Spent some time with Charlene poking around the boat yesterday, working on various tasks. She emptied out 3 weeks worth of summer monsoon rainwater from the dinghy and gave it a good scrub while I mounted the new galley curtains, which fit perfectly and look great. Then we put the new covers on all the saloon cushions. They look really great, brighten things up a bit, and are very comfortable. The fabric is heavy duty but pretty soft — a little felt-like but not fuzzy, so it’s actually kind of cooling. I only have a couple dim early-evening phonecam photos for now. Here’s the port side:
And here’s the “couch” on the starboard side:
I’m glad I ended up opting out of getting new foam for all the cushions — the existing stuff is fine and comfy. The whole curtain/upholstery/fabric project ended up being pretty expensive anyway, but it’s made a nice difference in the appearance and comfort of the boat.
I also measured the large awning and pondered some strategies for making it more usable. I got a few ideas by looking around at other awnings at the marina. Unfortunately my awning is really just a big heavy vinyl rectangle with not very many points of attachment to work with, a tendency to attract mold, etc; I’m tempted to measure for a nice custom made Sunbrella awning, but I bet it’d cost more than I want to spend.
Finished up the evening by tinkering with the LPG system a bit. It looks like the previous owner didn’t use very standard fittings, so it might take some work (and some part hunting) to get the new grill installed.