Funny what a shade of white can do to a room.
Check out the before and after of the front room of FLO after a basic coat of white paint.
Basically, while I was in Indo, I had a pal slap on a rudimentary coat of parchment colored paint all over the front room. (PS - that hatch in the floor, I could fish out of if I wanted to, or scuba dive :) - anyway, I just wanted to see how white brightened the dated look of the Flo Bo. What a dif. It's like it bleeds out into the horizon/abyss with the masts of the other sailboats. It was a simple test before I begin a simple remodel.
Yah - that's the news. The AWESOME design I did for the revamp of the FLO was all for naught. I would have to haul the Flo out of the water to do it and it will be outrageously expensive and not only that, no yard can take it. It's too big. The level of work to be done is just too, too much to do in the slip. C'est la vie.
So - I took a breather. Had a cocktail x 10 and regrouped 1/2 way across the world. This is how all good things come to pass. I'm gonna spend way less money, figure out that simple things I can do in the slip - (new floors, new windows, paint job, change railing, build new bathrooms, change all furniture out, new kitchen - lots of INT stuff and then really assess the EXT and what simple tweaks I can make to make it more ME). Not what I originally wanted to, but it will give me the funky little beach shack that is a perfect drop off spot for me and my life til I buy some land, but a proper house and get a goat and a garden.
I have the next few months to play with all this and I cant wait to get into it and just have fun with what I'm able to do. I'll keep posting about all the updates and tweaks - but I think this way A/ I will spend way, way less and B/ it will have much more character. Plus, now I can buy the airstream for what I was gonna spend on the Flo. Need that added to my moving cadre of insanity. I miss my Mexico days with my little 14' solar trailer!
And, guess what, I will still end up with a kick ass little joint that makes me happy. Garden on top. Highest 360' view in the marina on a floating vessel. And, best of all AFFORDABLE. Freedom means more to me right now than anything...so, life is good!
Also - some stuff coming soon on the Enola (my 36' Magellan/Chung Hwa ketch) - it's in the yard right now - just got a killer new paint job, new prop and about to install a new radar set up. Moving along on that one - plus with the new canvas. NICE.