Furniture comes to the Gyrfalcon

For the last year, we have had luan panels over the floors in the salon, galley and forward passageway. The luan protected the rosewood floors in the salon and the newly installed Marmoleum floors in the galley and passageway. Now luan does have many uses, and it certainly protected the floors from the ongoing construction, but it is not overly attractive as a permanent surface.

As Nancy finished painting the walls and ceilings in the salon, we began to remove the luan from the completed potions of the floor. The rosewood below looked good, so she accelerated the painting program in the galley so that we could remove the luan there as well. The luan is gone from the aft of the salon to the galley up to the door into the forward passageway. The floors look great.

One of the things that we have been missing has been furniture. We have been sitting on canvas camp chairs for the past few months. For my birthday, I got a black leather Stressless recliner. I wanted a comfortable chair to sit in and read, and we needed something with a fairly small footprint (for a recliner). The Stressless has been perfect. It has a separate ottoman, and does not appear nearly as massive as a LazyBoy type plush recliner. And it is very comfortable. It has been on the boat since early December, and was the first piece of permanent furniture.

Stressless Recliner

Stressless Recliner

We also needed stools to go under the counter in the salon. We found some red leather stools without backs that fit perfectly, and got four of them. We have been eating on them every night since then.

New stools under the counter. Note the rosewood floor in the salon and the marmoleum in the galley

New stools under the counter. Note the rosewood floor in the salon and the marmoleum in the galley

We also bought three somewhat taller stools with backs for the pilot house. We think they will do double duty – both as a place for the captain to sit while she is running the boat, and as stools around the table in the pilot house for meals.

Captain's Stools in the Pilothouse

Captain’s Stools in the Pilothouse

When we moved out of the house, we got rid of most of our furniture. All that we kept was one red leather loveseat and two small club chairs that we thought would go well in the salon. We went and got the three pieces out of storage and brought them onto the boat.  The loveseat came over the railing onto the fantail (after we took off the legs) and then we were able to use the angles on the loveseat to get it through the aft door into the salon. It looks perfect in the salon, and the red leather matches the gyrberry red on the desk and the red stools under the counter.

Peter testing out the new loveseat

Peter testing out the new loveseat

The club chairs were a different story. They were basically a solid 30 inch cube.

Club chair: Picture from Craig's List

Club chair: Picture from Craig’s List

Although we lifted them onto the fantail, that was as far as they got. There is no way that a 30 inch cube will fit through a 24 inch door (we tried every possible permutation).  They would fit through the hatch in the roof of the galley, but unfortunately they would have to stay there, since none of the openings out of the galley is big enough to fit then through. So we took the chairs off the boat, and sold them on Craig’s list. In retrospect, they would have cluttered up the salon anyway.

We also got two new ottomans (or is that ottomen?). The tops come off, and turn over to become small table tops (with sea rails) – so they are perfect for a boat.

Ottomen in front of the loveseat

Ottomen in front of the loveseat

Our last piece of salon furniture was the television. We purchased a new TV (on Black Friday, no less) that would fit the space, and that, more importantly, was lighter than our old television. We researched mounting brackets, and came up with one that seemed the most solid and that would swivel so that we could watch TV either from the loveseat or while working in the galley. The mount was massive (and weighed more than the TV). The mount was made to attach to 2 studs behind drywall. Since we had a ¾ inch plywood wall with irregular (if any) studs, we made a second piece of ½ inch plywood the size of the television and screwed it securely to the underlying ¾ inch wall.  In the process of installing the hanger, Nancy realized we did have one stud more or less in the center of the hanging bracket. She identified the location of the stud, and I drilled new holes in the bracket, so that they would be over the stud. We put long lag bolts into the studs and smaller bolts into the corners of the bracket. The television is secure, and will not leave the wall.

Originally, we had planned to build a box around the television with an inset board (kind of like a shallow cabinet with a removable front), so that if we were not watching it, you would see a piece of art on the board instead of a blank television screen. We had a large original blueprint of the Patton (picture?) that we wanted to hang in the space – it was perfectly sized. The bracket and TV stuck out from the wall farther than we had anticipated, and the box was going to be pretty massive.  We had done the TV installation with the help of Nancy’s mom, Joan, and her husband Bill (my step-father-in-law). After we got the TV up, Bill suggested that rather than build a box, we could come up with some small hanger brackets to hang a board over the front of the television and end up with the same effect, but without the big woodenbox. Nancy ran with that idea and came up with an even better idea. Rather than wood, she thought we could have the blueprint scanned, and have her mother print the file on canvas (Joan has a large photo printer). The canvas could be stiffened so that it would not crack, and would be easier and lighter to store when we were actually watching TV. Truly a family project.

The last bit of the TV project was to come up with a way to keep the swivel hanger and thus TV from moving when the boat was underway. Nancy came up with a nylon strap concept. She got nylon strapping and buckles from Seattle Fabric, and I got Footman’s loops from Fisheries (Apparently the name Footman’s loop goes back to the days of horse-drawn coaches – the footman would hang on to a strap through the loop that was attached to the side of the coach).

Swivel mount for TV with straps to keep it close to the wall

Swivel mount for TV with straps to keep it close to the wall

Nancy then sewed the straps on her new Sailrite heavy-duty canvas sewing machine (a Christmas present). With the new straps in place, the television and swivel bracket will be secure in the roughest seas.  We added modern-day rabbit ears, and we could watch TV.    And the television has a great picture too.

New TV with its swivel mount

New TV with its swivel mount. Wall mounted Ukulele makes it a true Entertainment Center

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One Response to Furniture comes to the Gyrfalcon

  1. Dean Rodwell says:

    Enjoyed the update, it ‘s happening, Dean & Phoebe

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