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Boating is many things to many people, depending on the thrills they seek. Whether those thrills come from powerful engines or sails fat with wind, from a sleek and seakindly hull or a houseboat built for spacious cabins, the one thing we all have in common is, we eat and sleep. This book was written for everyone who loves being lulled to sleep by the sea, waking up to mornings on the water, dining afloat, entertaining and, in ...
Boating is many things to many people, depending on the thrills they seek. Whether those thrills come from powerful engines or sails fat with wind, from a sleek and seakindly hull or a houseboat built for spacious cabins, the one thing we all have in common is, we eat and sleep. This book was written for everyone who loves being lulled to sleep by the sea, waking up to mornings on the water, dining afloat, entertaining and, in short, creating creature comforts.
During the 10 years we lived full time on the go, part of the fun was creating a real home anywhere we happened to be. It was more than just fine-tuning furnishings and gear to suit us. It was being able to invite people aboard for a meal, taking landlubber friends or relatives for a day cruise, introducing young people to overnighting afloat, surprising each other with Christmas presents we had managed to hide months before and finding the income tax records every April. It meant making a living on board, as travel writers. It meant having enough tools and spares to do most of our own mechanical, electrical and sewing work. It meant having the resources and resourcefulness to stay warm, cool, well-fed and well-rested, clean and safe. It meant keeping our boat shipshape, not just as a matter of pride, but because of the dollars-and-cents resale value.
Most of all, creating comforts afloat made us truly at home on the water. This book is for the sailor in you as well as for the homebody in you. Whether you live aboard, vacation on board or just overnight occasionally, my aim is to make your boat more livable.
Chapter 1 Marine Decor 101
This book isn't about paint swatches and fashion trends. It's about things that work on boats, last on boats and make sense on boats.
Chapter 2 Working with (and without) a Decorator
A marine decorator could be your best friend if you proceed the right way with the right decorator.
Chapter 3 Going for the Perfect Galley
It's the heart of every boat. Here's how to furnish and accessorize the galley for your own cooking and dining style.
Chapter 4 Bedding and Linens
Standard-size beds are a rarity on board, but here are ways to maximize comforts in the bedroom and bath without spending a fortunate.
Chapter 5 Using Your Head
No matter how small and inconvenient the bathroom on your boat, here are suggestions for making it bigger and more space-efficient.
Chapter 6 Fabrics and Window Treatments
What to look for in fabrics that are practical on deck and below. How to use window treatments for added privacy and temperature control.
Chapter 7 Floor Coverings
Survey the enormous variety of choices in today's deck coverings, from hard surfaces to real carpeting, then install and maintain them properly.
Chapter 8 Hush Money
From the most silent sailboat to the loudest power boat, here are ways to make your vessel quieter.
Chapter 9 Other Materials :
Tile, Plywood, Laminates
The marketplace offers many choices in materials. Understand them before deciding what you or your contractor will apply.
Chapter l0 Doors
Choosing the right doors is crucial in assuring privacy, security and good looks.
Chapter 11 Lighting the Way
It's a tall order to outfit your boat with the right lighting for night boating, reading in bed, entertaining and galley tasks.
Chapter 12 Furniture
First, decide whether you want built-in or freestanding furnishings, then make the most of your choices.
Chapter 13 Electronic Pleasures
The choice, installation and care of electronics are essential for enjoying e-mail, television, music and other modern pleasures.
Chapter 14 Lockers
How to add, divide, expand and conquer storage areas.
Appendix 1 Suppliers & Manufacturers
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