We boot the pink and blue
getting new carpet, the day we looked forward
to the most was getting rid of the hippy dippy pink and blue fabric that looked like
something inspired by a bad acid trip in the
1960's. My brother in law Jim is an upholsterer
(there is someone in every trade in my family,
I'm just saying),
and he agreed to take on his first ever
He came to
Atlanta in February so we could stuff his van with the salon sofa,
the cushions off the sofas in the pilothouse and
the third stateroom/office, and the large--very
large--roll of nice buttery soft leather we
furniture was away being rescued from
its' psychedelic fabric hell, we had to resort to
the use of lawn chairs
for salon seating. Although it was strangely
liberating in a redneck kind of way to use
outdoor furniture on the inside, it wasn't
exactly the look we were going for and it wasn't all that
And so we were thrilled when after six weeks of
Jim's magic touch the furniture came home. We gave up our redneck ways and returned our
lawn chairs to their natural habitat, and
commenced to installing the furniture now
covered in buttery soft leather.
The cushions for the sofas in the pilot house
and office took all of five minutes to install, but the salon sofa
took forever--okay, so it took two or three hours
but it felt like forever.
The salon sofa is made up
of six pieces that are sized precisely to the dimensions of the corner
of the salon and squeezing it back into place
required everything to go in just so.
Morley and Jim first reassembled the pieces into three
sections, then they
crammed them in place with half a micro millimeter to spare.
Jim nearly lost two fingers in the
process and there was some swearing
involved to get it just right.
But what a difference!
The entire boat seemed to instantly transform
from dated and ugly to clean and modern (the
leather looks almost white in these photos but it is actually a
soft khaki color that coordinates with the headliner fabric
and new carpet).
Helpful tip: If
you ever find yourself installing the sofa in
this model boat, put the corner piece in place
first and make absolutely, positively dead
certain you have it sitting precisely at the
correct angle. Otherwise you will end up
with unsightly gaps between the three sections
which will require you to pry out all the
tightly wedged pieces and try it again. And
again. And again.
We developed this Helpful Tip
by trying all 2,134 possible ways to
install this sofa.
The salon still isn't quite
finished. Morley has to pry to sofa back out again to do some
electrical work behind it since I had requested a second
electrical outlet to be installed in
the corner ledge between the sofa and the galley. Apparently
it would have been sheer insanity to have installed this
electrical outlet before the sofa came back from the
One thing we
learned the hard way is that calculating how
much fabric is required for upholstery is a job
best left to professionals.
We did the
calculations ourselves using an upholstery chart
we found online, carefully measuring our furniture
our best to match it up to the examples shown on the charts.
Then we added a yard or
two to the recommended yardage "just to be on the safe side".
And geez, did we ever
overshoot the mark. Note to self: boat
furniture, unlike residential furniture, is
not upholstered on the back side and thus
does not require nearly as much expensive
buttery soft leather as online charts might
We had a
ridiculous amount of non-refundable, un-returnable leather left over, and since
we'd selected a very good quality (read: pricey)
material, it was an expensive mistake
that added about $900 to the cost of the
upholstery project. Ouch.