I like my boats how I like my men. Foreign, strong, and full of character!
Coconut, hull #18, is a Bruce Bingham design. One of the 78 Fantasia 34’s that were built in Taiwan in 1976. The design is a double ender center cockpit.
I purchased Coconut in 2014 in Berkeley, California and have lived on her ever since. Minus a few boat breaks here and there.
Coconut needed a lot of work to be in sailing condition again. In 2018 she was finally ready (and so was I) to sail under the Golden Gate bridge of San Francisco. We are currently in Mexico.
Here is a list of what I had to do to get Coconut sailing. Items I have accomplished will be
crossed off to give a sense of what the problems were. We are at least able to sail, the rest is cosmetic or upgrades!
SEAL OFF THE BOAT
-Rebuild hatches -Remove caulking around hatches and reseal
-Re-bed all deck hardware & tracks, glassing in wood bases
-Close up exhaust deck hole -Make (and glass) missing aft dorade box
-Refurbish all portholes
-Re-caulk teak in cockpit -Install clam vents for port and starboard holes -Fill in missing bungs with glue/sawdust combo to seal exposed screws
-New standing rigging -New running rigging -New chainplates -Mast: sand/repaint, rebed hardware, new wires, install antennas for internet and VFH/AIS. -Install roller-furling system for headsail -Get all navigation lights working
-Flexible solar panels -Inverter -Depth sounder -VHF/AIS -Delorme satellite phone -EPIRB
-Raw water pump
-New LED lighting through out
-50 hr tune up -New prop -New cutlass bearing -Align engine
-Service winches -Service, sandblast & repaint windlass -New prop
-Get both water tanks to hold water, epoxy interior to prevent rust
-T-valve to bring salt water to galley faucet
-Water purification system for fresh water -Install Hydrovane
-New cushions in aft and forward bunks
-Fix all “spiderweb” cracks, pits, and voids in fiberglass
-Paint deck and hull
-New headliner through out
-Fake grass aft for the pups