A narrow companionway to forward cabins from the deckhouse made the galley feel dark and cut off. Removing the port side bulkhead and dinette headliner made sense.
The four folding doors that closed off the main cabin are taken to my basement shop for refinishing.
GUTTING THE INTERIOR
Just about everything goes. The headliner was made up of huge sheets of 3/4" homosote - perfect for attracting and maintaining moisture.
Sections of the bulkhead were removed on both sides of the companionway to yield the most space and light.
STRIPPING THE CABIN
FLYING CLOUD, a fully restored bridgedeck cruiser moored next to GRETA, is motivation to keep sanding.
ROT CAUGHT JUST IN TIME
Weep holes in window frames were clogged for some time. Thankfully, cabin sides escaped dry rot issues and could be salvaged.
ALASKAN WEATHER WINS
A pile of Alaskan charts fell apart in my hands when cleaning out the chart locker after purchase. I wonder why...
Insulation crumbled in my hands and a complete rewire was required. We now have new Gewiss lighting throughout and a 2,000 watt inverter.
These deckhouse sides fared extremely well and only needed sanding and a few coats of varnish to be revived.
CENTER PLANK ADDED
To make removing headliners easier in the future, we installed a center board to allow reducing the size of the headliner panels. Then, covered the panel seams with Honduran beam soles.
ARM REST & CUP HOLDER
Having something to lean on can make crossings much more comfortable. This arm rest doubles as a cup holder.