1971 Mariner 31 Hull#109
Owner: Joshua Mitchell - Cambridge,MD - U.S.A
Previous Names: "Mystique"
My name is Joshua Mitchell. I am the owner of Isabella, an M31 (Hull #109). For the last seven years I have been slowly performing a major upgrade on Isabella.
Most notably, I believe that Isabella will be the first Mariner to be converted to an electric-drive propulsion system (see attached picture). She will also have a proto-type diesel 48B generator on board.
My conclusion over the years has been that the M31 is one of the finest little sailboats around, and that we should all begin to think about propulsion refits that will suit our little beauties well into the 21st century.
To see updates on propulsion systems for Isabella click Here
The big changes I have made include:
1. Building a custom diesel cooktop burner out of an old Force 10 heater;
2. Building in a propane infrared heater. Most of the energy comes out in the form of infrared waves rather than in the form of hot air that goes up the flue. I stay on my boat well into December, and will need this to stay toasty warm.