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Old 06-05-2015, 03:22 PM   #1
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interior custom cabinet/settee ?

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My wife and I just bought a PT 38 and are interested in building a cabinet and settee unit in the salon. This model has 3 large engine access panels in the floor of the salon which, when removed, allow great access but open up almost the entire floor. There still seems enough room on starboard side to build a cabinet with a helm seat and foot rest connected to a settee. There is only a couch there now and a barstool type chair for the lower helm.

Does anyone know of a set of plans or book that might address this need ?

I might find a local shipwright to draw out everything then build it myself but that cost could be avoided if I had some working plans to go off of. I have the time and enough skill in woodshop to do this. Thank you for any information.

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This is what we did . Might give you an idea .put cubby holes with doors that drop down under the seat and drawers under the step .
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Here it is finished .
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My Nova Heritage has a built In settee added to the main salon. Under the "bench" part are two large blanket boxes that hold a lot and can be pulled out to use as ottoman/footrests as well. Send me your email and I'll shoot you some pictures.
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Man, that is some sweet work, Marty. Could you do that to mine when you get a chance?
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Man, that is some sweet work, Marty. Could you do that to mine when you get a chance?
Larry I've seen your work . You don't need my help .
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Photo LOOKS good but, a slab of plywood with upholstry on top may not be very comfortable for long.

Couches and car seats ( Springs) are built the way they are for a purpose!
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Photo LOOKS good but, a slab of plywood with upholstry on top may not be very comfortable for long.

Couches and car seats ( Springs) are built the way they are for a purpose!
You're right it's only comfortable for a little bit . We needed storage so it was a trade off . I would like to get a nice helm chair sometime but I would have to rip all this out and start over .
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Photo LOOKS good but, a slab of plywood with upholstry on top may not be very comfortable for long.

Couches and car seats ( Springs) are built the way they are for a purpose!

Other than a "home" couch I have never seen a boat with a spring seat.. spent time on multi million dollar boats and not a one.. a PROPERLY built multi density cushion is plenty comfortable.

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If I understand you correctly, part of the hatches intrude on the footprint of what you would like to build. I have built dinettes in two boats that overhung the engine hatches.
One, had a false floor (deck) under the whole thing overhanging the hatches 7"-8" spaced 5"-6" up off the main deck. This allowed the hatches to be removed. I may have a picture.
Second, no false floor but the seating overhung the hinged hatches but the base & drawers did not. Picture attached.
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yes, thanks for all input

Thanks for these comments. I do like the bench seat/cabinetry set up, very nice and, for me, a seat that becomes a bit less comfortable after four hours on a six hour watch is a good thing; keeps me alert.

Yes, my problem to solve is exactly that the engine hatches do intrude on footprint of where I need to build. I have to have a plan for a less deep settee/cabinet unit that might still work (maybe only for sitting, not wide enough for adult berth as an extra). I also have the question of a table in front of unit. If fixed and short enough for a single adjustable post it would have to be bolted to a hatch cover. that seems very awkward. A table that is not fixed is fine in the slip but outside the Golden Gate it is usually not a good thing. Have you ever seen a table top that swings out from a settee , integrated, collapsible but sturdy ?
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...a PROPERLY built multi density cushion is plenty comfortable. HOLLYWOOD
When we replaced the foam on cushions and backs, I realized what a difference in quality/build there is. And don't take the word the guy doing the work that's good foam. You get what you pay for. After 3 yeas the "new" foam was in worst shape that the original foam that was 11 plus years old and had heavy use.
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One hassle with foam is the "dual purpose" nonsense.

The density required to sit on is vastly different from what is used to sleep on.

Sleep the sleep on the dropped dinette table deal doesn't work well.

"Other than a "home" couch I have never seen a boat with a spring seat.. spent time on multi million dollar boat"

Once the boat is large enough purchased seats and couches seem to be the norm.,,,40 Meters , not 40 feet.

However the RV industry provides a vast assortment of real comfortable interior items..

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