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Bringing back the Beneteau
Time for new curtains!
David
09/26/2011, Titusville FL

The origional Curtains in this boat looked like someone sacrificed the back of their blue jeans, and screwed them to the headliner. They swung to & fro even while at the dock, and did not keep the incesant Florida heat out of the cabin. I leave the Air on all the time while at the dock, and it seemed to run too much. The issue with the previous owner and myself, was that the verticle liner between the Port lights was thin, and an effort to install hangers for the top & bottom rail of curtains would either not hold or eventually damage the liner. Finally a solid solution......! I shaped the wood (Sapele), to the contours of the boat cabin, cut a 1" Channel up the center, and routed a decorative edege on the 6 pieces. I installed 1" alum angle stock into each hanger and secured with stainless bolts. The exposed leg of the alum slid behind the interior Port light trim and tightened back down solid. I wanted heavy brass rod for the curtain rods until I searched and found the only comparable material was Stair tread carpet rods. "Way to expensive"! Off to Ace Hardware,,,, Fiberglass tomato steaks were really strong and only $4.00 each. I could get them all from 4 pcs. Next I found plumbing fittings that snugly fit over the ends. On the visable ends I screwed the fittings from the interior to the Sapele,, (All hidden), and on the other end I screwed from the outside with stainless into the fitting with the excess screw going inside the rod.

The Captains a Wood Worker
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Hurricane Irene Goodbye!!!
David
08/27/2011, Titusville FL

Hurricane Irene just passed us and is headed up the East coast. Can't say I was disappointed, but we have had worse thunder storms here.

In preparation, I removed the main and everything that could have blown off. I tied the bimini back, tied all the winch covers in place, tightened up the Jib, doubled the dock lines, closed all the thru hulls, tied the sheets to the mast, put out all additional fenders, and did a quick check of my Boat US Insurance.
I was on standby to add some old tires to the docks if she stayed class 3. She beat up the Bahamas and only gave us the edge. "Thank you, Irene"!

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Custom built Galley Table
David
08/18/2011, Solid Sapele & Wenge

The table in this vessel has always been a sore spot,,, literally! My knees were always hitting the sub-structure. With the table down the sub-structure remained up which cut the bed size down and left an impediment in the way. I suppose this was left for crossings,, so you didn't fall out of the bed? "I'll survive"

In my boat, I have removeable flat panel TV that mounts on the rail near the sink. This makes a great TV pit with the galley area leveled. In this photo it is almost finished. Just have to clean up the area and install the mounting knobs that are still on order.

The wood is Wenge,(The dark wood), and Sapele which is sort of a Teak/Cherry with luminisent gold hues.

The Captains a Wood Worker
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New Sunbrella Fabric
David
08/14/2011, Titusville FL

I got bids from various local Canvas Shops. Then I found Diego A. Garcia on Ebay selling winch covers cheap!!!! Ordered them,,, beautiful! He said he could create anything I could send him specs on or send the origional. He proved true to his word, and saved me about 40% even with 2 way shipping. His work was at least equal quality to our local guys, and SUPER fast!
diegos.custom.marine@gmail.com
Tell him where you heard it. Maybe I can get a discount on my next order???

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Wenge & Sapele Cockpit table
David
08/10/2011, TSVL. FL

Reverse wood from the Galley table

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Creative Beneteau Logo
David
08/05/2011, Titusville FL

Again, in an attempt to remove the 1985 blue,,,,,, we spent days heating, stripping, and sanding off the factory stripes and even topping/gelcoat in some spots. I ran into all sorts of ugly things under there and in the end decided to buy vinyl striping from a local detailer. I then found a man in the UK that can create anything in vinyl including Beneteau Logos, and even the horses. The boat bears a strong resemblance to the new Cabo Rico and I am growing tired of telling every fourth person on the dock that it's a Beneteau Idylle. No one knows anything about the Idylle Series, so when I removed the logo from the hull I decided not to replace it. It's on the title. We taped out the pattern of the stripe we wanted, and applied the vinyl in small sections after spraying the area with Windex and squegee'n it out. We then lightly cut the tape edge with a razor knife and peeled off the masking tape and the waste vinyl. It was 92 deg (its always 92 deg) , which cased us to invest in a white tarp. It came out good and has held up to scrubbing and the incessant Florida UV Rays.

Hull Restoration
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