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Our Home Sweet (Day) Home

We originally drafted this post during Sweet Day's earlier "every day something was wrong" days. We needed something to pump us up and remind ourselves how much work we (and talented friends along the way) had done even though we were finding there was a lot left to do. We forgot to publish it, but we're pretty proud of all the work we've done, so decided to share. While we've been able to show off Sweet Day to many friends and family we've seen along the journey, we also admittedly wanted to show her off to those that haven't been on board yet.

(The items we use daily to really make Sweet Day home are here).

perfect great loop boat Camano 31 trawler on the water


  1. New rugs

  2. Reupholstered the cushions

  3. Took down drapes and put up easy lift blinds

  4. Installed octopus hook coat rack

  5. Took off old window tint and put up reflective removable screens to keep it cooler

  6. Hung up pictures of Tim's grandfather, Pops, and Kate's grandmother, Nan, on their nautical adventures

  7. Installed a new FM/AM Bluetooth radio

  8. Added hooks everywhere

  9. Reorganized manuals and bought bin to store them in

Before and After

Lower Helm (where we sometimes drive the boat)

  1. Installed AIS (can track where we are)

  2. Installed new chart plotter/radar (Garmin 942x)

  3. Installed wifi router (Pepwave)

  4. Installed windlass switch (Lewmar)

  5. Added new gaskets in steering wheel to fix hydraulic fluid leak (upper and lower helm)

  6. Replaced VHF radio with a Standard Horizon Wired Remote Access Microphone Ram4

helm of perfect great loop boat camano 31

The Galley (Kitchen)

  1. Hung fruit hammocks

  2. Hung paper towel holder

  3. Installed magnetized spice rack

  4. Added a motion detector closet light + shelves (not pictured)

  5. Fixed leak under sink (a few times)

  6. Hung shelf for plates

  7. Stocked it with kitchen supplies (thanks Mom for the Sweet Day towels)

Before and After


  1. Removed floor strips and replaced with bath mat

  2. Added storage bins in bathroom drawer

  3. New towel holder

  4. New towel hook

Before and After

V-Berth (bedroom)

  1. Reupholstered cushions

  2. Replaced bow thruster solenoid and relay, and add new breaker (bow thruster is under the cushions)

  3. Added (homemade) window curtains

  4. Added a new breaker for windlass

  5. Cleaned chain locker (we keep our anchor chain/ behind the white door)

Before and After

Fly-Bridge and Upper Helm (where we spend most of our time)

  1. Removed storage crate and installed/mounted pontoon seating

  2. Added lights

  3. Installed a Garmin 742x chart plotter

  4. Bought table and installed bungee hook

  5. Wired a new horn

  6. Added New Garmin Radar

  7. Installed LED anchor lights

  8. Installed Standard Horizon Gx1800 Fixed Mount VHF radio

Before and After


  1. New windlass + pedal switches

  2. New boat hook holder

  3. New anchor + rode (75 foot chain, 225 rope)

  4. New flag pole

great loop trawler on cheaspeake bay camano 31

Engine Room

  1. Replaced house and starter batteries

  2. Grounded our house battery bank

  3. Replaced alternator

  4. Changed oil and and fuel filters (a few times)

  5. Polished fuel

  6. Cleaned out fuel air vents

  7. Installed new bilge pump

  8. Cleaned and repaired injectors

  9. Repaired fuel injector pump

  10. Replaced mechanical lift pump

  11. Replaced coolant hoses

  12. Performed 1,000 hour service

volvo tamd31pa engine on camano 31 trawler


  1. New dinghy (9.5 foot AB Lamina Inflatable) + motor

  2. Installed Olsson Davits to mount the dinghy

  3. New drain pipes to drain water from flybridge

  4. New LED deck lights

  5. Installed new propane regulator + solenoid + propane tank

  6. Overhauled steering ram (hydraulic fluid was leaking making it hard to steer)

  7. Cleaned out back bilge (a few times)

  8. Installed new bilge pump

  9. Cleaned and refurbished generator

While the boat projects never end, each one makes Sweet Day feel even more like home!

couple on perfect great loop boat camano 31 trawler

1 Comment

Scho and Jo
Scho and Jo
Oct 03, 2021

Great job guys! You both did a ton of work and Sweet Day looks incredible for all of it.

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