Sunbeam Refit Update – Captain Loses a Shower, Steward Gains a Freezer

BELFAST, ME — Thank you, Captain Michael Johnson for keeping us up-to-speed, through words and photos, of progress on the Sunbeam refit.

The shower on the Sunbeam upper level, used only by me, is being removed. Two showers on a smallish boat are not necessary. This area will be repurposed into a closet with an upright freezer so Jillian, the Sunbeam Steward, will not have to leave the main deck for anything other than sleep. The blue tape shows the general outline of the freezer. This new configuration will also improve traffic flow in the forward hallway.

This area behind the pilot house is the re-vamped ventilation inlet for the lower cabins. This will allow better airflow to the lower deck areas with increased crew comfort in summer. The installed fan will be variable speed and reversible. Combined with open portholes we can quickly cool the cabins on hot days.

Removed 50 kw and 30 kw generators. These are being replaced more smaller, more fuel efficient and quieter units.

Learn more about the Sunbeam V, crew, and their work among Maine unbridged islands.