1970 Mariner 31, Hull# 74
Owners:Tom Easton- Ft.Myers, FL- USA
I’m the third owner of Kumu. I’ve owned her since 1983. She originally came from Michigan to Florida via her second owner. When I bought her she needed attention plus a new engine. I replaced the old Perkins 107 with a new Perkins M4-108. Over the next couple years I replaced all the decks, cockpit, bowsprit, Main spreaders, a large section of the main mast and lower part of the mizzenmast. I have also put on teak rub rails, which I’ll never understand why a boat would be built with out rub rails. I lived aboard from 1983 through 1991 when I moved ashore. Living at Ft. Myers beach in S.W. Florida is a cruisers paradise. I’ sailed to the Bahamas three different occasions, the boat sailing comfortable and safe even in some nasty Gulf Stream crossings. The Dry Tortugas, Fl. Keys and S.W. Fl. are our stomping grounds. The shallow draft makes most all anchorages accessible. The interior is standard Mariner. I’ve added a cabinet in the in the galley a propane stove/oven, book case beside the port settee and wicker doors on cabinets starboard and port. I replaced the old ice box with better insulation and refrigeration, eliminating the deck loading ice hatch, which I found to be an unwanted source of water. The interior I revarnished bright and it looks beautiful. I made a fiberglass full Dodger for the companionway and with a full Bimini keeps the cockpit comfortable in all but the worst of weather. Due to changes not for seen I may have to sell Kumu, I hope all Mariner owners can enjoy their boats as much as I have.