Originally Posted by oldragbaggers
I am not sure I understand how these very selective standards of niceness work. It is apparently okay to call the old boat interiors (which many forum members own and love) "cave pubs," "basement pubs," "ugly," "depressing," and any number of other intentionally derogative terms.........but everyone should refrain from saying "Ikea interiors," because it implies cheapness which might hurt somebody's little feelings who owns this style of boat? (By the way.....I own some Ikea furniture and it has served us well for a decade.)
Not me that compared old boats in what regards style with pubs but that comparaison don't seem to me derogative. The quality of a pub interior
, in style or materials is not necessarily cheap
(contrary to IKEA) and most are very agreable spaces, with good quality furniture and decoration with an almost common denominator to be old styled, wood to be abundant and being rather dark. I think that it was what was meant with the comparison.
Regarding to be a basement pub, well all boats except cats and decksaloons have something of a basement, since you go down to the saloon
. Older boats are much worse in what regards that sensation for several reasons: they are heavier and sit deeper on the water
, they don't have port hulls that allow an outside view, are much darker due to less illumination (smaller "window" surfaces) and the use of dark woods.
That does not mean that one would not like or even prefer to live on that type of living space. Somebody called that type of space depressing, well, it is depressing for him, not for others the same way that modern spaces are soulless for the ones that qualified it that way, not for most. Just personal opinions as finding any of those spaces ugly.
I did not called ugly to any of the different types of spaces and it was a owner of a boat with an old interior
that first called ugly to several modern interiors. Even if I find that someone can have an opinion about that I find that abusive generalizations regarding calling ugly to all (or most) spaces with a given style should be avoided.