of Relax Lah is 30 years old. It is a molded pan with veneered marine
ply bulkheads, galley
etc. most of the construction is 3/8 and maybe 1/2 inch. All pretty much straight line stuff, no complicated compound bending etc.
4 years ago much of the interior plywood
was "ratty" - now its downright crappy. To the point where most bulkhead panels
and shelves are delaminated. And the latest is a galley
drawer that is probably being held together with dirt.
So I googled a bunch of photos of Maxis and there are a few nice restorations and a couple of mods that I might like to incorporate, predominantly removing one bulkhead to "open up" the v- berth area, redesigning the salon
table and the major redesign being the galley area that includes the engine
box and companionway
I am a pretty good mechanic
but my artisitc and "pretty" skills are near the non-existent level.
I plan to convert a spare bedroom in my apartment to a simple woodshop (please dont tell my LL), fabricate the pieces and assemble on the boat. To this end I am thinking cut a lot of shapes, trial assemble and then "screw and glue" it together on the boat.
I don't really want to win awards but functional, long lasting and not ugly would be good. I am thinking about marine
ply faced with formica or something similar. I don't think I have the skills for cedar veneers.
I am interested in recommendations for good, simple, basic cabinetry books
that will encourage me that I can do this.
I will post pictures of the current
Of course with this kind of thing my mind races forward to, " what about headliner
, rewire the boat, relocate the electric
panel etc, etc." I know if I start this I could be in for a world of agro, and yes relocating the electric
panel and rewiring are also gonna have to happen - sigh...