In the 30-year life of s/v Rainy Days, the interior upholstery has undergone several changes between the original denim-colored brushed corduroy (31 years ago) to the more recent coffee-colored vinyl.
The Old Vinyl Upholstery
The interior-grade (coffee-colored) vinyl lasted about 5 years without showing any signs of wear until our month-long sailing trip this past July.
|In July, several bubbles appeared in the vinyl--the vinyl was actually lifting off the |
backing material in these small areas.
|The small deteriorating areas turned into larger areas such as the above. Based on this experience, |
I would not recommend an interior-grade vinyl be used for boat upholstery.
|Replacing the boat's upholstery was not one of the things we planned to do before leaving but |
because the vinyl was deteriorating so quickly, we didn't think we could postpone it.
Selecting the New Fabric
|A close up view of our fabric selection for our new upholstery. |
It is called "Spa" and it is in the Fusion line by Sunbrella.
Plush New Fabric Upholstery
|The new upholstery in place on the port settee.|
|Because we have two cats who like to scratch things, it was important that I recover |
their scratching post with new jute rope--this is mounted just in front of one of the
arms of the starboard settee.