I worked from dawn to dusk every day for the entire month; not a minute wasted. My rewards matched the effort I expended. One of the larger and more expensive projects was upgrading and improving the house battery system. I pulled out the 8 year old AGM batteries and increased their size to achieve a total capacity of 600 amp Hours of Lifeline AGM marine batteries. Of course, these new batteries are larger and heavier, so I had to relocate the batteries, improve the hold down brackets, and beef up the mounting platforms. I located one set each to port and starboard, had custom brackets welded,and built new substantial platforms on which I could mount the 200 pound pairs, total of 400 pounds. You really don’t want that stuff coming loose and bouncing around in bad weather. Oh, and one of the great things about AGM batteries? You can mount them in any orientation except upside down.
I found a contractor to replace the name graphics on the stern. While this little project was not an interior modification, it was necessary just due to wear and tear.
I’ve mentioned elsewhere the importance of a safe stable companionway entrance into the interior. Of all the hundreds of sailboats I’ve examined over my years of surveying, the First 42 is one of the few that meet my criteria for an easy to negotiate, safe companionway. Look at our entry; solid bulkheads on both sides; walk-down steps (no fireman’s ladder); solid, rugged handholds. It is almost impossible to get hurt entering our boat.