"U" SHAPED DINETTE
One of the five cabin configurations offered by the Matthews Company included this "U" shaped dinette. Original upholstery was in yellow vinyl, then replaced by a later owner.
New captain's chairs await the flybridge in a tired looking dinette. The chef's seat swings out from under the table to offer seating for four.
A TROPICAL THEME
Bulkheads were covered with grass mats to contribute to a tropical theme. A green stain was the finish color of choice, so all brightwork needed to be stripped and sanded to expose the original Honduran mahogany color.
A 2000 watt inverter was added to the rewire job, seen here under the dinette bench seat.
Most bulkheads were covered with either grass matting or wallpaper. Portions of the bulkheads shown here were removed to increase light in the dinette/galley area.
OPENING THINGS UP
Removal of the overhead and part of the bulkhead bring light and visibility into the dinette.
GRASS MAT DECOR
The grass reed matting selected by the original owners was almost impossible to remove. The Matthews Company used a glue as yet to be equaled by NASA.
FRIDGE AND OVEN WAIT THEIR TURN
Dinette seating stores appliances while galley (opposite dinette) gets worked on.
MORE ROOM FOR CONTROL PANELS
Once the grass matting is removed, inverter and alarm panels can be mounted.
The dark red mahogany trim contrasted with an off-white enamel and varnished teak cabin sole make a nice upgrade to the original tropical island theme.