Create Usable Space

No matter how large your boat, it seems as if there’s never enough room for everything. If you buy a larger boat, you fill it with more stuff. Well, I have enough boat to maintain, so we decided to create some more sensible, easily usable space. As built, the First 42 came with two pilot berths, great for racing crew or family, but not really usable for a cruising couple. So, after much thought and planning. we decided to have some cabinets built for the port side of the main cabin.

For this and all our other woodworking projects, we used A&G Woodworking in Trinidad. These two men are the consummate professionals, soft spoken, trustworthy, meticulous – you pick the good adjectives – they all apply. And best of, very reasonable in their pricing. We used Gerard for our cabinets, our floor, new teak cockpit decking, and several smaller trim projects.

Basic Layout and Fitting
Basic Layout and Fitting

The first step involved the general layout; Joy and I used a piece of thick poly sheeting that we cut and taped into place, and after a couple attempts, came up with a basic design. You might have noticed a sketch under my special tool photo? Gerard helped with the final layout adding ideas of his own so that the finished product would look as if it were original. Lots of little steps along the way to the finished product.

Templates and Tape
Templates and Tape

I came up with the idea of adding a top molding to trim out the upper edge and to house LED recessed lighting, a nice touch that use every day.

Awesome Craftsmanship
Awesome Craftsmanship

At the same time Gerard was working on the floor and cabinets, I also had him replace the starboard side headliner in a style to match the main cabin, and modify our saloon table – Take a look

New Headliner, Trim  &  LED Lighting Starboard
New Headliner, Trim & LED Lighting Starboard

New Saloon Table
New Saloon Table

A Later Brainstorm