DINETTE

"U" SHAPED DINETTE
"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.

ORIGINAL DINETTE
ORIGINAL DINETTE

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
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.

INVERTER ADDED
INVERTER ADDED

A 2000 watt inverter was added to the rewire job, seen here under the dinette bench seat.

COMPANIONWAY WIDENED
COMPANIONWAY WIDENED

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
OPENING THINGS UP

Removal of the overhead and part of the bulkhead bring light and visibility into the dinette.

GRASS MAT DECOR
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.

NEW PAINT
NEW PAINT

Keeping stripping to a minimum, seat base was painted for a clean, bright look.

FRIDGE AND OVEN WAIT THEIR TURN
FRIDGE AND OVEN WAIT THEIR TURN

Dinette seating stores appliances while galley (opposite dinette) gets worked on.

MORE ROOM FOR CONTROL PANELS
MORE ROOM FOR CONTROL PANELS

Once the grass matting is removed, inverter and alarm panels can be mounted.

FLOORING GOES IN
FLOORING GOES IN

Teak and holly flooring and new upholstering completes dinette upgrade.

MAHOGANY SLAB TABLE
MAHOGANY SLAB TABLE

Roy Dunbar fashioned this table top from a single piece of Honduran mahogany.

FINISHED
FINISHED

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.

DINETTE/GALLEY COMPLETED
DINETTE/GALLEY COMPLETED

Framed poster, by Marshall Johnson, features another Matthews "42" in Roche Harbor.