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coconuts’ sister

I can’t tell the story about how Coconut found me without mentioning my friend Joel. I’d met him through friends in the Bay, and he was just getting ready to sail down from SF to LA. I was green with envy and wanted to join, but… work and stuff got in the way.

When I’d planned to visit LA to see an old friend, I stopped by his boat to check it out as I hadn’t seen it yet. It was SO cool! I remember thinking how big it was for a 35’er. We went for a quick sail and that was that.

A few days later I was at my marina’s potluck that I never went to anymore, just to say goodbye to a friend who was leaving. There were a few of us talking about our next boat, I was completely over my little Columbia and needed something bigger. Again, that was that.

The next morning I got a text from an unknown number offering me a 35′ boat for sale. I looked at the Craigslist ad and thought “harumph, beautiful but it’s too big for me.” I posted it to Facebook, as I was posting potential boats every day asking for feedback. This boat got LOTS of interest. People were seriously considering buying it. I went back to look at the ad again. Was I passing up a good deal??

I read the description rather than just looking at the pictures and noticed the boat was a double ender center cockpit, which as far as I’m aware is not really a thing except for Joel’s boat that I had just seen. I forwarded the ad to him and asked if it was his boat. It was, and he said if I didn’t buy it, he would. This boat was half the price he got his for and was in better shape, sort of, and he raved about his boat.

My friend Steve came with me to check out the boat that same day, and several other people (who I’d alerted this boats’ availability to) came as well. (I made sure I had first dibs!)

When I heard the boats name was Coconut that was it for me, my heart melted into the bildge and we became one. That was May of 2014. Side note, people always ask what the name was prior to Coconut, but I’ve looked through the documents and it has always been named Coconut. Further proof this boat has always been awesome, perhaps not always allowed to show her true colors from being neglected for so long.

I left the Bay (as in sailed away!) exactly a month ago and had the opportunity to see Joel and his boat Valkyrie. He doesn’t live on the boat anymore, but he was in town working on it. So many people have helped me with Coconut since we left the dock, so sanding, scrubbing, bondo’ing, and painting Val for a couple of days was my way of paying it forward.

It was really trippy being on another twin boat. There were so many similarities, yet enough differences to let you know it’s not your baby. I learned more about the boat, why things are the way they are, and what important pieces I’m probably missing (because he was too). It was a lot of fun rowing across the harbor to give some love to another Fantasia.

Just a few days prior to this I’d been approached by a gentleman who used to own a Fantasia for 20 years. It turns out he also was a long time friend of a former dock neighbor, it is such a small world. He also had lots of advice and fond memories of the boat. I love talking shop with salty sailors!

Hi Val!
Hey Coconut!


Val’s cockpit is pretty similar, except it is fully enclosed and Coconut’s have cutouts on the port and starboard side. There used to be a folding step there apparently, and whoever had my boat just tore them out and whoever had Joel’s boat decided to enclose them. Coconut’s cutout is better for when water enters the cockpit, it at least has somewhere to escape. Val also has mechanical steering and Coco has hydraulic, so our steering columns are different.



I was going to ask how Joel’s kept the portholes from leaking, but his are totally different. I’ve replaced the gaskets on mine and they’re leaking again. Grr.



There was a bunch of water damage in the aft cabin of Coconut and I’ve mentioned to several woodworkers I want it rebuilt eventually. They always ask me how, and now at least I have an image of what it should look like! One day, in Mejico, this will be done.



I remembered Joel telling me his chainplates were put on the exterior of the boat. When I was redoing my rigging, I mentioned this but the yard wasn’t interested in re-doing the design and getting a naval architect involved. The picture of Coconut’s chainplates are the old ones, as you can see they were pretty crusty. They’re new now, so have no fear!




Coconut’s hatch has plexiglass to let light in, which I prefer. But I also prefer Val’s style of non-skid.
Storm sails! We don’t have any.
The universal ball joint that hooks a steel rod to an emergency tiller to use if you loose steering. I do not have this piece! In Mejico….
Val’s got an electric motor, hence all the batteries. Also recently got a water maker, hence the 1 cylinder engine.


The shelving area where the fridge is on Coconut was torn up. The photo below is from when I first bought the boat, so I immediately tore out all of the old electrical stuff. I eventually filled in the hole in the shelf with epoxy so I could at least use it as a shelf, but being that there’s no railing things fall off fairly easily. Also, on Val a previous owner attempted maybe to replace the insulation on the fridge, something I will need to do at some point. I’m not sure I’d go about it the same way they did…

Val’s area under the refer
SO MUCH SPACE AFT!!! Joel removed the propane box, both dorade boxes, as well as the traveller track. It looks slick! Not sure I’ll get into those projects anytime soon, although it looks so roomy.


When it comes to the shop… I’m not sure I can work this but I really like the doors on the cabinetry, along with the upper shelf (white). I currently have to reach my hand around the corner to feel my way to the correct tool I’m looking for. It never works, and I end up removing everything which is annoying. I’ve got a 2nd shelf but it’s kinda sorta falling down and there’s only maybe 2″ of space to store stuff. I like Val’s solution better.  I also realized after the fact that Val’s hull number is inside the shop! When I had a survey done, we couldn’t find the hull number anywhere and honestly I’ve never seen it. I now know where it should be. (Anyone know if I can just inscribe it on a piece of wood and slap it in there? Or does it have to be more official?)



BEFORE + AFTER progressions

my dear coconut

One thing I wasn’t crazy about on Coconut  is that someone thought it would be funny to remove the “C’s” on one side of the boat… leaving behind the name of “-O-ONUT”. It was like this when I bought the boat.

SAM_4400HA. Ha…. ha. When my best friend mentioned that she wanted to paint more, I thought, HEY wanna paint the name on the side of my boat?!?! She did! She came all the way down from Seattle to spend a weekend with me. We hung out and painted, hiked, played with the doggies, and chilled. It was so nice to spend some quality time with her! I wanted her to do whatever she pleased as far as the font and artistry went, I wanted her personal touch on my dear Coconut.

IMG_0065I didn’t realize this at the time, but the paint on the hull has stripped away so much on my boat that when we removed the stickers, there was another layer there that we couldn’t get off. Not with Goo-Gone, not with acetone, nothing. Turns out, it’s a thick layer of paint that the sticker was protecting from being blown away. You can see there are two layers of stickers that have been removed, creating a funky surface to paint on. I’ve been advised to sand it down with an orbital with 220 grit sand paper. I’ve got the supplies, just need to find the time to do it. Then Thyda can paint the city on next time she’s here.

IMG_0272For now only Coconut has been painted on, but I love how it came out!! Even Zita approves 😉



IMG_0326He has a rough life, be easy on him..

In other news, I looked through the blog and realized that I don’t have any photos of the interior on here. The photos I do have are from when I first moved board. That’s code for “it’s a mess”. It’s still messy, but I guess a little more of an organized mess. SAM_4419This is the walkway through the head to the aft cabin. This is just off the stairs from the companionway.

SAM_4431This is the lovely aft cabin! This area suffered the most water damage of all, as you can see the “wall” is completely torn out and needs to be redone.

SAM_4435Walking back out of the aft cabin you head to the galley.

SAM_4423The galley!

SAM_4424This is one of my favorites. On the other side of the galley is the “Nav Satation”. Look at all that old stuff! The countertop has three refrigeration compartments beneath it. SO MUCH SPACE TO KEEP FOOD AND BEER COOL! AAh. It’s so beautiful!

SAM_4422Here is the settee, across from the galley.

SAM_4444 This is unique, it’s a shop! To store tools! There was a lot of stuff left behind by the previous owner as you can see.

SAM_4428Zita for scale, all the beautiful beautiful drawers in the forward v-berth. There are two spaces for people to sleep up forward.

I’ve got my work cut out for me in bringing Coconut back up to par, but I’ve made a lot of progress already and I haven’t even had her six months yet. I really have so much more respect for people who rebuild things. It’s a lot of work! Especially on a boat, it’s not like you can just go to Home Depot and get this stuff. A lot of it isn’t even made anymore, leaving you scrounging around online trying to find stuff. It’s quite the scavenger hunt, but I think I like the fact that it’s not easy. If it were, it would be boring.