Destiny has received several modifications from the standard factory specification since she was built, namely:
Galley – addition of a large shelf above the fridge and sink to increase available work surface. – placement of a ‘crash’ bar in front of the cooker for safety.
Cabin and heads – fixed side of table converted into a drop leaf, – Webasto heater fitted with piped warm air to all areas. – Dorade fitted in place of fixed ventilation in cabin top. – Extra shelf and handhold above navigators table for safety and tablet / laptop. – Extra cupboard below cabin table. – small hatches placed in aft cabin and heads to improve ventilation
In preparation for the forthcoming trip, digital Raymarine radar has been installed, together with an E7 plotter at the wheel. (Promarine, Plymouth. 01752 669401) The original C70 plotter is now situated at the chart table as a back up.
Externally a new canister Seago 6 person liferaft has been set at the stern, attached to the pulpit but with the weight taken by the step in the sugar scoop. (Force 4 Cardiff)
All standing rigging has been replaced to comply with the 10 year insurance recommendations, and an emergency inner forestay fitted (Allspars, Plymouth. 01752 266766).
A pasarelle has been constructed using an aluminium motorbike ramp (The Ramp People, Godalming 01483 801120), handrails (Force 4) and attached to the stern with a stainless steel pivot (Stainless Marine Fabrications, Fareham. 01329 841114), who also fabricated the dorade guard.
In preparation for stowing the inflatable on the foredeck, an UV resistant cover has been made to fit the dinghy (Seaswan Commercial, Llanelli. 01554 834884).
And a bimini fitted ready for the sun! (C&J Marine, Chichester. 01243 785485) They have supplied all the canvas work on board from original commission to present day. At the end of the season it was noticed that a small area of canvas was rubbing against the fixed S.S. wire of the adjustable aft mast stay. C&J had the bimini back and fitted a leather reinforcement to counter the wear area and also added one to protect the surface that approximates the adjustable rope area of the stay. Would highly recommend them!
Lately, an AIS transponder / receiver has been installed to replace the previous NASA AIS radar (receive only). After much research we chose the Digital Yacht AIT5000 with integral aerial splitter,( www.digitalyacht.co.uk). At the same time took the opportunity to replace the existing masthead VHF aerial with a new Metz Manta one (saltyjohn.com).