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Furniture ho!

For the non-sailors out there who follow this blog. On a boat, the bunks, cabinets, lockers, and anything else inside the cabin that is not part of the hull itself is called “furniture”. Mostly likely on smaller boats like Flirt, it is built into the cabin and cannot be moved around without needing tools of destruction. Larger boats can have tables and chairs that can be moved about, on Something the size of a Sea Sprite 23, there is simply no room.

Today I made a step forwards into my boat’s reconstruction/refit. I started to rebuild her furniture. For those that may not remember, every single piece of wood on Flirt was rotten due to age and dampness, this included her Furniture. While I do not plan on changing it’s basic design much, I am planning on making it a much nicer place to be.

so, how she looked originally. Nice, functional, but nice. Nothing too special (later model SS23 cabin interior here) With Sink on the Starboard side, icebox to Port, quarter berths, and a Vee Berth forwards with the portapottie beneath it.. Standard Fare for a boat designed in the late 50s. (except for the portapottie)

SS23 cabin

I do not want to change that layout, it is a classic design and it works well on a small boat. I did manage to gain some length in the Veeberth by pushing the bulkhead to the Forepeak forwards into Flirt’s substantial bow overhang and raising the berth some, but that did not change the layout or even the position of everything else in the cabin.

So to get back to todays Blog Post, after weeks of epoxying, sanding, epoxying, sanding, and more epoxying.. I ran out of Carbonfibre and decided to get to work on the next stage. I sanded down the insides of Flirt’s hull smooth to get both the epoxy drips and the old paint off, and then set about making a template out of some foamboard I got from work. (I have lots of this thanks to several conventions that left their old signs behind)


From this template I cut out the 1/8 play to sorta fit the hull and then shaped it with a sander to fit perfectly.

cutout of Furniture

Once that was together, I clamped it into place and began tabbing it to get everything even and straight.

tabbed furniture

Yes, this is slightly smaller by several inches from the original. I did this on purpose to allow me to epoxy it all into a tight little box. Once that it is done, I will cover it in cedar and paint it glossy white with teak trim. It will be very Herreshoff like when done. When I am all finished, the sink will go to Starboard, and a small alcohol stove will go to port. The “icebox” will be a high efficiency cooler stuffed into the lazerette.

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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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