Santana 2023C
More Modifications on our

1996 Santana 2023 C Sailboat
Paul and Robin Germain

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New table in Santana 2023C cabin.
Purchased at West Marine.

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New table quick release base that connects to the floor mount pictured on the right.

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Table floor mount.
This is a much better table connection, which is part of the quick release table base. The original "pipe hole" in the deck is made out of thin fiberglass, which is a major leak waiting to happen if it gets cracked when putting the original table post in it. The original table support hole that is pictured above the new floor mount looks and feels like metal, but I noticed that light shines through it.

Table in cockpit.

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Teak accessories are on both sides of entrance.

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Closeup of teak drink/binocular holder at side of entrance. Also added teak coat/towel hook on each side.

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Curtain tracks on our Santana 2023 C.
I ordered these from an RV supply. They are very thin and light weight. I used the same track for the main cabin and head curtains which hang from the roof of the cabin.

Port Curtains and upholstered Backrest
The curtains and backrest are made out of light weight Sunbrella fabric.

Starboard Curtains and upholstered Backrest

Main Cabin Curtain
Determining the dimensions for the main curtain was quite difficult, but worth it for privacy when changing clothes and using the head. The curtain attaches to the port side with velcro. The track extends to the starboard side in order to allow the curtain to be completely out of the way when not in use. The fabric is a light weight Sunbrella.

Head Curtain

I took the teak door off. It was too awkward to get around. The curtain is made out of light weight Sunbrella fabric.

Interior before adding custom curtains.

Porthole Curtain Rolled Up
The trick to holding up the curtain is nothing more than attaching a couple of pieces of velcro.

Porthole Curtain Down

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Teak medicine chest and power converter.
These are located in the v-berth about a foot above the ballast tank drain toggle, which is below the berth. Two marine batteries are below this berth as well.

Depth Sounder/Fish Finder on port side
The arm swivels into cabin entrance for viewing from any position in the cockpit.

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Teak organizers in the galley.
There are also teak organizers on the port side of the interior with the storage area above the seats.

The blue cushion seats fold in half. They have an aluminum frame inside to keep them rigid at any angle. For each cushion, we attach a bungee cord on to the bottom life line and stretch it across the cushion to hold it in place. The cushion seat sits on top of the side of the boat. We place cushions on both sides of the boat to prevent us from having to move them everytime we tack.
We HIGHLY recommend them.
They make sailing and lounging very comfortable. They are available at West Marine.

Bosun's Mate

Teak Trash Can

Keel pin strap
A stainless steel strap has been attached over the pin to provide extra holding power.

Keel rocking reducer
I created this plate to reduce the rocking of the keel from side to side. It serves as a giant washer. It is made out of a very thin sheet of fiberglass that is used for commercial kitchen walls. It fits between the keel and the hull opening. It is approximately two feet long and eight inches tall.
The semi circle cutout simply rests on the keel pin. The length and height of the fiberglass section are such that the section stays in place when sailing.

Keel with rocker reducer showing
Click to enlarge. You can see part of the rectangular space reducer hanging down at a slight angle.

Rudder modification
To eliminate the play of the rudder between the metal brackets, I used the same fiberglass material that I used to eliminate the play in the keel. I epoxied these pieces to each side of the top of the rudder. They were made larger than the top of the rudder to enable me to create a channel for the rudder line to lay in. This channel prevents the line from slipping off and getting jammed between the rudder and the bracket when raising the rudder. It works perfectly.

Close up of channel
After I epoxied the larger pieces, I filed and sanded them to make the line channel deep enough to prevent the line from slipping off the rudder head.

Close up of channel
My rudder performs far better with this modification. The play has been eliminated and the lines have never jammed since.

Inspiration for naming our boat "Rushing Wind - Acts 2:2"

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Santana 2023 C Modifications
Santana 2023C