Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Settee Conversion

In about a week, this will be a single sette
Scott and I mentioned how we were not interested in a 'project boat' this time around, but the fact is - any boat you buy, whether it be straight out of the mold or twenty five years old, will be 'project boat' at some level.  No boat will have everything you are looking for and you'll inevitably want to change/add/modify a few things as time goes on.  While we have a pretty solid list of to-do's for Asante (more on this later), one of the more unique projects underway is the conversion of our two starboard side seats into one settee.

I'm sure there are cruisers who love the two seat layout (which is common on so many boat designs) and there are probably benefits to this design for some.  In my opinion, however, this setup is a complete waste of space that would be much better utilized as a full settee.  First of all, a settee provides a little more seating room, and second (and most important) it also provides an extra sea berth or bunk.  When we first looked at Asante, we did not like this layout one bit and almost considered walking away based on this small cosmetic fact alone.  The pros, however, outweighed the cons and we knew the conversion from two seats to one was something we could easily outsource to a yacht carpenter.  Which is what we did, and Juan has been doing some great work for us since we took ownership.
Yes, that is an air conditioning unit you see.  Our new boat has AC.  Insane.
The project is well underway and should be complete in about a week.  I'm going to have to order a new cushion to fit the modified design, but I'm very happy we'll have a nice place for crew to nap while underway!  I'll post pics of the finished settee once completed!

Brittany, Scott & Isla


SailFarLiveFree said...

It's always scary to cut/remove/modify a boat, particularly one as beautiful as Asante. Will the port settee also serve duty as a sea berth?

Windtraveler said...

Yep, port side will also be a sea berth. :) Not too scary to make modifications when you have a skilled professional doing them :)

Mid-Life Cruising! said...

Great idea! I think we'd do the same if our sailboat didn't have a full settee. Looking forward to the finished product ... money well spent!

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