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Boat Refit Tips: Soft Goods

Soft goodsSoft Goods: This is usually the itch that starts it all, when dated colors or tired fabrics just become unbearable. And, according to interior designer Shelley DiCondina of Yacht Interiors by Shelley, “It’s also a great budget refit because it doesn’t require tearing up the boat.”

Don’t just stop at changing the curtains and the cushions and the seating fabrics, though. Rethink the entire look, perhaps replacing drapes with Roman blinds, changing the headboards in the staterooms to match all new bedspreads, and taking advantage of new marine fabrics that have seen great improvements in both quality and wearability. Many of the new “outdoor” fabrics feel and look like expensive interior goods. 

Capt. Bill’s Tip:Does your interior designer subcontract the fabrication of curtains, bedspreads, and other products? Call your boat’s manufacturer—there may be a small, cut-out-the-middleman shop that does everything on-premises. New curtains for Betty Jane cost $1,200 from such a place; vs. the $2,300 (or thereabouts) interior designers were quoting. Nice, precise job, too.