We bought Finis Terre (then Anja) in 1992. She started with a "round the world-trip in 1965-67 (British owner)- then from 1972 stationed in Denmark with almost yearly trips to Faroe and Shetland Islands. From 1992 we baptised her Finis Terre (III) due to my years close to Capo Finisterra/Santiago de Compostela in Galicia/Spain. From that year we have done mostly Baltic cruises, Denmark, Germany, Sweden, Poland, Lituania, Estonia and so on.
Also we installed a 220 W electricity-box in the anchorbox. The old practice with a 20 meter electric-cable on the deck, one could easily stumble on. Now the 220W output is placed central in the saloon.
DiESELTANK ( 60 l) was originally placed in the middle of the SB cockpitlog. It was moved closer to the side, more accessible filler cap mounted in the deck under the Winch-wings.. It gave a lot of new space in the port log to 3-4 ten-liter jerrycans, downturns hatches during dry navigation, extra motor gear a m.
MOTO R gearshift / forward / reverse lever was moved further into the port logger. The gear Handle tended to fish the main sheet in heavy weather. The gear mechanism got a protective box inside the logger so div. tackle in gear inside the log wouldt’nt fish the gear transmission. At the same time we got two extra Bilge ball valves mounted so the self-bailing cockpit now have four drainage possibilities instead of two.
The old Sheet-WINCHES (original seabronze) was replaced with self-tailing LEWMAR-steel, manufactured at the shipyard in Gdansk. They originally stood on a cast Winch-bulb which gave a slightly skewed ergonomic position when in use. On the new, wider “winch-bridge” it is more ergonimic to use.
Th e original cockpit frame in plywood was replaced with solid teakwood. The coaming was increased some 3 centimeters and fitted with an inclined winch -FLYBRIDGE. It gave better posture while using the new self-tailing winches and simultaneously a good spot to place ones buttocks when you wanted a little "higher up" as a mate. Something that was impossible before, if you do not had fakir trends and found it amusing to ride on a 2 cm narrow coaming.
New Massive TEAK-SEATS in COCKPIT. Originaly was all seats cast in fiberglass, with massive teak lids on the cockpit logger. Finis Terre had in SZCZECIN made new teak-seats. The narrow entrance steps was doubled in width, so you can now lay across in lively weather, and it also a "owerlean" for the new engine instrument box and compass below the entrance step. Simultaneously, the SB and port cockpit seats were extended by two triangular seats so that also here now is a full "lay down length”. Not bad on long distances.
New Spray Hood was fitted in 2014, with bigger, major acrylic "windows" forward and two xtras in both sides. Practical for harbor navigation and heavy rain.
Instead Finis Terre have no less than 3 SESTREL Royal Navy compasses WHO all survived up to date.
The AP is replaced with a Furuno GPS, which also give the old magnetic Sestrel compass a hand.
The Walker log is now a VDO Sumlog –
and especially "OTTO", our indispensable "third crewmember," an AUTOHELM 4000 autopilot.
The old Feet / Fathoms is now replaced by a simple EAGLE ID 128 as we have been entertained by, on the Polish and Baltic rivers.
The TILLER, well I made an extra long one. Particularly good in ports of call, where I before had to stand bent over to reach the top of the tiller. Now you can stand upright and relaxed and if necessary reach motor gashandle with your foot, it offers a relaxed attitude to Neutral gear at idle thrust.
Thor Heyerdahl knew NICHOLSON 32 as a good "Atlantic-cruiser" and he gave me after the interview a small silver model of "Kon Tiki's" face. - It should "sit on rorpinne and steer us safely through the storm and fog," he vowed.
The small silver-face since rumbled forward on tiller wood, together with the Danish and Galician flag.
T he original teak door in 'one piece with a "flap" I cut in THREE ( Bottom Gate, middle door and the topdoor with an RUKO lock) so there is now a more "weather-adaptable" decline closure. The Vinyl-top has the same size as the two massive (down and middle gates) and are very often used in rainy weather or simply a sharp burst.