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The Original State
~ The Original State ~
The Navigation Station
(or 'Office')
Normally, Hans Christian 33Ts were built with an aft cabin on the portThe left side of a ship when facing forward. aft quarter of the boat, but ours was designed differently. I was told by a previous owner that the man who commissioned our boat wanted to entice his artist-wife to move onboard and cruise the seven seas. So he had a large table built into the forward half of what would have been that cabin, and the aft half is closed off with a short, louvered door. The electrical panel has also been relocated to this bulkhead.

Since Don and I are typically the only two living onboard, this works perfectly for us. Not only does the arrangement give us additional drawers where the nav station usually is, it gives us much more space for our electronics, manuals, and charts in the new location.

Re Metau's nav station has two wide, shallow drawers, and one closed cupboard with two shelves that takes up about two-thirds of the space underneath. We've put netting across the open space, and use is as a shoe storage bin. There is a nice padded stool that easily pops off the folding base, so we're able to leave that area open for access to the closed locker aft. Neptune's head (litter box) is tucked into the back corner as well. We've never had a spilling issue and he likes the privacy.

The short bulkhead between the nav station and saloon came with a teak letter holder and brass whale key hook. The letter holder has stayed put. The whale has changed to an octopus. There's also a teak catch-all that we've continued to use. In fact, the one bad thing about this large counter is that, like any flat surface at the entrance of a home, it has become a dumping ground for too much stuff.

Original Counter
~ Original Counter ~

The dividing wall along the companionway steps has bass hooks for our jackets, backpacks, bags – they're always loaded up and I'm often surprised the hooks haven't bent under the weight. We've also mounted our VHF radio along this wall. A couple of built in boxes enclose all the wires that run between the turtle in the cockpit and the corresponding equipment below decks. We've also added a cell charging station with USB plugs, and an LED light strips under the gunwale because the overhead dome sheds more shadow than light. Like the galley, there is an oval port on the side and a round port aft, as well as a doradeA cowl or fixed wind scoop found on the deck and designed to funnel air below. located overhead.

Blast from the Past
When we took possession of 'Vulcania' there were a lot of old electronics installed. We had a green-screen Apelco radar that worked, until we shipped the boat to Florida. The guy we hired to disconnect the mast marked each of the numerous radome wires with tape, writing the initial of the matching colors between the cut wires. I don't know why it never dawned on him that Blue, Black, and Brown would get confused by this method. Or that 'G' might mean Green, Gray or Ground. We hadn't received any manuals, and the company was out of business, so for awhile we had this retro piece of equipment decorating our station.
New Counter
~ New Counter ~

We had the same issue of obsolescence with the chartplotterA device that integrates GPS data with an electronic navigational chart and graphically displays the a ships position heading, and speed. that was mounted to the nav table. Very specialized SD cards were required for very specific and limited charting areas, and all we had received was one for Lake Erie of all places. Other charts for the old unit would have to be found from an individual who was upgrading their system and selling off pieces of the old, and even then, the data would be outdated.

So Don and I, knowing how rapidly technology changes, opted to sweep the slate clean and wait until a significant cruise was on the horizon before we invested in new navigation equipment. This of course meant that we honed our manual charting skills with every trip we made. For an entire decade, we navigated up and down Florida's west coast, and through the Keys using only charts, a compass, and a handheld GPS.

There was a time when Don felt a modern chartplotter would be an unnecessary expense in which we should not rely. But once his fingers tapped a months long course through the Bahamas within minutes on our new touchscreen plotter, those feelings dissipated.

Check out our Boat Projects to learn more about our upgrades!
  • Replace Counter Tops
  • Updated Electronics
  • Mounted 12V USB Plugs
  • Wired LED Directional Light Strips
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