There were a few things that Rick didn’t do in the shipyard because he could do them once the boat was in a slip – like installing the new ceiling and carpeting the floor. After that it was maintenance and some new equipment where needed.
The first task was the new ceiling. He went to Southern Lumber which specialized in unique woods and purchased 2 sheets 1/8” birch veneer plywood – sadly, the Southern Lumber owners retired.
Exterior grade plywood. Rick had the original mahogany trim pieces from the old ceiling and decided to cut out the plywood in the same shape that the old ceiling had taken with all the mahogany rim. He didn’t want a dark ceiling since there was enough dark mahogany and semi-dark upholstery in the boat already. He wanted to lighten things up but didn’t want stark, glaring, plain white. He put 3 coats of polyurethane on the birch plywood leaving its naturally light tone.
He made a template of each of the pieces he needed, cut them each out a bit oversized and trimmed them down until they fit neatly in the space.
He had a whole lot of ceiling light wires to poke through holes in the plywood. He made some light pine trim to go down the length of each side of the ceiling.
Being a YouTube University student, he saw where one fellow did the shiny insulation foam on his ceiling when he did his boat and thought that was a great idea so Rick went to Home Depot, got a roll and tacked it on the ceiling before installing the ply.
As you can see from the pic’s, it came out pretty nice for an amateur hobbyist.
Now it’s time for the carpet. He’d not cleaned the fiberglass floor from all the goober of his construction activities – a little stain, some polyurethane – because he planned to lay in some carpet. He purchased nice-looking deep green carpet exterior grade at HomeDepot, cut it out and installed it with Velcro strips so that, if it got flooded (happened twice), it could be removed and dried out without getting moldy. He also put carpet on the shelves behind the settee and dining table. It came out looking very nice and clean.
The only left was getting the curtains…ah, yes, the curtains. There weren’t any. But Rick had gotten some lovely Tommy Bahama material that was used for the cushions and some pillows and he was antsy about getting curtains.
I’m not much of a seamstress, nor am I a tailor. I’m more of a, ummm, constructionist? I’m good at creating the costume that will be used a few times.
But I did make some ‘curtains’ to go in the V-berth to hide the ugly white sides. They were gathered, stapled at the top and simply hung. Don’t look too closely at them and they are perfect!
Rick wanted curtains for the main cabin and the head (bathroom, for you landlubbers). So we talked about how to hang the rods and what style of curtain, etc. Rick’s mom sewed the boat’s logo on some swatches of material to be inserted into the curtains.
We measured the areas and I started sewing. About a year later. So far I’ve sewed one side of the curtain for one window.
But, hey, he hasn’t purchased the stuff to actually install the curtains so it’s all good, right? 😉