Major modifications like these are of course a personal choice and others might not agree with what I have done. We have lost some lockers, but there is still tons of storage and the new layout is much more comfortable for us and any guests, since we now have two large modern bathrooms with showers.
The aft cabin and bathroom alterations have been completed, including the full size bath. The galley is complete including converting the ice box into a very efficient freezer. The Stbd bathroom has been enlarged and now has a shower. The old saloon table was removed and a new one built in the center, allowing people to reach the table from both sided.
I rebuilt the helm, replacing the destroyer style wheel with a traditional teak and brass wheel, which I think is more in keeping with the rig. I built an instrument pod above the table, to accommodate my new chart plotter/radar, multipurpose depth/wind/speed instrument, the autopilot and all the switches. I also relocated the ludicrously positioned engine gages, which were down the side of the cockpit at foot level and difficult to read. You can see the new location on the photograph.
Another addition has been a powerful sea water deck wash and hose, capable of washing all the ground dirt of the anchors and chain as they come up over the bow roller. Washing the chain, before it goes into the locker, prevents smell in the bedroom. This can also be used to wash the complete deck.
I also got fed up with the two heavy solid teak washboards which we had to slide in and out of the companionway, with no place to store them in the cockpit. I spliced the two washboards together, then sawed them in half to make two doors. These now open inwards and have inset ornamental leaded lights of Florida lighthouses.
When I get a minute I’m planning to completely remove the chart table and put a secretary's desk (bureau) in the corner. This will mean repositioning the main breaker board as well, but it will be much better use of the chart table area, which takes up over one third of the port side seating and it will make the saloon seem much bigger