The time finally came in our lives when we could cruise more frequently and for longer periods than we had in the past, and now we had a choice to make. Our 1979 Cal 39, Red Skye, which we'd owned for 14 years, is a great sailing boat, but she was dated down below and lacked many of the features that new boats have, such as a roller-furling main or a second cabin, things that make sailing and living aboard more comfortable or easier. So we went to the boat show in Newport, Rhode Island, to shop for a new boat. But after boarding many models, we came to feel that our Cal was stronger and had better lines than many of the boats we saw. So we chose to refit rather than replace. We'd actually already started. Over the previous years, we'd done work on the engine, replaced the through-hulls, soda-blasted and barrier-coated the bottom, and installed a new rudder and shaft and a new stuffing box and strut bearing. We'd also added a holding tank, refrigeration, a Balmar high-output alternator with a smart voltage regulator, and upgraded electronics. Now we needed to make her more comfortable.