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Building Our Dream: The Journey of Crafting Our Wood Boat Interior

Welcome to the most exciting phase of our boat restoration project—the wood interior! We have eagerly anticipated this moment and are thrilled to announce our partnership with Mobili Mare, who will help us turn our vision of a home on the sea into a reality. Over the next few weeks, we invite you to join us on this incredible journey as we design and construct our wood boat interior, sharing every step of the process.

A Rocky Start

Unveiling the Neglected Interior When we first encountered the original wood interior of our neglected sailboat, it was clear that it had seen better days. Constructed before 1997, the interior had undergone minimal modifications over the years.

Watch the full demolition in Episode 2
Main cabin sailboat interior - before
Main Cabin - Sailboat interior - Before Photo

Aft main cabin in sailboat - before
Original Sailboat, Aft View of the Main Cabin - Before Photo

Those that fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it.” – Winston Churchill

Original Sailboat Interior - Navigation Desk - Starboard Side
Original Sailboat Interior - Navigation Desk - Starboard Side

Original Sailboat Interior - Galley - Port Side
Original Sailboat Interior - Galley - Port Side

As we began the daunting task of dismantling it, we realized just how sturdy the structure was, with screws and nails cleverly concealed beneath the veneer. It took determination, a hammer, a saw, and plenty of sweat and elbow grease to bring it down.

However, the superficial parts of the interior told a different story. Water damage had taken its toll on the roof panels and the entire bathroom area, leaving nothing salvageable. Previous attempts to improve the situation resulted in inferior quality wood and haphazard paint jobs, leaving behind varnish drips and a surface marred by neglect. Though the uniform brown appearance masked some imperfections from a distance, a closer look revealed the lack of care given to maintaining this steel boat.

Original Sailboat - Demolition of the head
Original Sailboat - Demolition of the head

Learning from the Past

Reaching this stage of our project has taught us the importance of doing things differently. We must learn from the past to avoid repeating its mistakes. After investing considerable effort in saving our beloved boat, we were determined to prevent it from sinking into a state of disrepair within the next decade.

With this in mind, we made the decision to partner with Mobili Mare—a renowned company specializing in residential and marine interiors. They will not only showcase their exceptional craftsmanship but also guide us through the process of creating our dream home on the sea. It is an incredible opportunity to witness firsthand the work of professionals who have mastered the art of boat interiors.

Watch us move the Lahakai in Episode 28
Moving the Lahakai to Mobili Mare
Moving the Lahakai to Mobili Mare

Join Us on This Transformative Journey

We are thrilled to embark on this journey of crafting our wood boat interior. With Mobili Mare's expertise and our unwavering commitment, we are confident that we will create a space that exceeds our expectations and becomes a sanctuary on the water. Stay tuned as we share updates, insights, and the incredible progress we make along the way.

Together, let's witness the transformation of a neglected interior into a breathtaking living space. We are determined to do justice to this remarkable vessel and build a home that will stand the test of time. Join us as we breathe new life into our boat and fulfill our dreams of sailing the seas in unparalleled comfort and style.


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