To step down into the engine room, there was a wood step. Al shortened that step so that he could lift up the hatch in the floor for easy access to the hydraulic pump for the stabilizers.
The starboard side of the engine room has an awesome workbench.
Al organized the tools and workbench area to better suit his needs.
Bowthruster& Rudder Barnacles
The bowthruster tunnel and dual props were encrusted with barnacles. This is pretty typical in hard to paint places that are underwater.
“Fins” and “Wings”
The Kadey Krogen 39 has “stabilizers,” a whole new world for us. Stabilizers are fins mounted beneath the waterline and stick out from the hull to reduce a boat’s rolling caused by wind or waves.
Our stabilizer fins needed new outer seals, which required a professional. 🙁 Hmmm…. A project that Al cannot do. Every once in a long while that does happen.
Al did have some work to do on the stabilizer wings. The wings, made of fiberglass, were damaged so he removed them from the fins for repair work at home. (The wings are the bottom part of the fins.)
During the survey, the water from the cockpit shower would not shut off. The surveyor noted that the plastic enclosure for it was cracked in three spots. He researched a new housing only to learn that the cost was outrageous. With his fiberglass skills, he repaired the existing housing, rebuilt the faucet, replaced the washers and installed a new hose and shower head. Good to go!
The boat came with a bimini on the flybridge, but it had no “windshield” which would make windy or chilly conditions a little uncomfortable up there. We enjoyed using the flybridge on the Mariner. In fact, 90+% of the time we steered from up there, especially me. Here, in New England, it is nice to have a windshield for comfort.