It was a working weekend, we drove up Friday afternoon - 7 hrs, had dinner at a fabulous little restaurant Pereddies, in Holland that is attached to an Italian market and is right across the street from Holland's LYS.
Then Saturday we spent all day working on the boat. The previous owner left it "furnished". She left all the bedding for both the master stateroom and the aft cabin as well as a full complement of towels, and the coordinating pillows that filled up the Main salon. I want to "redecorate".
Also, she's been using std size quilts and things and folding them to work with the triangular shapes - which is really cumbersome. When I took a year off of my "real job" in Traverse City I spent a year working at Whispering Needles, a custom quilting shop (long arm quilting machines). It was a small 4 person shop owner operated by a niece/aunt team. They did a lot of custom work for Interior Designers in the Detroit and Chicago areas, and they had the contract for 4Winns Boats to do all the quilting for the boat interiors. Sandi and Sue (owners) operated the long arm quilters all day every day, another woman did the cutting and piecing for the boat yardage, and I did all the other odd custom work for them - the spec'd out pillows, shams, dust ruffles, etc. Anything that required thinking and figuring out how to make it before it got cut, I did. And while I was there they got contracts to outfit several big custom yachts, so I've had experience making custom fitted mattress pads, and bedding for the cabins.
I plan to make all new bedding, including mattress pads and customizing some sheets to fit the beds, AND I plan to slipcover the cushions in the main cabin to give the boat a different decor.
Right now they are all cream/white. It's been my intention since we started talking about owning a boat to have several sets of slipcovers that I can change out, and dh is in full agreement.
port side settee in main salon, back cushions removed to get to storage.
I took swatches up from The Fabric Company, and we've picked out a green/white lattice print for the initial set of slipcovers. This is going to be a big job.
starboard side settee aft seat of L-shaped seating unit.
Anyway, we also inventoried the contents of many of the storage berths - there is a lot of stuff on board, and we just took a lot of stuff OFF. And dh got the name off the transom as well as both sides on the bow. That was 3 hours of scraping and using a heat gun (carefully) on the gelcoat.
The boat's former name was Christiana.
She's being renamed
Dolce Far Niente is an Italian expression that means, idiomatically, "It's sweet doing nothing".
Now we're trying to come up with a name for the dinghy.
It needs to relate.
The storms and flooding this weekend were tremendous.
Sunday AM we went back to the marina and Yacht club before leaving Holland, to find the road, the ships store, the restaurant lower level, and the barn where our boat is in storage, underwater. A car had been washed from the parking area over the road and dumped into the lake.
today is muslin day, I must get to work.