The Big Refit

During 2003-2005, the OE36 was shipped to Lidköping, a town on the southeast end of the lake Vänern. There she was hauled out of the water and put in the hands of the craftsmen at the Lidköping Boat Carpentry (Lidköpings Båtsnickeri).

This page details most of the work carried out during that period. All pictures are courtesy of Inger Andersson and Janos Hajdu who has been kind to share photos as well as details of the refit.

The yard

The yard at Lidköpings Båtsnickeri has a long history of building boat interiors for makers such as Hallberg Rassy and Najad. The yard has also been the building site for entire boats such as the Arcona 38, Omega 42 and Swedestar 370. Today they take on refits on varying scale – everything from glasfiber repairs to complete teak deck replacements.


In 2003, before the refit began, the boat still had its original teak deck in place, laid in 1971, having seen 30+ years it was very worn down. Individual boards had cracked, and many of the bungs had popped out, and it was leaking like a sieve.

The interior of the boat was in a similar state, with most of the woodwork still in its original state.


During the teardown, the entire exterior was stripped down, essentially to the bare gel coat. The teak deck was removed in its entirety and all deck hardware as well. On the inside, the electric system was ripped out and all worn down, and faded wood panels were removed.

The old fuel tank was removed as well as all navigational and weather instruments and sensors. The hull below the waterline was stripped from old antifouling and was sanded down to the gel coat.

The mast was stripped of all standing and running rigging and was stripped of all hardware before being sanded to the bare aluminum.


At this point, everything which was removed was now ready to be replaced or refurbished and put back in place. Most encompassing was the task of laying the new teak deck, something which the yard are truly professionals at. A lot of the interior was rebuilt and refurbished and a range of new equipment was installed, from the toilet to the navigational instruments.

Complete list of works

  • Wood panels replaced
  • Bulkheads sanded, faired and varnished
  • Internal flooring removed, hull, bilge and stringers painted in white
  • New 18 mm teak plywood veneer cabin sole fitted
  • Cabin ceiling removed and new ceiling panels fitted with white vinyl cabin liner
  • New cushions fitted
  • V-berth completely stripped and rebuilt, hull clad in wood panel strips, storage cabinets manufactured
  • Folding backrests manufactured for main cabin
  • Galley cabinets sanded, faired and varnished
  • New SMEV, two-burner stove installed
  • Navigation station refurbished
  • Electric system stripped and completely rewired
  • New circuit breaker panel installed
  • 3 stainless steel fresh water tanks installed, totaling 210 liters, all fresh water hoses replaced
  • 90 liter stainless steel fuel tank installed
  • New full-size Jabsco manual flushing toilet installed
  • Raymarine ST60 Tri-data and wind instruments installed
  • Raymarine ST6000+, linear drive autopilot installed,
  • Raymarine VHF fitted
  • New teak deck, 12 mm planks, glued with Bostik deck caulk, screwed in place
  • Bow roller with twin rollers and boarding step manufactured
  • Mast and boom faired and painted in glossy white, cleats, winches and sheaves replaced
  • Masthead instrumentation stack manufactured
  • Navigation-, anchor-, deck and masthead lighting upgraded with LED technology
  • New double primary and secondary sheet winches installed in cockpit (2X Andersen, 2X Lewmar)
  • Standing rigging replaced, additional inner forestay installed
  • Steering column replaced and moved aft in the cockpit
  • Main sheet system replaced with dual sheets mounted in an upside-down-V configuration
  • Lewmar jib/genoa sheet traveller system installed on side decks
  • 8 new oversize chrome, steel cleats (Coney) mounted
  • New manual windlass installed
  • Dual dorade vents mounted on coachroof
  • New cabin hatches manufactured

Post refit

These pictures were taken directly after or the next few years after the refit.