Choices, choices, choices.

It’s like a fabric store confetti party going on in here! I am recovering the settees and have had my usual indecisive fuss over the past few weeks.

What I want is creamy, soft, and plushy.

What I have is a mechanic, black dog, and a dining table.


I started with the usual outdoor brand fabrics but couldn’t find something I loved or that felt soft enough and regular upholstery material wasn’t going to hold up against the sun and stains well enough. Then I found Crypton fabrics. They are used in hospitals and restaurants yet feel super soft. They are crazy stain resistant and clean with laundry soap or even bleach. I got a free sample from the website. It came with a swatch of their fabric, ketchup, soy sauce, a crayon, a highlighter, and a packet of Tide all zipped up in a cute pouch.

Ooh. I do love an experiment!

I thought I might add a few things to the stain test-like blueberries, chocolate, butter, olive oil, grape jelly, honey, soda, and Mio (AKA: safety-orange food coloring) because it is our dining room cushions and these things will spill on them eventually. Then I added winch grease and blood, because again, it’s a boat and we can be messy.


I documented my stains, to make it an official experiment, and smeared and rubbed away. It was kind of fun. Keith liked the blueberry part the best.

I set it out in the Florida sun to cook.

Then I wiped it off, mixed up my teaspoon of laundry soap and washed it up.

I hung my sample (and the towel I used to clean it with) up to dry.

Perfectly clean!!! The Crypton, I can’t say the same for my dish towel.

Well that just narrowed down my search. We want the blueberry proof fabric! Keith and I picked out our two favorite and and ordered a yard of each to decide. Anyone who knows me, can already tell you what colors I chose. I have an extremely small color palette comfort zone; I am a bit predictable.

Hint: think sugar cookie (without the pretty icing)

Coffee vs. Dinner

I knew that we would find things that needed to be added to the to-do list once we moved aboard, but surprisingly we have only added one item. A big one, but only one. Redesign the salon.

The boat originally had a huge double drop leaf table in the center of the salon. It would have held a hell of a feast. You could barely move around it when it was down, and once it was up you were pretty much stuck sitting behind it. No one was getting up to go pee from behind this mammoth. I yanked it out leaving a hole in the sole of the boat and a dilemma of what to replace it with. Many, many cardboard templates later I made version 2.0. A smaller, non-folding table for just the starboard side. Unfortunately, It just wasn’t right. The size or shape or surface–it just wasn’t right. More cardboard template tables followed, and I thought I had it figured out. I bought some teak, learned some woodworking skills and turned out version 3.0. Keith, who has been ever so patient with my never-ending table project, suggested I mount this one with hose clamps before drilling holes into our mast support. They actually worked quite well…….And thankfully were a cinch to remove.

Within the first few days of being aboard, it was evident that the salon was not as comfy and loungy as we wanted. Quick to blame it all on the table, I started trying to figure out how to rework it. But the problem is more complex, the seat depths are not deep enough and the backs are not angled enough. Hmmm. Probably great for sitting and eating, but not so great for curling up to read or watch TV or playing on he computer.

So, I need to:
1. Deepen the seating
2. Angle the backrest more
3. Design a new table
4. Fix the hole in the floor from the old table base
5. Make a home for the freezer

(We’ll, I guess, that is more than one item on the list.)

While I was playing with different ideas, I slid the freezer into the middle of the salon, stacked some crap on it, and realized it would make a great ottoman/coffee table. I sat down, propped my feet up and thought “what if I don’t replace the dining table?”

At the house, we always ate on the couch. We had a dining room table, but never used it-just ate off our laps.

I am seriously contemplating having only a “coffee table”. I keep playing with the idea of a raisable table, but then it would have to fold open too, and still be able to access the freezer….and it just gets really complicated. Besides we have a cockpit table, and I did just make cockpit enclosure.

So, the brainstorming continues.

A not-so-good pic of the original table.

One of many cardboard tables I made.
Brainstorming session (also considering adding a filler cushion in front of the v-berth)