Restoring a Rival 38’s cabins
Restoring a Rival 38’s Bow and Aft Cabins
The initial idea and concept was a simple one:
- A sturdy build to keep in with the rest of the boat
- An end result that would also increase a resale value
- To give an impression of being spacious and comfortable in a small space
The bow cabin was not quite such a drastic refurbishment because what was there already was in an okay condition and was workable. A cream leather lining was stuck to a foam backing which was then stuck to a shaped plastic cut out to give the correct shape to be fitted. Again the cabin had battens along the fiberglass to provide secure fastening points for the leather lining. Once the 2 linings had been attached it was the tricky job of finishing off the edges with wood trim.
Now when the boat is booked up for a long distance private sailing trip, we know to the best of our knowledge that we have done everything possible to ensure the comfort of our guests. With a happily content crew fast asleep in their cabins, this gives even the skipper a few well earned hours rest on the hook!