To enable the restoration of the vessel’s hull and timber, all the existing machinery and associated items were removed for evaluation.
Apart from the Gardner main engine and the bronze hull and deck fittings, the steering wheel, steering mechanism and the compass, all other machinery items were deemed to be past their use by date and were scrapped. The main engine was fully reconditioned and upgraded to GLXB specifications, fitted with a new Dong gear box, and reinstalled in conjunction with all the associated plumbing, fuel storage, freshwater storage, toilet, sanitary systems, and electrical systems, including a new GKVA generator.
Above deck, the original windlass, now housed at the Bass Strait Maritime Centre, was replaced by a new hydraulic winch. The hydraulic steering system was completely rebuilt and reinstalled.
A new propeller shaft was fitted along with a dripless seal.
A new bilge pump and alarm system were fitted to service the four compartments, and an automatic fire suppression system was installed in the engine room. The galley was fitted out in accordance with AMSA regulations as were the two toilets.
Navigation, electronics, and aids were installed or reinstalled, including the original compass, new radar, navigation plotter, AIG, VHF radio(s), autopilot, and emergency items as required for the survey.