Having spent over a year on the hard
with no real activity it was embarrassing to go to the club - all people wanted to talk about was, "What are you doing about the boat?"
So coming back the mindset was, "Get it done quickly and float it." - This is probably a decent idea but my original plan was always to do the paint job in 2012 and then do the interior
was pretty ratty and I figured had a year left. I don't know if the moisture accelerated the deterioration but Sunday I was on the boat and said, "Well, I've been here 20+ months. What's another 2-3?" And then started ripping out bulkheads - LOL.
I have some very specific ideas about how I want the interior. I have original brochures showing a happy blond Swedish family
of 5 sleeping aboard. Unless they are hobbits it's pretty crowded. I also have many photos of interior redos for Maxis. One theme I really like is the removal
of the bulkheads before the v-berth. It opens up the cabin
and let's a lot more light into the forward area.
My idea is to make it great for 2 people to weekend in with a 3rd as an option in the salon
is mounted on the centerline under the aft end of the v-berth. I have always hated that and I am pretty sure I can move it to the starboard side. It will end up similar to a cuddy-cabin. Headroom
for sitting of course but maybe not for standing. The bulkhead will move aft about 2 feet and it will be a half height bulkhead with a curtain closing the top part for privacy.
The port bulkhead has the electric
panel and the radio
. This has always been problematic as you have to go forward to use the radio
and change switches. I will move this to the aft bulkhead starboard side. Not sure if I carry the 1/2 height bulkhead idea on the port side or go with no bulkhead at all and just a privacy curtain.
will be completely redone. It's a fiddly bit of kit. I will end up with an "L" shaped galley
top that carries from the companionway
opening (also the top of the engine
cover) around the port side. I am going to extend it forward about 20 inches and give up the port salon
berth. This extra area will allow me to mount the fridge (cooler) and air conditioning
. The a/c/ sounds like overkill for a 26 foot boat but we go to Indonesia
a bit and stay in Marinas
. We usually get a room because in the still air of the marina sleeping on the boat is painfully hot and humid. The a/c is a bit heavy for it's size and not conducive to racing
but I am getting old and decided not to fart around with a removable a/c.
You can see the salon berths have always been a compromise. To make a berth you need about 28-32 inches at the shoulders. A seat only needs about 22-24. So sitting at the table has never had back support unless you scootch back. Then you can't reach the table. So on both sides I am going to frame in a locker. The seat depth
will be about 22-24 inches and then the locker will be between the seat back and the cabin side. I reckon it will be good storage
for lifejackets and a host of other stuff.
The centerline table is always a pain to navigate around. I am going to "skinny up the table" so that the port side from the compression
post over is free and clear. It''l only give a couple inches but it will be better.
It sounds daunting but it is a small boat and doesn't need heavy woodwork. I haven't decided on 1/4 or 3/8 ply yet but there are plenty of hardpoints to frame it in. I am planning 1x1, 1x2 AND 2x2 framing. I am a simple butt and don't plan on lot's of drawers and difficult stuff like that. Mostly shelves, fronted with ply and well fiddeld so stuff won't fall out.
I've started "practicing" my woodworking. I had to make a piece of trim for the companionway
, the bilge
(engine bay & batts) floor and some hatch
covers. I was pretty successful turning my drill press into a router.
The new house has a nice "maids" room that I turned into a small workshop and the back porch is covered by awning and I built a workbench.
Here are some snaps.