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.
Just about everything goes. The headliner was made up of huge sheets of 3/4" homosote - perfect for attracting and maintaining moisture.
Cutting an opening between the cabins is underway. Looks better already!
Sections of the bulkhead were removed on both sides of the companionway to yield the most space and light.
FLYING CLOUD, a fully restored bridgedeck cruiser moored next to GRETA, is motivation to keep sanding.
All the windows leaked. Tracks were pulled and new ones installed.
Weep holes in window frames were clogged for some time. Thankfully, cabin sides escaped dry rot issues and could be salvaged.
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.
Beams get bracing to handle added flybridge weight.
All surfaces get a coat of bilge coat gray.
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.
Having something to lean on can make crossings much more comfortable. This arm rest doubles as a cup holder.
Carpet was replaced and functional furniture selected to round things out.
With deckhouse doors open, the living area is extended to over 20' long.
A new mahogany ladder to the flybridge blends with deckhouse interior.