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A change in Plan

As I never intended to change Flirt’s cabin furniture layout all that much, mostly just to update the much dated systems, repair and replace the rot, and extend the v-berth so I could actually lay on it, it was never in my plans to completely gut her cabin area in one go. I had intended to start with the v-berth and work my way back to the stern. That all has changed.

It was not that I found more rot, or more systems to update, it was just the realization that it would be easier, safer, and actually faster to just gut everything and start over. The SeaSprite 23’s interior is not all that complicated to begin with. As you can see below, it has a rather large anchor locker forwards, v-berth, then a space for the icebox opposite the sink, and two quarter berths. Beneath the V-berth is a place for a port-a-potty. Nothing too complex or hard to replicate.

SS23 Layout

Flirt’s final layout will remain the same. The Anchor Locker forwards will shrink some, the V-berth will get extended from it’s 5’6″ length to over 6 feet, the Icebox will become a place for an Origo Alcohol stove, and the quarter berths will get moved sternwards some. Also, the Port-a-potty is being tossed for something else that will go beneath the cockpit sole.

What actually prompted this thought to gut flirt was actually the idea of having to clean several metric tons of resin dust from all the nooks and crannies in her interior. In removing the last of the chainplates and the mast support, everything is now coated in a thick layer of white dust. If I gut her down to a bare hull, I can just rinse it all out with a hose and start from there.

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A long time sailor who has been away from the water for too long, I am working hard to bring an old and abused boat back to life. When not working on my boat, I can often be found working as a Stage Hand in Atlantic City or just out and about on my Mountain Bike. I really come off as a quiet and boring person when people first meet me.

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