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


Kim Sorensen

Really appreciate the quality of Kanter yachts and your improvements are only going to make her that much better. I’d sure appreciate knowing if you have plans to sell her, and if you are.. I’d be grateful to hear from you. Thank you for your time. Sincerely, Kimbo Sorensen

Kristin Peterson

Thank you for your interest. We will share your inquiry with the boat owners. Don’t think there are any plans to sell, but we will pass it along.


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