The concluding edition of our five-part series about the complete overhaul of a classic-plastic Pearson 36 homes in on charging systems and electronics.
Over the course of a long winter and spring in 2015 and 2016, I undertook a totalrefit ofmy Pearson 36, Snoek, so named after a saltwater fish indigenous to the waters off South Africa, where I was raised (see “The Snoek Chronicles” in the Hands-on Sailor 2017 issue; “Plumb Crazy,” April 2017; “Deck, Mate,” July 2017; and “Sails Away,” August/september 2017). The first article was an overview of the project, and subsequent stories detailed the work on specific parts of the boat. In this, the concluding chapter of the series, we’ll delve into electricity and electronics. On the day of my very first test sail, the navigation station was bare-bones, with only a VHF radio and a stereo for instrumentation (above). I decided to go with
all Raymarine products, and once I collected all the gear, I was able to measure everything and do all the cutouts on a piece of plywood that would be the centerpiece of the new nav area (above right). The finished nav station features a Raymarine chart
plotter and VHF radio (with a remote microphone topside on the steering pedestal), the autopilot and a multifunction display showing speed, wind strength and direction, and so on (right). It’s a pretty simple, straightforward setup but much better than
what was there originally.