Some time in its almost 40 year history, Anna had been fitted with two very odd ceiling lighting fixtures; one in the forward head and one in the passageway between the salon and forepeak. They really ruin the beautiful interior of the boat and gives it a haphazard look. But we’ve been searching in vain for the old style. Then suddenly they just popped up on some web site in Germany.
Another great example of the principle that one should never try to estimate how much time a job on a boat will take, since it simply will a) decrease the probability that you will do it and b) be wrong by a factor of about 3 (the job will always take 3 times as much time as your estimate, no matter what your estimate is). Better to just start working; then you will at least save time on planning…
On the HR41, there are 32 curtains (16 portlights), assuming you do not put curtains on the portlight in the cockpit locker. We decided to go for a fabric which matches the gelcoat and also lets some light thru (as opposed to the old/original curtains which were dark blue).
In the passageway between the salon and the forepeak is a locker. I took down the mahogany slats (sanded and varnished), cleaned and repainted the interior and refitted the whole thing. Looks so much nicer and smells fabulous (I think it’s mainly the mix of turpentine and linseed that does it). I varnished all the slats on the backside too – it makes the wood less likely to attract moisture, prevents bad smell and result in a smoother surface to which dirt doesn’t stick as easily.
All floorboards are made of teak plywood. The veneer is about 2+ mm thick, giving sufficient thickness for sanding a couple of times. Originally, the floorboards are just lightly oiled or waxed and attract quite a lot of dirt as well as being quite sensitive to stains from oil etc. Over the years, they had become quite scratched and did drag down the general feel of the interior.
Usually, I only use traditional varnish (Le Tonkinois and International Schooner and Original), but for the floorboards I used International’s 2-component polyurethane varnish Perfection Plus with anti-slip pearls.