Old Volvo MD-11C
Old nav station
New 3-cylinder, freshwater
cooled Volvo MD-2030
installed in 2001
Early on we started having intermittent problems
with our venerable 2 cylinder sea-water cooled
Volvo. With no glow plugs it was getting cranky to
start. It looked great from above but was slowly
rusting underneath. Eventually it sprang an oil leak
and needed to be pulled.  Based on advice from
those that had disasters with their rebuilt engines and
the price trade off  the decision was made not to
rebuild and buy new. The new engine now gives us
confidence that it will start when needed. Thanks
Lesson learned:
Just because it looks new doesn't mean it runs like

The old port frames were stained by chemical
etching through the anodize. They were also heavly
scratched and hard to see thru. Two of the four
forward ports didn't open and the other two had
plastic frames.
The four forward ports were replaced with stainless
opening ports. The four aft portlights were replaced
with new custom made aluminum fixed portlights
with tinted 1/4" plexiglass.
Old tired ports. Some
weren't opening type.
New SS opening ports from
New Found Metals
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Navigation Station

The old navagation station area was an open shelf  
with loosely held nav equipment. Knowing this
would be an important area for us we reorganized it
and installed the following equipment:

Icom M710 Single Sideband Radio with a Pactor
PTC-IIpro radio modem, JVC stereo, Icom M502
VHF radio, voice speaker, Solor Pro solar regulator
and a Link 10 volt/amp meter.
New nav station