Tidy up...

Teak Deck Oyster 406

Week 75. As Sephina goes in the water in a few weeks, it's time to do the last minute jobs. Also a major completion job starts this week. The upholsters arrive. So this weekend meant that we had to get Sephina clean and ready. Barry from TLC and Paul started on an enormous jigsaw puzzle. The pieces were the "overheads" and locker linings and shelves. They were originally taken off some 18 months ago. As we have replaced the stained cupboards in the forward part of the saloon there were always going to be some pieces left over. However there are other pieces missing and a whole shelf assembly that for the life of us we can't identify where it might go. I might need to ask other Oyster 406 owners for a location report! My wife has again been on cleaning duty and has scrubbed the head linings as they have been replaced. The target was to get all the clutter and tools off the boat so the upholster can have free range. The choice of material has been a journey. On Barry's advice we chose "The Boatshed" in Port Dinorwic and this was 18 months ago. Originally we wanted to brighten up the interior so chose a white leather effect material. Then Stephen from The Boatshed visited Sephina and told us we couldn't put it on an Oyster as it would look too cheap. Back to the drawing board. Finally we choose a suede effect material, suffice it to say, it was a lot more expensive. It looks very sumptuous but is as hard wearing as the cheaper plastic. My wife decided to put it to the test. She subjected a sample to the following:- Oil, curry, turmeric, red wine, marmite and even bright red nail varnish painted directly on. Followed by robust cleaning with bleach, milton and Jif. (Cif to the new generation.) Unbelievably, they all came out and the material looked untouched. Decision made and order put through. We can't wait to see it in place this week. The team are coming on site to make and ensure a custom fit. We have requested the aft cabin bed be particularly comfortable with the use of memory foam as we will have to live on it for 3 years. Finally a most important job has been completed. The followers of the site will know that the initial problem with Sephina that started the whole refit was the leaking chain plates. Today they were finally sealed. Not once but twice. Firstly, by bonding the deck to the plates with Sika 292i and secondly by bonding custom stainless steel cover plates using arbomast. No water will dare to find its way into the lockers again!. This weekend also saw a number of visitors admiring Sephina.