Fred's Sanibel 17

Last Updated: February 19, 2006

HIN: CVI0043AC585
CVI - Captiva Yachts, Inc., Oldsmar, Florida.
0043A - 43rd boat built.
C5 - Built March 1985.
85 - Model Year = 1985.

Fred has provided a picture of his "Sanibel" at Puddingstone Lake, San Dimas, Ca.

Fred Gilbert, Pomona, California. Mail to:

Link to Fred's Mast/Boom Crutches & Mast Raising System.

Fred's newest modifications:

I discovered a long time ago most people would gravitate to the hatch way when I was sailing so I made up a small sit upon for more comfort on the posterior. Out on the ocean it makes for a very stable seat to sit on and there is no need to keep switching from side to side when tacking is being done.

The Coast Guard likes the tank to be tied down/contained and a bungee or a strap have their limitations. The tank is a 3 gallon size. On one of the newer models with the raised floor, I am assuming that is what was done for legroom on the quarter berth, a three gallon might be too large but a one gallon would work.

I have added wood trim to the porta potti and a flat surface covering the original openning for the quarter berth to give me a place for my cooler. It can be locked down with a bungee, is out of the way, and is very easy to reach from the cockpit. Another mistake I have corrected is mounting the permanent battery charger, a Schumacher automatic model, on the side of the quarter berth and not on the battery housing cover. The original cabin lamp was moved to the hatch opening frame, big improvement. One is allowed to turn the light on without climbing down into the cabin. Next I finally dicovered a use for the sink, at least the openning for the sink. A wooden frame for the openning with circular cutout fits a bucket, also required by Coasties for bailing out a sinking boat but where does one store it. Now I have a waste basket that is easy to reach and isn't flopping and rolling around.

Electrical Installation

Fred has too much time on his hands. His updated electrical system.
Look how neat it is.

Fred's "privacy" screen for porti-potti/changing area.

Due to the narrowness of the center cabin floor and the height of the port cushion, bi-fold doors or a sliding door work out best. I made louvered doors because I am thrifty ( tight ) and I wanted to see if I could do it. A front could be added but it really isn't needed. Cutting the entire walls of the bunk/bin area isn't needed but it would give more room (Area where porti-potti is located). As far as strength goes this was done a few years ago and I sail offshore in the Pacific exclusively with no problems.

Fred's detachable trailer lights.