Originally Posted by Privleoplag
I was at the boat show
yesterday. The use of laminates/verneers is bad and has gotten worse. One boat I was on, going down into the hull
, there was a fiddle/ledge board on a shelf near the decent that would be an obvious hand hold.. and the cheap laminate was already coming off. It was a straight piece of laminate about 2 feet long and maybe 1 1/2 inch by 1 inch.. How fricken hard would it be to put a piece of real wood there?! And that is what all the shelves were trimmed with.. cheap laminate.
I've measured every cabinet door on our boat, and have plans to someday make new cabinet doors out of real wood. The cabinets themselves are good enough.. and new wood doors will make a very nice upgrade with no need to destroy the old cabinet frames and shelves. Same with the door to the head
. I've measured them all. So, my suggestion would be to consider the just the doors for the enhanced look, and they'll never have laminate peeling off.
Another thing.. what's with the $10 curtains with snaps? geez... some things really irk me.
I know it's a matter of taste.. but I don't care for the white interiors, but my wife prefers that.
I too just came back from 3 days at the boat show. I must admit the Lagoon 630 MY they gad on display looked great with almost black wall interior in the lounge but still the kook was let down but the mat finish woodwork. Talking with a very helpful dealer he said he could hook me up with a company that would re do the woodwork in a ultra high gloss finish for me. And the cost estimate wasn't outrageous. I asked one of the Lagoon bosses from France
if I could have the 560 with the same interior color of the 630 MY and he said NO. No no no. The dealer later said he get it done after market for me.
The next day I saw the guys at FP. The 58 and the 68 are great. Cabinetry looks a lot better. And they will do whatever color scheme on cabinets etc. I want. A bit more money
but may be worth it if I end up with a designer
look I am after. And a look I would be happy to call home.
Interesting thing from both Lagoon and FP dealers was the flexible high end staffed charter programs they could arrange for the type of boat I am looking at. The FP dealer seemed to have their act really together on this front and would allow me to have total flexibility in the charter side along with great structuring advise tax wise. Chartering my boat out wasn't something I was considering before the show but it is something I'm considering now given that I would gave year round paid crew, tax benefits and total flexibility.
Oh. The FP agreed to do a special design extension of the cockpit
roof out over the dinghy
for solar panels
away from the boom. I have come up with a design for both the Lagoon and FP that in my opinion will look great. Basically it is a fiberglass
extension of the cockpit
roof with two stainless steel
round columns smaller in diameter than the ones in the cockpit but looking the same, sitting on the very aft of the stern. So you end up with a factory look that doesn't take away from the outer design of the boat.
I did see another very impressive cat made by the Royal ........ from Durban South Africa
. Very solid vessel. Cabinetry top quality. Layout of berths great. 54' in length. Comes in $200,000 less than the 58 Lagoon. It is built to Lloyds shipping
specs. And they agreed to add thermal insulation
to the hulls along with a sit in bath. It also comes with a fly bridge helm
like the Lagoon and FP. Really nice owner and the boat designer
was incredibly keen to satisfy me. Very nice people. A slower boat but one I would feel very safe in sailing in very southern Atlantic waters.