REFIT: Kanter 54

Vessel: Kanter 54

Name: Orion’s Light
Owner: Jim & Mia S.
Hailing Port: Chicago

After having this boat built and spending several years aboard, the owners asked Great Island to do a major refit, resolving issues and further customizing the vessel to meet their personal specifications. The goal was prepare the boat for a new routine, sailing her south each winter, but a significant part of the refit also included a highly involved refinishing process to restore and preserve the boat’s aluminum decks and house.

Work Scope:

  • Refinish aluminum decks, house & bottom – media blast, prime, protect
  • Awlgrip paint deck, house & non-skid
  • Remove, replace & isolate all hatches and hardware – separating dissimilar metals w/ Delrin pads to prevent corrosion
  • Modify rigid dodger – fabricate rain shield to redirect runoff away from cockpit companionway
  • Polish hull – restore original aluminum luster
  • Wire boom for cockpit lighting
  • Fabricate teak grate for base of ice box
  • Spec & splice all new running rigging
  • Repair bent foils on furler
  • Replace gooseneck, boom track, and mandrel mast track
  • Service windlass
  • Inspect steering system
  • Replace teak decking in cockpit
  • Replace & replumb cockpit drains
  • Build an adjustable dinette table
  • Fabricate entertainment center & nav station bookshelf
  • Replace fixed windows
  • Spec & wire a bank of Firefly microcell carbon foam batteries
  • Install USB ports
  • Upgrade stereo components & add speaker zones
  • Spec & install hardtop solar array
  • Add Sound Down around engine compartment & cockpit hatch 
  • Interior carpentry – customize built-ins, shelves, drawers & step-ups to owner specifications
  • Fabricate cherry fiddles for galley counter
  • Repair veneers around portlights
  • Varnish interior
  • Rebuild saltwater washdown pump
  • Service seacocks
  • Service engine, Aqua Drive & running gear
  • Service heating system
  • Replace two heads & holding tank sensors
  • Rebuild macerator pumps
  • New cockpit & interior cushions
  • Replace Tender

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