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This page was submitted by Brent Hansen
and Sue Fritzke aboard "Dream Quest"

This is a line drawing of the modifications done to our Cheoy Lee Clipper 36.  The drawing was done to scale, and errors found in the original prints were corrected as they where found.  In the old layout when the starboard berth was pulled out and in use we had limited access to the head or V-berth, and the small galley with counter-space at the base of the cockpit opening motivated us to make these changes.  Floor space was increased by about four square feet, which makes it makes it easier to walk through the boat even when others are sleeping.

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Port modifications

The port side berth wasn’t very useful. We did not have a table to sit and eat at – the table may have been removed before we bought the boat. We changed this berth to a settee that converts to a small double berth with storage under the seats. Storage space under the forward seat is used for a four-gallon hot water heater tank for the shower and sinks.  The head was also changed - the old sink and counter were removed and replaced with an off-the-shelf “Home Depot” type that was cut to fit. It is held down with trim boards which can be removed to allow access below to the Electra-San waste treatment system, hoses, and seacocks.  Port side aft the old galley sink and stove area were converted to a pilot berth with storage underneath.  Our guess is that we increased our bulk storage space by five times.  Down under the floor aft, a tank that used to hold stove oil now holds sink and shower water so we don’t fill the bilge with gray water. Aft of that, we have a chain locker for extra anchor chain which holds 300 feet of 3/8” chain. Access to the engine was improved by this change also, by opening up two large areas to the engine compartment.  The lower ladder is easily removed to gain access to the front part of the engine to check belts, turn on the seacock to the raw water pump, and check oil level. The upper ladder makes it easier to exit the cabin, and all of this can be removed to gain total access to engine area.       


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Starboard modifications

The old “wet locker” furthest aft in the cabin is now home to the frig compressor.  The compressor was better ventilated to increase performance and sound deadens the unit.  Above that, we installed a new electric panel and inverter – they’re close to the batteries and the original wiring for the mast lights and cabin, etc., which were long enough to be rerouted to the new location.   The frig is now more useable with the separation of the frig and freezer - it’s still top loading and a drawer would give more counter space – a modification we’re thinking about now.  The improvement also let us better insulate and separate the frig and freezer. The entire starboard berth was removed, and a 9” deep double sink was placed thwart of the boat.  It takes up less space and we still get the use of both sinks.  Storage under the sink gives us a place for pots and pans; and we sound-deadened the fresh water pump that is located below. Further forward, the stove has a bar in front to grab onto and connect the cook in a seaway.  Next over is a new navigation area, which is big enough to be useful, is out of the way of people going topside, and is protected from in-coming water.  The locker next to it is now used to store charts

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Exterior modifications

The steering system was replaced.  The pedestal was moved aft to allow for an emergency tiller backup with an extension from the rudder post through the cockpit floor. The steering was upgraded to rack-and-pinion which gives us finger touch control most of the time.  By moving the pedestal back, there is a place to sit while at the helm, and the cockpit area is opened up to allow guests to sit around our new cockpit table.  The old propane locker is now used to hold four six volt batteries - that’s 400 amp hours @ 12volts.  Some may argue that the weight needs to be down low but drowned batteries down low under water will do you no good at all.

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We also re-did the teak deck in the cockpit, using an adhesive mastic from Simpson to adhere new 2” by 7/16” strips to the underlying fiberglass.  No screws equals no leaks – and the forward deck will be re-done this year.  All of the teak trim, boards, etc. were re-used to make new trim pieces.  The goal was to improve the boat and preserve her looks by blending the interior remodeling with existing woodwork.  We hope this helps others with their thoughts to improve your own boats in the future.  Brent and Sue of Dream Quest, 1969 Cheoy Lee 36-foot Clipper #2178.


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