Robin Hood’s SPA-Venture in Florida

Sailing her final sail of the season, across the Gulf Stream from the Bahamas to Stuart, Florida

As detailed in this previous post, Robin Hood needs some R&R and a good check-up before we resume living aboard and sailing. After being hit in the Bahamas this winter, we needed several major repairs checked out, and decided to use the opportunity to do some other projects as well. When it comes to Robin Hood, who has been maintained for her entire life either personally by the designer/builder Ted Hood or by Hinckley Yachts, we knew it would behoove us to continue with Hinckley or a similar outfit, such as Rybovich. We don’t want to take any chances when it comes to this boat! Since the damage caused by the impact was going to take 2-3 months to fix, we had no choice but to leave her at Hinckley for the entire summer, since it would be too late into hurricane season to move her North once everything was complete. Our insurance company also stipulated that she must be blocked on shore until the end of hurricane season at the start of November. On the bright side, being forced into this decision did reduce the stress on us of bringing her North and then South again with a newborn. We will return November 1st with a beautiful boat ready to go on her next adventure.

For those interested in massive sailboat punch lists, read on!


  • Pull the mast
  • Take boat out of the water
  • Move electronics to mast from aft railing
  • Check all lights and wiring on the mast
  • Install new wind anemometer
  • Check all rigging
  • Install new furler
  • Remove spi pole and system from the mast
  • Rebuild backstay ram
  • Install horn on the mast with at-helm horn button
  • Move wifi antenna to mast



  • Paint boat- every part
  • Paint mast and boom spreaders
  • Paint boom
  • Varnish Sole
  • Paint bottom and replace zincs if needed


  • Add a removable bench to the aft rail for extra seating
  • Another bench in front of the forestay
  • Removable bench over forward dorades (we love the dorades but they take up all the lounging space on the deck!)
  • Repair galley fridge latch and beer fridge latch
  • Fix decking under chain plates
  • Sand decks; check bungs and caulking
  • Check all portholes and that gaskets are properly installed
  • Inspect water damage from improperly-installed companionway porthole and replace with new wood


  • Install new VHF with at-helm controls
  • Recalibrate depth to actual on both depth finders
  • Install new Sat Stereo


  • Check plumbing in aft lazarette
  • Connect new sender on engine for starting alarms
  • Bow thruster needs to work
  • Secure two batteries under port bunk
  • Install wiring and switching for electric furler
  • Check steering and auto-pilot hydraulic arm
  • Discuss engine oil-leak options
  • Check coolant overflow, not draining
  • Fix forward shower so bilge works
  • Check that refrigeration is drawing from both house banks
  • Check all through hulls
  • Upgrade engine room blower ducting
  • Ensure valve under nav station working to switch between holding tank and overboard


  • Check all fire extinguishers
  • Check life raft service date and re-secure it
  • Fill the one empty propane tank
  • Replace stern light with LED
  • Wash bimini and dodger
  • New Curtains (!!!YAY!!!)
  • New salt water wash down handle
  • New kitchen faucet
  • Boat speed not working- clean paddle wheel
  • New shower handles and curtains forward and aft
  • inspect windlass, chain and anchor
  • Canvas over companionway wash boards
  • Price to replace forward AC
  • Price water-maker options
  • Look into screen options to cover portholes
  • New Lee cloth options
  • Aft head options for fresh-water flush
  • All LED lights inside


This is obviously a detailed and extensive list, and I’m sure it will be further modified and added to as the summer progresses. We will probably make at least one trip down to check on her progress between now and November 1. In the meantime, we are enjoying New England aboard our Hunt power boat “Cannonball” and excitedly planning next winter’s adventure. Stayed tuned for details, but it will involve many islands and lots of sailing!! No more 24/7 marina life for Robin Hood!


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