Thursday, January 22, 2015

Voodoo Child's 41LN23 Two Year Refit

Tom Fish writes on 25 December 2014

Things are going well here. I'm winding down a 2+ year renovation of Voodoo Child. I hope to get her back in the water in a month or so.  I probably forgot a few items. It's been a long project but she ought to be good for another 30 years of adventure. I've learned a lot about the LN41 along the way having dissected it from top to bottom. Would love to share thoughts with others on the forum. The refit included the following brand new items:

-Engine / transmission / prop shaft / flex couple / PSS shaft seal / cutlass
-Max-Prop variable pitch prop
-Steering cable / chain
-Custom water-lift chamber
-Coast Guard style commercial fitted fuel lines
-Over-size drop in Racors, fuel prime pump
-Remote oil filter with hand pump out
-Epoxy barrier coat
-Deck hatch plexiglass panels
-Port hole rebedding
-Mainsail, genoa
-Standing rigging
-Running rigging
-Mast and boom re-paint
-Bimini and dodger frames and canvas
-Fiberglass reinforcement of bulkhead tabbing
-All thru-hulls
-Dynaplate for SSB
-7600 gph bilge pump setup with up to 2" bronze thru-hulls
-High bilge water alarms in cabin and cockpit
-Re-pack life raft, new EPIRB, satellite phone, ditch bag
-AB RIB inflatable with aluminum bottom, motor
-Painted bilges, engine compartment and anchor locker
-LED lighting in bilges, engine compartment and anchor locker
-Engine compartment sound-proofing material
-Marine head
-Purasan EX type 1 marine sanitation device and new holding tank
-All Y-valves, vented loops
-Gulper holding tank pump out
-Fresh or sea water toilet flush capability
-All plumbing lines (fresh and waste water, cockpit and lazarette drains)
-Common sump for anchor locker drainage, air conditioner condensate and shower (dry bilge)
-Replacing 120v watermaker with 12v Spectra Newport 400 gallon per day
-All plumbing fixtures / faucets
-Stainless steel water heater
-Retractable LED TV
-Bose sound in cabin, Polk Audio Marine sound in cockpit
-AIS class B transceiver
-715ah AGM battery bank with dual smart-chargers
-Digital radome
-Raymarine multi-function screen chart plotter
-Sirius satellite music and worldwide Doppler weather
-Navpod and heavy duty stainless binnacle
-Propane tanks, lines, regulator
-Fridge rebuild with Icynene hi efficiency spray foam insulation, shelving, LED lighting
-Galley countertop
-High efficiency fans
-All painted areas and ceiling sprayed with mildew resistant "antique white" epoxy color coat
-Fuel, water, waste tank monitors
-All light fixtures replaced with dimmable LED (same style as original but titanium nitride "non-tarnish brass")
-Total rewire (low voltage, high voltage, bonding system, electrical panels)
-Installed Mastervolt isolation transformer
-Replaced bow thruster relays and wired and wireless remote controls
-Anchor chain, chain counter, wired and wireless remote controls and relays for windlass
-Improved connections and latching of steps for easier engine access
-Built hatch for easier access to rear engine compartment
-overhaul and re-paint of Westerbeke 7.6kw generator
-Sliding shelf for generator
-Stainless steel insulated sound enclosure for generator


  1. Tom,
    I just finished an almost identical refit in Spain, also taking two years. Would love to share findings and photos.
    Donald - 41LN14

    1. Hi Donald,
      Congratulations on such a beautiful restoration of Embla. The exterior is gorgeous. I'm curious, does the polished bronze have a protective coating on it? I polished some of my bronze once and within a week or two it was brown again.
      All of my restoration so far has been mechanical but will soon be doing cosmetic starting with teak decking and painting the gelcoat.
      I would love to hear updates of your Atlantic crossing. Are you in the Canary Islands yet?