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Give your boat interior a fresh look

By Author Fiona McGlynn

Posted on Last updated: August 4, 2023


When we first moved aboard, our sailboat interior was a mess and we didn’t have the money to update it . We wanted to go cruising and our priorities were things like new sails, rigging, fiberglass repair, and electronics.

As much as I wanted a beautiful boat interior it was impossible to justify hiring an interior designer or updating the upholstery when we didn’t even have a dependable bilge pump! Fortunately, I found some creative boat interior design ideas and was able to makeover our sailboat for next to nothing.

In addition to sharing our boat interior restoration ideas, I’ve included my favorite boat interior photos from Pinterest and Instagram to further stoke your inspiration!

A quick note that this post contains affiliate links (so if you purchase through a link we’ll earn a small commission). The opinions are our own.


As un-fun as it might be, a deep clean is the cheapest way to radically brighten your interior. It’s especially affordable if you use homemade boat cleaners. Dirty boat upholstery, mildewed cabin liners, and salt-encrusted hatches made our boat feel damp, dark, and generally unpleasant.

Deep cleaning (after years of neglect) drastically improved the boat cabin’s appearance and gave me a better idea of where to focus our boat interior makeover.

  • Professionally launder your upholstery
  • Wipe down the cabin liners with vinegar to prevent mildew and mold
  • Wash hatches to maximize natural light
  • Clean under all the cabin soles and the edges of any rotting boards
  • Wash the walls and treat any wood with the appropriate wax, oil, or varnish
  • Scrub out the bilge to prevent that boaty smell.

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One of the great challenges of sailboat interior design is lighting. I’ve always felt that living on our sailboat is like living in a basement apartment because it is totally lacking in natural light !

One of the quickest ways to brighten things up is to install marine LED lights. The key to making LED boat lights look great, is placement.

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The 3 best places to places to put LED strip lights on a sailboat

1. Under counter lighting. They look especially nice under cupboards or overhangs because the light strip is hidden.

View this post on Instagram < New battery installed! Lights and radio work. There’s LED strip lights which are great, but in the future we may need to swap those out for the multi colored ones. Our house has party-mode, the boat should too! #catalina22 #sailing #boatlife A post shared by SV Buza Sasha (@sv_buza_sasha) on Jul 11, 2018 at 5:18am PDT

2. LED rope lights make great courtesy lights . Tuck strip lighting on either side of a walkway to help guests navigate in the dark.

Battery operated fairy lights look cute coiled in a jar of seashells and are another easy way to add decorative lighting because no wiring is required. For the same reason, Solar Luci lamps and Solar Luci strings are a great option for lighting the cockpit.


Ditch those damp cotton sheets and invest in hydrophobic options like 100% polyester. If you have a vberth, quarter berth, or non-standard sized bed, you may want to spend a few extra bucks on custom fitted boat sheets.

I know many cruisers who swear by memory foam mattresses and the Hypervent mattress pad for preventing condensation. If you like duvets and comforters, consider a mulberry silk option because it’s mold and mildew resistant.


Add a splash of color to a dark bathroom with cheerful microfiber towels , Or, if you don’t want to feel like you’re camping, try the more luxurious quick-drying Turkish towels .

Tie them in with a cute wall-mounted soap dispenser and a spill-proof whicking air freshener and you’re on your way


  • Replace a rusted or dull faucet with a sparkling new one with a pull-down sprayer.
  • Splash-out with colorful dish towels
  • Use biodegradable loofas and scrubbies instead of plastic
  • Pick up non-breakable dishware and glassware in fun patterns and designs.
  • Create extra space with chopping board stove and sink covers
  • Add custom knife, wine, and spice racks
  • Add a green bar to keep greens fresh without a fridge
View this post on Instagram Boat decor #sundance #sailboat #sailboatlife #sailboatlifestyle #1969 #tartansailboat #sailboatinteriordesign #sailboatinteriors #maltetaller A post shared by Sundance Sailboat (@sundancesailboat1969) on Aug 15, 2017 at 5:32pm PDT


Reupholstering a boat is the single most expensive part of a sailboat interior refit but it makes a huge difference. It costs thousands of dollars if you hire someone to do it. Fortunately there are a few tricks we used to avoid a full upholstery overhaul.

  • Fun throw cushions and blankets can give your interior new life (and cover stained or threadbare upholstery)
  • Packed out seat cushions can be easily fixed by inserting a layer of high-density foam and batting on top of the existing foam.
  • If your upholstery is in really bad shape you may want to sew elasticated cushion coverlets that go over the top side of the cushion (it’s also a good way to protect nice new upholstery from boat projects (see: dirt, grease, and sweat stains).
  • You can reupholster your boat for a fraction of the cost if you do the sewing yourself. It’s possible to score good deals on durable materials and marine-grade fabrics online. Also, if you’re not a sewer but you’re going cruising, you may want to bring your boat interior fabric with you and have the cushions sewn up in a place like Mexico or Fiji. We eventually had all of our saloon cushions sewn up for $100 USD in Ensenada, Mexico.

If you choose to reupholster your boat, look for boat interior upholstery fabric . You don’t have to worry (as much) about finding a waterproof or UV-resistant fabric (because it will be inside). However, always choose a synthetic fabric , heavy-duty nylon thread, and plastic zippers. Cotton will eventually rot and metal zippers will rust. You can get away with not using marine upholstery but natural fibers are a big no-no!



Securely fasten art, photos, and souvenirs to your walls. Mirrors are great for creating the illusion of space.

Privacy curtains are also a good way to add a splash of color and are straightforward to make

View this post on Instagram My husband’s an artist…the cat approves 🐙🤣 . . . . . #catvskraken #sailboat #chalk #artist #sailboatinteriors #chalkboardart #kraken #catsofinstagram #meow #liveaboard #fridayvibes #fridaymood #instamoment #talent #husbandskills #saltytails @sv_saltytails A post shared by Erin 🌊🌴⛵🐚👙☉ (@erin_svsaltytails) on Jul 27, 2018 at 2:42pm PDT
View this post on Instagram After all of the sanding, refinishing, painting, ripping out old floors and carpet, we’re really loving our space. There are more projects to do, but we’re enjoying the results so far! When we originally bought our boat back in December, we had enough time to take care of the “must do’s” so this summer we are spending the time to really make her ours! . . . . . . #lightandbright #sailboat #sailboatinteriors #woodwork #overhaul #huntersailboats #cherubini #interiordesign #laboroflove #tinyliving #liveaboard #boatlife #sailors #ourhome #takingabreak #fornow #summerprojects #traveler #travelblog #results #saltytails @sv_saltytails A post shared by Erin 🌊🌴⛵🐚👙☉ (@erin_svsaltytails) on Jul 22, 2018 at 11:27am PDT


Painting panels in light colors can brighten and modernize a boat cabin and set off teak trim. We repainted our red and blue fiberglass bathroom white and it made the space feel much bigger. It also makes it easy to clean because you can see the dirt.

View this post on Instagram #beforeandafter #boatrestoration #vintagesailing #menorca #sailing #boat #sailboat #sailboatinteriors #boatinterior A post shared by Velero Vintage en Menorca (@vintagesailing) on May 1, 2018 at 5:02pm PDT


Boats are always short on storage space but a few decorative baskets and storage containers can really improve the look of the space while giving you more room to tuck things away.



Let your imagination run wild. A feature wall, table, or piece of artwork can really change the feel of a sailboat interior. Have fun with colors, patterns, and make your new floating home your own.

View this post on Instagram #sailboat #boatlife #boatlifestyle #sailboatinteriors #ceder #liveedge #boatlifestyle #vancouver #boatinterior #art #windspirit #homesweethome #liveaboard #westcoastliving A post shared by @ arana_arte on Nov 2, 2017 at 9:13am PDT

If you’re still feeling overwhelmed about revamping your sailboat interior you may want to consider hiring professional help . There are plenty of interior designers who would welcome the challenge of working on a boat! Look for someone who has experience designing for small spaces and tiny homes.

We hope you enjoyed this list of custom boat interior ideas…

Good luck with your sailboat makeover.

Fiona McGlynn

Fiona McGlynn is an award-winning boating writer who created Waterborne as a place to learn about living aboard and traveling the world by sailboat. She has written for boating magazines including BoatUS, SAIL, Cruising World, and Good Old Boat. She’s also a contributing editor at Good Old Boat and BoatUS Magazine. In 2017, Fiona and her husband completed a 3-year, 13,000-mile voyage from Vancouver to Mexico to Australia on their 35-foot sailboat.

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Posted on Published: April 13, 2022  - Last updated: June 13, 2022

Azimut Atlantis 50 foot yacht interior design

A yacht is really just a luxury floating home . When you’re talking 70 feet and larger, they’re a lot nicer than my house. As you’ll see in the luxury yacht interiors below, the quality and aesthetics are simply gorgeous. And we merely feature a small handful of such boats. There are thousands and thousands of these worldwide.

Our epic yacht interiors article is split into 5 galleries:  staterooms, guest bedrooms , salons and dinettes, kitchens and bathrooms. The point of this article is to merely give you a glimpse inside these ultra expensive boats… expensive to buy, run and maintain. Be sure to also check out our yacht decks galleries .

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Yacht Primary Bedrooms (Staterooms)

We kick off our yacht interiors gallery with the stateroom. When it comes to the primary bedroom on these boats, no expense is spared. They are large, comfortable and stunning in design. These bedrooms are bigger than our primary bedroom.

Tecnomar Velvet 83 foot luxury yacht - primary bedroom


Yacht Guest Bedrooms (2 Beds)

Many guest bedrooms on a yacht have two beds so that it can accommodate more people. However, they are, as you’ll see below, still very, very luxurious. These are certainly cozy sleeping quarters.

Abacus 70 foot - bedroom 2 beds

Salon and Dinette Photos

My favorite room on the boat is the salon and/or dinette area. In many cases, the dinette doubles as the living room. Mega yachts have dedicated salons and dining areas. I love these superb lounge designs below in the cabin as well as the upper lounge areas.

Large yacht salon interior

I must admit that kitchens on these super yachts are fairly small. I guess the cooking is done by the staff and yacht owners prefer to have more space for bedrooms, deck space and lounge space. That makes sense given there really is limited space. Nevertheless, these kitchens are gorgeous and the yacht designers certainly didn’t skimp with respect to quality.

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Most boats dedicate very little space to bathrooms. Not these. The primary bathrooms below are incredible. The smaller bathrooms are guest bathrooms. These luxury yachts are so large and spacious that even the bathrooms are both beautiful and comfortable to use.

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Ready to Take Your Boat Interior Makeover to the Next Level?

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Are you looking to take your boat interior makeover to the next level? Do you want to transform your yacht’s interior into something more luxurious? With the right materials, tools, and design, you can give your boat a complete makeover that will turn heads. With this guide, you’ll have the know-how to plan, execute, and finish your boat’s makeover to make it look like a million bucks.

Goal of the Makeover

When considering a yacht interior makeover, it is important to have a clear goal in mind. Are you looking to give the yacht a modern, luxurious look? Or do you want to create a warm and inviting atmosphere?

Do you plan to add new furniture, customize existing pieces, or both? Having a clear goal of what you want to achieve will help guide the rest of your makeover.

To ensure that you make the right decisions, it is important to invest in research and planning. Start by assessing your budget and determining how much you can realistically spend on the makeover.

Decide on a design and style that fits your vision. Once you have these two steps figured out, you can move on to selecting the right materials and tools.

Consider if you need to hire a professional or if you can handle the makeover yourself. With the right approach, you can take your boat interior makeover to the next level.

Planning Your Makeover

Planning your makeover is a key step to ensure that the outcome looks and feels exactly how you envisioned it. To begin, assess your budget and decide how much you are willing to spend on the makeover.

It is important to be realistic and be aware that the materials and tools needed to execute the makeover can become costly. Once you have set your budget, choose a design and style that best suits your needs, making sure to match the theme of the boat. Research different options and narrow down a few that you like.

Choose the materials and tools you need to complete the makeover. Consider the age of the boat, the types of materials that will stand up to the elements, and the styling that will give you the desired look.

Invest in high-quality tools and materials that will last longer and look better. Be sure to use non-toxic materials with low volatile organic compounds (VOCs), as these are better for the environment and health of passengers.

Decide if you will hire a professional to complete the makeover or if you would like to do it yourself.

If you opt to hire a professional, make sure to check reviews, ask for references and compare prices. If you decide to do the makeover yourself, be sure to have the proper safety equipment, such as gloves, a respirator, and eye protection. With careful planning and the right materials and tools, you will be ready to take your boat interior makeover to the next level.

Assessing Your Budget

It is important to take your time to assess your budget for your yacht interior makeover. It is essential to create a budget and stick to it.

Setting a budget does not mean that you have to compromise on the quality of the materials; it just means that you are being smart about your purchases. Once you know your budget and the materials that you want to use, you can start searching for a professional to help you with the renovation. You should also consider the cost of labor when assessing your budget.

Hiring a professional to do the job can be expensive, but it is worth it in the long run.

You may also want to consider doing some of the labor yourself, as this can help save money. If you do decide to do some of the labor yourself, make sure you have all the right tools and materials for the job. Make sure you are comfortable taking on the task.

Keep in mind that even if you have a budget, you don’t have to completely stick to it. It’s important to be flexible and adjust your budget if you find a better deal.

Don’t be afraid to do a little research to see if you can get the best deal on materials. You may be able to find some bargains if you shop around. Having a budget is a great way to make sure you get the perfect yacht interior makeover, and also ensure that you don’t overspend.

Choosing a Design and Style

Choosing a design and style for your yacht interior makeover can be a daunting task. It’s important to take your time and make sure you get it right. You want to decide which aesthetic you want to create.

Do you want it to be classic, modern, minimalist, or something else? You also want to think about which color palette you would like to use.

Once you have an idea of the look you are going for, you can start looking for inspiration from other interiors. Look at pictures and designs from magazines, websites, and even other boats.

In addition to deciding on your aesthetic, you also need to consider how you want the space to be used. Do you want it to be functional, with built-in storage, tables, and seating?

Or do you just want it to be a relaxing and inviting area?

Also think about what kind of materials you want to use. Do you want to use natural materials such as wood and stone, or do you want something more modern and contemporary?

You can also consider using some decorative accents like rugs and curtains. Make sure you take your time and don’t rush into any decisions.

You want to make sure that you get the look you are going for. Take into account your budget and any other limitations that you may have. Think about how you will maintain the space once it’s finished. Cleaning and upkeep are key for any boat interior makeover, so make sure you plan for that as well. With a little research and planning, you can create a beautiful yacht interior makeover that you’ll be proud of.

Materials and Tools

When it comes to your boat interior makeover, materials and tools are key. Before getting started, it’s important to assess what materials and tools you’ll need. Choose materials that are durable, affordable, and easy to maintain.

You’ll also need the right tools to get the job done. Consider renting or purchasing power tools if needed.

If you feel like you’re a bit out of your depth, consider hiring a professional to help you with your makeover.

A professional has the experience and the skills needed to handle all aspects of the makeover. You can also find DIY projects online if you want to do the project yourself. Be sure to start with easy-to-manage projects and work your way up as you gain experience.

Once you’ve finished the makeover, it’s time to think about finishing touches. Adding accessory details can make all the difference in how your makeover looks and feels.

Think about adding some nautical-inspired pieces, such as ropes, anchors, and flags. Stand back and admire your work – you’ll be ready to take your boat interior makeover to the next level!

Choosing the Right Materials

When it comes to interior makeover of your boat, it is essential to choose the right materials. From fabrics to furniture and flooring, there is a variety of options available.

Before selecting the materials, it is important to consider the budget, durability and maintenance. If you have a large budget, leather furniture, marble or granite flooring, and luxurious fabrics are perfect for a high-end look.

If you’re looking for something a bit more affordable, you can go for vinyl, synthetic fabrics and composite materials. Whatever materials you choose, quality is key. Investing in quality materials will ensure your boat lasts longer and looks great in the long run.

Be sure to research the available options and pick materials that are built to last and easy to maintain. It’s also good to consider the climate and weather conditions in the area you’ll be using your boat in. This will help you choose materials that are suitable for the environment.

Tools for the Job

When it comes to creating your boat interior makeover, you need the right tools. Investing in quality tools will make all the difference in the end result. If you plan on hiring a professional, make sure to ask them about the tools they will be using.

Ask for their recommendations for the job at hand.

If you plan on doing the makeover yourself, make sure to purchase the proper tools to get the job done right. Look for tools that are sturdy and long-lasting. Quality tools will help ensure that your makeover will last for a long time.

Many people opt for cordless tools, as they are easy to handle, can be used in tight spaces, and can save you time in the long run. High-end tools often come with warranty coverage, so be sure to find the best tool that fits your budget.

Make sure you have the right safety gear and protective eyewear when using tools. Always double check that all tools are in working condition before use to avoid any potential accidents.

Be sure to store all tools properly and safely when you’re done working. Taking the time to choose and use the right tools will make all the difference in your interior makeover.

Executing the Makeover

It’s time to execute your boat interior makeover to give it the look you envision. The key is to be prepared and to know what you want.

To get the makeover done right, you’ll need the right materials, the right tools, and the right professional help. Start by assessing your budget. This will help you determine the number of materials and tools you need, and the amount of professional help required.

Once you know your budget, you can decide on the design and style to make sure it matches the look and feel you want.

Select the best materials and tools for your project. Different materials have different properties, so it’s important to choose wisely. You’ll need to make sure you have the right tools to get the job done.

If you’re not comfortable with the task at hand, you can always hire a professional to help you. This ensures that the project is done right and your boat will look amazing. Add accessory details and finishing touches to give your boat a unique look.

Choosing a Professional

If you want your interior makeover to be done right, it may be beneficial to hire a professional to help you. Not only can they provide expertise and advice, but they may also have access to resources that you don’t.

Be sure to do your homework and research professionals in the area to make sure you’re getting the right person for the job. Ask for references, read reviews and make sure they have the right credentials.

If your budget allows it, the right professional can be invaluable in helping you get the most out of your makeover. A good professional can offer guidance on what materials and tools are best for the job, as well as advice on how to get the most out of your budget. They can also help you develop a timeline for completing the project, which can help you avoid costly delays. Hiring the right professional can help you achieve the look you want for a fraction of the cost and time.

DIY Solutions

If you are looking to take your yacht interior makeover to the next level without having to hire a professional, there are a few things you can do to DIY it! First off, you will want to make sure you have the right materials and tools.

You will need paint, fabrics, and other materials that fit the design you have chosen. You will also need a few tools, like a sander, nail gun, screwdriver, and other basic tools.

Once you have everything you need, you can begin to work on your makeover. When it comes to executing the makeover, you will need to be careful and take your time. You want your yacht interior to look as pristine as possible.

Take extra precautions when painting and sanding, as you want to make sure you get the best results in the end. If you are up for the challenge, you can tackle the makeover yourself.

If you are not confident, it is best to seek a professional’s help. In the end, you will love the results and be proud of the transformation!

Final Touches

Final touches are the key to completing your boat interior makeover and making it stand out. Make sure to accessorize your makeover in a way that complements your chosen style and design.

Look for furniture pieces, artwork and decorations that bring the space together. Make sure to measure the space you are working with to ensure that the pieces you choose fit and look good. Consider adding curtains, rugs and plants to bring a sense of life to your space.

Choose colors that contrast and complement each other to add to the overall look and feel. Pay attention to the details, such as adding new hardware to cabinetry and drawers, and making sure all trim is in good condition. If your budget allows, add one or two special pieces or accent items to really give your makeover a final personal touch.

Adding Accessory Details

Adding accessory details is an important part of your boat interior makeover. To make sure you don’t miss out any important details, it’s best to create a list of items you need and prioritize the ones that are most important. When it comes to accessories, you should consider both practical and aesthetic accessories such as lighting, seating, and décor pieces.

Try to keep a consistent design and color palette to give your vessel a unified look.

Think about how your accessories will be used and if they are durable enough to handle the harsh weather conditions out at sea. When choosing accessories, pick items that best suit your needs and budget.

Stainless steel and brass accents are best for a modern look, while vintage pieces and antique fixtures add a classic touch. Lighting fixtures should be strong and weather resistant, while furniture should be comfortable and durable.

If you’re on a tight budget, consider shopping for second-hand items or use DIY techniques to save on costs. Don’t forget to add the little things that can make your interior unique. Invest in a few statement pieces, such as area rugs, artwork, or custom cushions, to give your boat interior a personal touch. Accessories are the perfect finishing touch to your boat interior makeover, so take your time to choose the right ones and ensure you are creating a space that will last you for years to come.

Finishing Touches

Finishing touches are the icing on the cake of your yacht interior makeover. It’s important to take the time to get them right, as these small details will make a huge difference in the overall impression of your yacht. Start with soft and hard furnishings, such as cushions, carpets and upholstery for chairs and benches.

Consider fabrics and prints that will bring texture and harmony to your yacht’s interior.

Add pillows, throws, and rugs to further liven up the space. Choose lighting fixtures that will enhance the atmosphere and bring warmth to the room. Remember that the finishing touches should complement the overall look of your yacht and be a reflection of your style and personality.

Taking on a boat interior makeover can seem like a daunting task, but with the right plan and preparation, you can turn your boat into a luxurious oasis. To start, it’s important to assess your budget and determine how much you are willing to invest in the makeover. Once you have an idea of your budget, you can choose the right materials, tools, and professionals to help with the makeover.

When you are ready to begin, be sure to choose the right materials and tools for the job, such as paints, fabric, and furniture, to ensure the makeover will last for years. For those looking for a DIY solution, there are plenty of tutorials and guides available online to help you along the way.

Be sure to add the finishing touches to create the perfect atmosphere, such as adding accessories, lighting, and texture. With the right plan and preparation, you can take your boat interior makeover to the next level.

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Yacht Interior Design Trends: Crafting Your Floating Masterpiece

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Having a yacht is more than just owning a big boat; it’s about creating a space on the water that feels like yours. The way you design the inside of your yacht can say a lot about you, and there are tons of cool trends these days that help make your yacht feel homely, stylish, and super comfy. This article isn’t just a list of what’s in style right now; it’s a guide to help you find ways to make your yacht’s interior design feel personal and practical, using the latest and greatest ideas from the design world.

Customizing Your Space

Making it yours.

Gone are the days when every yacht looked the same on the inside. Now, it’s all about making your space reflect who you are. Think about having furniture made just for your yacht, or picking out art that tells a story about your travels. It’s all about creating a vibe that’s totally unique to you.

Practical Beauty

Yacht designers are getting super clever at combining cool looks with practicality. Hidden storage, furniture that serves more than one purpose, and neat ways to make the most of every inch are becoming more popular. Because why choose between good looks and usefulness when you can have both?

Going Green

Earth-friendly materials.

Being kind to the planet is a big deal, even when you’re designing your yacht’s interior. Bamboo, recycled stuff, and wood from places that take care of their forests are in. Not only do these materials look amazing, but they also help you do your bit for the earth.

Tech That Saves the Planet

Today’s yachts aren’t just reflections of good design; they’re also loaded with tech that’s better for the environment. Think solar panels, LED lights, and appliances that use less power. It’s all about having the coolest gadgets without leaving a big footprint.

Tech Everywhere

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Smart Yachts

Yachts are getting smarter, with tech that lets you control pretty much everything with a tap or a swipe. Lights, air conditioning, and even what music is playing can all be handled from your phone or a central panel.

Fun and Games

Entertainment technology has come a long way, too. Custom cinemas, incredible sound systems, and even virtual reality can make hanging out on your yacht feel like you’re in the future.

Wellness Onboard

Bathroom bliss.

More and more, yacht bathrooms are starting to feel like mini-spas. Imagine taking a bath while looking out at the ocean, or standing under a shower that feels like a warm rain. It’s all about turning those everyday moments into something special.

Stay Fit on the Water

For a lot of folks, staying healthy is a big deal, and now yachts are being designed with that in mind. Gyms, places to do yoga, and even spots for playing sports mean you can stay active while you’re enjoying the water.

Yacht interior design is constantly changing, with new trends that make your space more personal, eco-friendly, tech-savvy, and focused on wellness. But it’s not just about following what’s in style. It’s about creating a space that feels right for you, where every detail makes your time on the water even better.

If you’re thinking about giving your yacht an interior makeover, at Fly Yachts we’re all about helping you turn those ideas into reality. With the latest in design trends and a team that knows what they’re doing, we’re here to help you make your yacht truly yours.

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Ahoy Sailors, we discussed the importance of changing your boat's oils and filters last week. This week we are getting creative so that we can spruce up your boat’s interior for an affordable price. Next week we will be getting festive as we break down how to decorate your boat for the holidays and what should be on your decorating checklist.

As personal styles and trends change, you might want to spruce up your boat’s interior— or maybe the time has played its role, and it’s necessary. Here are some tips to give your boat’s interior an affordable makeover.

Start by Deep Cleaning

A deep clean is the cheapest way to brighten your interior radically. Dirty boat upholstery, mildewed cabin liners, and salt-encrusted hatches make a boat feel old and dirty. Deep cleaning is a great start that will drastically improve the boat cabin’s appearance and give you a better idea of where your focus should be on your boat’s interior. You can also:

  • Professionally launder your upholstery
  • Wipe down the cabin liners with vinegar to prevent mildew and mold
  • Wash hatches to increase natural light
  • Clean under all the cabin soles and the edges of any rotting boards
  • Wash the walls and treat any wood with the proper wax, oil, or varnish
  • Scrub out the bilge to prevent any stale smells.

Install Interior Boat Lights

Living on a sailboat can be like living in a basement because of the lack of natural lighting. LED strip lights are a great and affordable way to brighten your cabin. LED strip lights look nice under cupboards or overhangs, and the light strip will be hidden, adding an elegant ambiance. They also make great courtesy lights. Tuck the strips on either side of walkways or at the base of any bench seating to help your guests navigate in the dark. Your boat will look classy, like a theater. Lastly, hide LED lights between panels or around hatches .  LED strip lights don’t look good mounted in the middle of the wall. It looks much tidier if you tuck them around a natural border like a panel or hatch.

Fresh Bedding and Accents

Your boat’s interior will look great with decorative accents. This could be either a mason jar filled with fairy lights and seashells or firm and tidy throw pillows and blankets. Also, purchase nice bedding to make the cabin look fresh and clean. Bathrooms look nice with wall-mounted soap dispensers and hand towels that add a splash of color. Whatever your personal style is, you can implement it into your accent pieces.

Glam Up the Galley

Clean up your galley by replacing rusted or dull faucets with shiny new ones. Add colorful dish towels to add some life and make the change to non-breakable dishes and glassware. There is no reason your galley can’t look as cute as your home’s kitchen. Next, create extra space on your countertops by adding a chopping board stove cover. Then you can bring in other fun pieces like spice racks or a kitchen utensil holder.

Interior Upholstery Alternatives

Reupholstering a boat is a costly part of a sailboat interior revamp, but it makes a huge difference. Suppose you want to spend less than the thousands of dollars it costs to hire someone to do it; there are a few tricks to avoid a complete upholstery overhaul.

– If your upholstery is in poor condition, you may want to sew elasticated cushion coverlets that go over the top side of the cushion—it’s also an excellent way to protect new upholstery from boat projects that bring dirt, grease, and sweat stains.

– Packed-out seat cushions can be fixed by   inserting a layer of high-density foam and batting it on top of the existing foam.

Accent Rugs Cover Worn Out Cabin Soles

Depending on the state of your cabin sole, it may be possible to refinish it, but it’s a big job, and results are not guaranteed. A sensible solution is to cover worn cabin soles with boat-friendly rugs, preventing further wear and tear. In addition, add slip-proof matting underneath to ensure your rugs are secure.

Bring Your Walls to Life

Securely fasten art, photos, and souvenirs to your walls. In addition, mirrors are great for creating the illusion of space. Privacy curtains are also an excellent way to add a splash of color and are easy to make yourself if you choose.

Whiten Your Interior

Nautical colors are traditionally bright white with a solid contrasting navy blue. However, painting panels a light color can brighten and modernize a boat cabin and set off teak trim.

A fresh coat of paint is an excellent way to make your interior look fresh and new.

Tasteful Storage Bins

Boats are notoriously short on storage space, but a few decorative baskets and storage containers can improve the space’s look while giving you more room to tuck things away.

Personalized and Functional Window Coverings

The interior of a boat is usually function-first – you can’t go sailing if you have trinkets and souvenirs cluttering your surfaces. However, window coverings are a great way to personalize your space and comprise your color scheme. Choose a material that gives you privacy and keeps out the sun but be creative and reflect your style. If you have a sewing machine and know how to use it, a small amount of research will give you some great examples.

If you’re still feeling overwhelmed about revamping your sailboat interior or aren’t confident in your creative DIY skills, you can still consider hiring professional help. Plenty of interior designers would welcome the challenge of working on a boat but look for someone with experience designing small spaces.

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Refresher course: How a design makeover can breathe new life into your superyacht

A design makeover will revitalise your yacht and boost its charter appeal, says Kate Lardy...

A yacht functions like an ecosystem, says interior designer Francesca Muzio: touching some aspects can compromise others, affecting comfort on board. “That is why we suggest approaching a refit in a cosmetic way,” says the head of FM Architettura d’Interni . Her firm’s philosophy is to reinterpret a yacht’s style without intervening too much in the existing structure. This also means a fast turnaround for owners who want their yachts ready for the next season.

With 2017 being a record year for brokerage sales, the refit market is correspondingly strong as buyers snap up boats, many of which need a

design refresh to reflect today’s tastes. “I’ve got something on my desk at the moment which is a very traditional, American-style interior, with dark woods and raised-and-fielded panelling,” says  Jonny Horsfield  of  H2 Yacht Design  in London. “It’s quite heavy and classic, and not what people want so much any more. The demand is for a lighter, fresher and more Mediterranean feel. The palette is much more neutral now with a little splash of colour.”

Painting or staining the existing wood panelling “completely changes the feel of the yacht”, adds Horsfield. Another trick is to cover it with leather. Other easy fixes, he says, include re-upholstering wall panels, replacing carpets and loose furniture, changing light fixtures and door hardware and adding new artwork. Horsfield recommends not swapping out the marble if possible, which he describes as a slow, messy process and it is “by far the most expensive item to change”. Another item he recommends to avoid is the ceiling – the cost doesn’t justify the limited difference it makes.

Ceilings were pretty much the only area he left untouched during the interior refit of 55 metre Turquoise three years ago. The new owner intended to keep her on the charter market, but first she needed a new look on a tight budget. “It hadn’t been chartering well; it looked drab in photos,” says Horsfield, who gave her a lighter but richer finish, using a bit of gloss and varnish played against beige leathers and stitching. “It is much more residential in feel, luxurious without offending anyone.”

For yachts being decorated for their owner’s sole use, Muzio points out that it’s no longer about being a slave to a particular style. “Today, the first conversation [with my clients] is about what they love to do on board, the experience that they want to have, the places they want to cruise.” She then creates something that reflects the owner’s lifestyle, not a design style.

Muzio says that without moving bulkheads or dismantling built-in furniture when possible, her company can transform a space. An example? The 63 metre Polar Star , a 2005 launch whose interiors emulated a French country house: she removed the classical details, covered wallpaper and used leather to mask walls and built-in furniture, giving the motor yacht a clean, modern look.

“Our cosmetic approach relies on a keen eye for rich and tactile materials, often handcrafted,” says Muzio. “It is a strategy we have perfected working with local craftsmen in our region of Le Marche in Italy. It allows us to modernise the style of a boat while giving it the character and comfort the owner desires.” Muzio recommends using bespoke pieces as much as possible. “A few years ago, people were attracted by brand names; today they want designs made specifically for them,” she says, and her firm fabricates these, working with a team of artisans.

Another company that loves to create is DKT Artworks in London, which specialises in bespoke artworks and decorative finishes, such as hand-painted and stucco finishes, and handcrafted murals – its artists often use fabric swatches from the designer as inspiration. They work with a lot of new-build projects, but co-founder and director Steve Keeling says that the pieces can be retrofitted. “Bedheads and feature walls can easily be done as long as what’s there already is in good shape and stable, and the structure behind can take the weight.”

In the end, the goal is to create something that feels like home. “A yacht is a place that is truly you,” says Muzio. “Surround yourself with things that are specific to you.”

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Making a Boat a Home: The Art of Decorating A Boat

  • By Brittany Meyers
  • Updated: August 23, 2013

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Many of you write us asking what the inside of our boat looks like. I’ve got some older pictures posted on our “ Boat ” page, but – as I mentioned back in the British Virgin Islands - we have been doing some redecorating, so things look a little different.

Let me start by saying that I am the type of person who revels in her surroundings. I need to live in a nice space. It doesn’t have to be expensive or fancy or perfectly coordinated, but a clean, cosy and organized living space is a must for me. Some might call it a a trait of the “fairer sex”, but believe me when I say I’ve met several women who could care less about their boat’s interiors. To each his own. But for me? It’s gotta look nice and it’s gotta be comfortable. To me, comfort is synonymous with happy cruising. Call it OCD, call it ‘being anal’ call it what you will – but clutter and chaos make me edgy, antsy and all out of sorts. Luckily, we bought a boat with so much storage we still have a load of empty spaces, so being clutter-free is not a problem for us. Point for the bigger boat…

Even still, when living on a boat function must always take precedence over form, so the phrase “interior decorating” is laughable. While there are plenty of ways to personalize and get creative, when it comes to a boat’s insides, for the most part, what you see is what you get. There’s no moving things around or rearranging furniture and your affinity for feng shui will have to fly out the porthole. You must be very mindful of anything frivolous and non-essential that you mount, place or hang, lest they become projectiles on a rough passage. That said, the inside of a boat and how “pretty” it looks should be the least of your concerns when boat shopping, but still – gorgeous interiors have sold more of their fair share of shoddy boats so it goes to show that not everyone is all function out here.

I like to think of us as a little of both (form and function); sure Scott could care less about our new throw pillows or the colors of our bedspread, but he also knows these things make me happy and so he let’s me go about my meager decorating attempts with little resistance. I tend to veer away from the “nautical” theme that so many seem to favor out here…after all, we do live on a boat, I don’t think we need lighthouse pillows and seashell wall accents to punctuate it – but that’s us. To personalize our space, we added some cheap non-skid floor mats, some professionally framed posters that have special meaning to us (we are from Chicago, we met and married in St. Joe). We also added some nice, colorful throw pillows, some custom baskets and storage containers and a few special knick-knacks we’ve collected here and there throughout the islands. Everything is mounted either with industrial strength velcro or museum putty (I love the stuff!!!) and we have been in pretty rough seas with nary a casualty. “A place for everything and everything in its place” as they say…

So with no further ado, here are some pics and a little tour of how we made our boat our home…

Our navigation station with all of Isla’s toys underneath. We plan on converting this to a forward facing nav station with a seat…to be continued…

This is looking aft at the expanded view of our walk-through – TONS of storage here. Full engine access is to the right.

Aft cabin. Again, tons of storage, king sized bed and we each have a built in “night stand” of sorts (not pictured)

Another view of the aft head – we have old fashioned rum labels mounted on wood on the starboard side – you can only see one but there are four. Very cool and brighten up the bathroom.

Our galley. As much as I despise cooking, I love this galley. Huge refrigerator with top and bottom door access as well as a HUGE locker for pots, pans and all the other kitchen equipment I hardly ever use.

Isla’s room. The one place where clutter reigns. She loves her little area and we are firm believers that while you CAN have too many toys, you can never have too many books!

When two people, with the same life long dream of sailing around the world find each other, there’s only one thing to do… make it happen! Scott and Brittany departed in 2010 with big plans to “see the world” from the deck of their sailboat. After sailing from Chicago to Trinidad via the “thorny path”, they are now back at it with their first baby and second boat. Check out all the juice at .

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These are the Yacht Interior Designers to Know

Designing a superyacht is a personal experience and involves making an overwhelming amount of choices.

By Sophie Killip

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For those seasoned individuals who have experience chartering yachts , visiting friends’ yachts, sailing the high seas, or maybe even purchasing their first pre-designed yacht, the next thrill might come from building their own vessel. Although designing your own superyacht is a truly personal experience, it also involves making an overwhelming amount of choices. This is why the first step to building a new superyacht should always be to choose a designer to work with – and there are several yacht interior designers you can choose from.

Whether it’s considering how the internal spaces of your yacht will work, what furniture or materials are used, or even working out the external design for your new vessel, collaborating with a designer will make the process of creating your dream superyacht as stress-free and easy as possible. To help, Elite Traveler has created a list of yacht interior (and exterior, in some cases) designers that should be on your radar – and if you’re also on the lookout for a new yacht builder, why not discover our list of the best luxury yacht builders in the world ?

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Winch Design

Our list of the best yacht interior designers kicks off with  Winch Design. Originally founded by Andrew Winch and his wife Jane in 1986, at the time it was known as Andrew Winch Designs. It was rebranded as Winch Designs in 2015 but has been one of the UK’s leading superyacht and private jet design studios for over thirty years. Winch Design’s yacht studio is now led by Jim Dixon and the team has created a multitude of extraordinary projects, all of which are highly bespoke and tailored to each client’s specific requests.

One of Winch Design’s most recent yacht projects was the 260 ft M/Y Excellence , which shipbuilder Abeking & Rasmussen say was its “most challenging project to date”. Its owner worked closely with the design studio to create a yacht with interiors inspired by the “Floridian East Cost Deco” style and that felt both personal to him and welcoming to any guest on board. “ Excellence was a very exciting project to be involved with and [she] tested the team to their creative limits,” says senior partner, Ignacio Oliva-Vele.

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Based in the UK, Terence Disdale Design is one of the yachting industry’s most respected design studios. The team works on both the interior and exterior design of some of the world’s most incredible yachts, with previous projects including M/Y Eclipse , one of the biggest superyachts in the world. The studio was founded by Terence Disdale, who – despite having no formal training – is one of the most sought-after designers in the industry.

Disdale set up his eponymous studio in 1972 after working for famous designer Jon Bannenberg (Bannenberg’s studio was also where Andrew Winch and Tim Heywood learned their craft). Across his extraordinary 40-year career Disdale and his studio have designed over 100 yachts, including more than 50 superyachts. His wide-ranging design style often follows the mantra of ‘beach house, not penthouse’, with concepts often finding inspiration from the ocean.

Sorgiovanni Designs

Australian yacht designer Sam Sorgiovanni’s career began after he studied Industrial Design and found his first position working for shipbuilder Oceanfast. It was thanks to the experience he gained at this renowned shipbuilder that Sorgiovanni decided to set up his own studio, launching Sorgiovanni Designs in 1997 in Fremantle, Western Australia. The studio has also recently opened an office in Monaco in order to expand its design services to Europe.

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Sorgiovanni believes it’s important to “keep one eye on the past” when designing projects, “in order to avoid making the same mistakes” as before. Previous yacht designs that he has worked on include the 390 ft Amana in collaboration with Oceanco, and the exteriors of the 270 ft Secret. When Sorgiovanni is not working on a particular project, he is also traveling the world to consult on yacht designs for clients, working with a variety of suppliers and shipbuilders.

Zaniz Studio

Yacht interior designer Zaniz Studio exterior of Luminosity

Next up on our list of the best yacht interior designers is Zaniz Studio. The company was founded in New York City by English-American designer Zaniz Jakubowski – who up until recently, had rarely been able to discuss her astounding portfolio of projects due to the NDAs that came with the commissions. The studio has an international reputation for creating iconic and innovative projects, which always have strong attention to detail. As well as designing for both private and commercial yachts, Zaniz Studio works across other industries, including creating theatre sets and residential and commercial interiors.

One of Zaniz Studio’s latest projects – and one it was able to share – was the 350 ft superyacht Luminosity , which went on the market last year for over $266 million. The studio was responsible for both the interior and exterior of Luminosity, which was built by Italian shipyard Benetti. What is most interesting is that the team abandoned the typical format of designing the exterior first, followed by the interior; instead, the superyacht has been designed from the inside out.

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Nuvolari Lenard

Well known for its timeless design style, Nuvolari Lenard is one of the largest – and most active – luxury yacht design studios in the world, founded in 1992 by naval architect and mechanical engineer Carlo Nuvolari and stylist Dan Lenard. The studio is based in Italy’s island city, Venice, and draws heavy influence from the city for its classic yacht designs, combining strong architectural lines with a deep passion and understanding for the sea. One of its latest projects was the 465 ft Nord (previously called Project Opus).

Not only is Nuvolari Lenard based in Venice, but it also has a renowned Design Center on the outskirts of the city that hosts architects and designers working on a range of tasks. Inside the Design Center is a scale yacht model workshop that gives designers the opportunity to visualize their concepts and research shapes before confirming a final design. The interior design section of the studio’s Design Center also features a showroom where clients and designers can discuss fabrics and materials.

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Patrick Knowles Designs

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With decades of experience in the marine industry under his belt, Patrick Knowles is one of America’s top yacht designers. His studio, Patrick Knowles Designs , specializes in custom megayacht and superyacht interiors, as well as designing for private aircraft. The team at Patrick Knowles Design prides themselves on their creativity and a strong commitment to making sure projects are finished on time, while also exceeding expectations.

One of Patrick Knowles Designs’ award-winning projects was a Key West-inspired 206 ft ISA displacement superyacht. The owners requested an interior that felt like a five-star tropical resort; through a design that incorporated vibrant murals of plants and aquatic life, lush fabrics and furnishings, and the use of environmentally friendly, natural materials including bamboo, palm wood and coconut shells, Patrick Knowles delivered. The onboard showcase piece is a 30-foot-tall light fixture constructed from Murano glass that sits within the spiral staircase, joining all three levels.

Tillberg Design of Sweden

Tillberg Design of Sweden yacht interior designer superyacht Somnio

Our list of the most exclusive yacht interior designers would not be complete without mentioning Tillberg Design of Sweden. Founded in 1964 in Höganäs, the practice has been designing timeless Scandinavian-inspired interiors on board some of the world’s most luxurious vessels for over five decades.

Known for its meticulous craftsmanship, use of quality materials and expert lighting, when it comes to creating beautiful spaces you’re in safe hands with Tillberg Design of Sweden. Perhaps most impressive is the studio’s latest project designing the interiors onboard the gigantic 728-foot superyacht Somnio .

The recently released renderings reveal stunning dream-like rooms expertly blending indoor and outdoor spaces. Future owners that are lucky enough to live on the world’s first residential yacht liner will be given the opportunity to work with the prestigious design firm over three months to create their dream apartment.

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Boat Interior Restoration and Ingenious Renovation Ideas

Envisaging the amazing transformation of a boats interior is an irresistible daydream whenever a potential buyer and owner contemplates acquiring a project boat that has been left to languish.

Consequently, one might wonder where exactly does one start when undertaking the entire restoration of boat interiors ?

Have you ever wondered what long-term living on a beautifully restored boat would be like ? We have prepared a blog post for you on this subject called Living on a boat full time . We think you may enjoy reading this article. You can reach it by clicking on the link. Anyway, let's move on 🙂

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Exploring creative ideas and designs for transforming a boat's interior through DIY restoration efforts.

Sometimes, there is already a clear vision as to what kind of colors and decorations one wants for the new interior. However, others should think about it properly before embarking on the work. There are a multitude of resources and pictures available for DIY boat interior restoration . A reading material can include sailing magazines, literature about decorating boats or for example Pinterest or boating sites all this at your fingertips. Seeing real-life boat interiors is possible by attending local boat exhibitions too. This will further result in setting up a reference library when you have settled on one particular design style. Such reference collections would be useful in finding what items would be needed once someone decides to embark on such endeavor .

One must remember that while boat exteriors may look alike, the interior is an area where personal style and personality may express themselves the most . Be courageous with creativity since this area will be home to most of your cherished leisure moments and nothing more than love should be given here.

Boat Interior Decorating Basics

Illustrating the fundamental principles and elements of decorating a boat's interior to achieve both aesthetics and functionality.

As tempting it might be to treat the inside of a boat like a house, practicality remains paramount . Decking out an interior with knick-knacks and adornments may sound appealing but such things easily become clutter during navigation.

In picking materials for the new interior, there is need to walk on egg shells. A marine accessory will require higher prices than any ordinary equivalent. Nonetheless, they are available elsewhere at lower prices. Storage containers from household retailers can substitute expensive galley utensils bought from specialty stores.

Conversely, upholstery, electronics, curtains, and flooring call for marine-grade supplies.A boat’s internal environment is consistently affected by both fresh and salt water. The latter, however, is particularly corrosive to equipment and materials . While resorting to cheaper non-marine-grade options might save you money initially, it will prove to be unsustainable once you have to replace them after a few years.The knowledge of the cost of boat interior restoration therefore becomes very important in this context.

Lastly, there are some things that should just be left behind considering the kind of motion that takes place on waters. They include fragile items and those that can easily fall ; these replaceable with plastic alternatives such as glass frames or drinking vessels.

Boat Interior Restoration

Showcasing the process and remarkable transformations involved in restoring the interior of a boat to its former glory.

Having looked at these factors, we can now consider what are some of the elements that could bring about considerable changes when restoring boat interiors.

Boat Furnishings Renovations

Soft furnishings are the single biggest impact on a yacht interior . These include seat covers, biminis and cushions that might add bright color or muted hues to give character to any space. There is a limitless selection of materials that includes patterned fabrics , leather upholstery among others. One’s choice of colour says much about them as an individual. Most new boats will leave the shipyard in neutral colours but this is an opportunity for the owner to introduce some personalization. One could decide on a lively , colourful palette or keep it sleek with black and grey tones that consider the size of the room so as not to overcrowd its compact nature.

Creative Yacht Storage Solutions

Almost all boating vessels are admittedly short of storage area hence necessitating careful planning in terms of interior design in order to make good use of every square inch available. A clutterless environment gives an impression of more space and usability especially while cruising . Putting drawers within steps provides much needed small item storage while also turning under-bunks into a treasure chest for such things like towels, bedding and clothes. Raising beds represents a clever idea for capitalizing on normally wasted spaces below them . This helps integrate visually appealing storage boxes matching the color scheme as part of the overall design.

Flooring Transformation

Another major area capable of being changed dramatically is flooring with amazing results . For instance, due to its durability, waterproofing and ease of maintenance marine vinyl flooring has become most preferred by many people. Marine vinyl comes in different colors and designs; hence allowing creative expression that is consistent with the main theme chosen for designing it. However, caution must be taken not to overwhelm small spaces with overly intricate patterns or dark shades . In colder climates especially those who would prefer softer floor underfoot can opt for marine grade carpets which are available in plenty colors.

Window Covering Considerations

Window coverings offer another range besides soft furnishings . This can be blinds in different shades or timber tones to add sophistication to the space. Alternatively, blackout curtains in cabins are great for improved sleep during overnight stays on water. A good budget plan enables motorised shades that are highly convenient and could also be custom-made to fit the style of interior decor.

Personal Touches

Regardless of whether one intends to live onboard, travel round the world or go for weekend cruises along the inland waterways; the inside should be synonymous with home. Some familiar items like family pictures, wall art and bedding from home can be used to create an inviting and homely atmosphere . Accessories help bring everything together with a personal touch. All matching or contrasting colours could be used in making of decorative pillows which are more comfortable when spending time on board at night. In addition to this, throw blankets may have a boat’s name written on it for adding a unique touch, plus purposefully selected lighting can alter the mood completely. Functional stark white light does not compare to colored LED lights that serve both aesthetic and practical purposes by marking walkways and accentuating saloon spaces as well as cabins.

Rejuvenating a derelict boat and restoring it to its original state is a bit challenging, but very satisfying. On many online platforms, there are thousands of boats for sale around the world that can be purchased by different people . To have a complete restoration project or simply to organize the interior according to individual preferences, visit well-known sites to buy your boat in an easy and informed way. In order to have a smooth journey towards your maritime dreams there are always experts ready to give you any necessary guidance. You should also consider the cost of boat interior restoration when you plan your project .

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  • August 12, 2020
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Buying a brokerage boat has many advantages. It can be kinder to both your schedule and your pocketbook. At the same time, the hunt can be exhausting and frustrating, especially if you’re counting on falling in love at first sight before pulling the trigger. Lots of brokerage buyers can’t get past a boat that was clearly someone else’s perfect yacht, often times someone else’s perfect yacht from many years ago. But if there’s one thing a pre-owned shopper should keep in mind, it’s to be wary of overlooking the diamond in the rough. With a little bit of vision, patience, and additional investment, you can breathe some life – and a bit of yourself – into the boat of your dreams.

“Cosmetic concerns should never be a reason for rejecting an otherwise solid Nordhavn with good bones,” says Marc Mittelman, who purchased his Nordhavn 43 in March 2018. Together with his broker, Dave Balfour, they discussed what projects might be tackled to modernize the boat and bring it closer to his personal spec. He upgraded his stabilization system, re-covered all cushions, switched out mattresses and installed a stern cockpit sunscreen. “Like most previously owned Nordhavns I had viewed, Wanderer was in good condition and had been well-cared for by previous owners,” he said. “However, this was a 14-year-old boat and needed some reasonable TLC to bring her into Bristol condition.”

It’s the same philosophy followed by David Solo and his wife, Toni, as they searched for a pre-owned Nordhavn. Beyond their requirement that the boat should be a well-maintained Nordhavn 55 , they were willing to be flexible. They landed on a 2008 N55 and knew right away that a refit would be in order. “The interior was good, but it was a little dated and worn,” Solo said. A complete soft goods overhaul later, “it now looks like a brand new boat.”

Besides switching out fabrics, carpet and comforters in every part of the boat, the couple invested in electronic window shades that auto-retract. David and Toni sat down with designers at Jeddy’s Yacht Interiors in Dana Point, CA, who helped guide them through their boat’s makeover. “The process was easy enough,” he said. “The result is that it brought this 8-year-old boat back to life.”

Kevin Clackson agrees about the ease in which an older boat can be transformed. “Tackling a refit – especially if it’s just the interior – is something one can handle without too much of a struggle.” Clackson purchased his N75 EYF Pinch Me in March 2018 and shortly thereafter did a complete interior and exterior overhaul of the boat. He and his wife managed to look past the “Fighting Lady yellow hull and assortment of ‘Mahi Mahi’ carpet” and got the boat they knew would become their perfect Nordhavn.

The before and after photos of Pinch Me are dramatic. Clackson elevated an 11-year-old boat into a modern passagemaker with upgraded electronics, accessories and contemporary styling. The list of modifications is extensive, but the most striking changes come courtesy of the re-painted hull in metallic grey and gleaming white superstructure; the newly installed table in the cockpit made of granite that was carried through to the fishing cockpit, bbq areas and the lower cockpit live well; and of course, the stunning interior.

The path to the desired re-fresh result will be different depending on your timeline and budget. The key is to recognize where you can scale back on spending and don’t skimp on areas you deem a priority. Clackson advises against rushing a job through. “Take your time. Don’t cut corners. Find the right trades.” He sourced many of the service providers himself.

Meanwhile, Mittleman consulted the Nordhavn Owners Group for recommendations. He also looked to keep costs down by doing a lot of work himself such as the install of the stern cockpit sunscreen and the customization of off-the-shelf mattresses. Solo also did his part in honing in where he wanted to spend (electric shades vs. manual) and where he could save (store-bought sheets altered to fit instead of custom).

The obvious upside to committing to a re-fresh is a more personalized boat that will preserve a buyer’s investment. Mittleman found another advantage to being open to a “fixer-upper”: being able to identify changes that need to be made out of necessity can be a great bargaining chip. Upon inspection, Mittleman’s broker Dave Balfour advised that the inverter charger and pilothouse freezer would come up in the survey. “[Dave’s] advice proved to be spot on and was also important during the vessel survey and eventual purchase negotiations.”

During these times of COVID-19, the brokerage market is hot and inventory can wane in an instant, so perhaps now more than ever it’s more important to search creatively. None of the three buyers would alter the process in which they went about achieving their perfect boats. Says Solo: “It’s simple. If you don’t like it, change it.”


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Palm Beach International Boat Show

For superyacht shoppers, the Palm Beach International Boat Show, kicking off its four-day run this week, is set to break records with more than 60 yachts over 100 feet long on display. Last year was also a banner year for superyachts at the show. 

Headliners will include the likes of the 295-foot Corsair Nero ,  the 278-foot Victorious by AKYacht, the 230-foot Turquoise-built Talisman C , and 213-foot Benetti Triumph among brokerage yachts, and in new yachts, the 113-foot Ocean Alexander Puro 35 is making its world debut.  

There are so many gleaming white vessels over 100 feet, in fact, that the fleet will be split between the Palm Harbor Marina at the main show site on the downtown West Palm Beach waterfront and the Safe Harbor Rybovich Marina two miles north. 

Now in its 42nd year, PBIBS will also showcase hundreds of models of dayboats, cruisers, and fishing boats, as well as marine accessories. Running from this Thursday through Sunday, the show coincides with the Palm Beach Modern + Contemporary art show, a fortuitous opportunity for yacht owners wanting to add new art to their collections.

Here are 10 must-see boats at this year’s show.

Corsair Yachts ‘Nero’

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The undisputed star of this year’s Palm Beach show? That would be the 295-foot, classically styled superyacht Nero , built in 2007 and inspired by American financier J.P. Morgan’s legendary 1930s steamer Corsair IV . Nero ‘s attendance at PBIBS marks its return to the charter market after an extensive refit in 2021. Now better than new, the boat is being managed by Burgess. With weekly charter rates from $497,000, the vessel offers five-star accommodations for 12 guests in six cabins, with pampering from a crew of 20. Part of the refit included a full interior refresh by Italian interior designer Laura Pomponi, plus a major focus on wellness. That meant the construction of a new, state-of-the-art gym and spa, the assistance of a certified onboard trainer, a masseuse and beautician. After PBIBS, Nero will spend the winter in the Caribbean before returning to the Med for the summer season.

Ocean Alexander Puro 35P

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Ocean Alexander is debuting the first of its new Puro superyacht series at PBIBS. The 113-foot Puro 35P comes from the drawing board of Italian designer Giorgio M. Cassetta and is a step back from the polarizing lines of OA’s recent Revolution and Explorer series with their bold, vertical bow designs. Aimed at long-distance cruising, the 35P can carry over 5,000 gallons of fuel and is powered by twin 2,000 hp MAN V12s for a 24-knot top speed. Twin 55kW Kohler generators can also keep the yacht powered at anchor for long periods. Other standout features include extensive glazing in the chiseled fiberglass hull, a forward deck plunge pool, and spacious accommodations for 10 guests. 

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Think of it as the “starter” Sirena. Aimed at a younger demographic, the Turkish builder’s brand-new Sirena 48 is making its U.S. debut at PBIBS after a global reveal at last fall’s Cannes boat show. Such is its appeal that 27 hulls have already been sold, with 13 of the orders coming from North America. Looking like a scaled-down version of Sirena’s popular 58, its distinctive, trawler-style lines are from Argentinian designer Germán Frers. With more interior space than a typical 48-footer, the yacht offers three staterooms—plus a crew cabin—a spacious, light-filled salon, a large cockpit, an oversized flybridge, and a vast forward social area. Take your pick from twin 550 hp Cummins QSB, or 670 hp Volvo D11 turbo diesels. Or the builder is also offering hybrid power with twin 285 hp electric motors charged up by variable-speed generators that are good for a 30-mile battery-only range.

Feadship ‘Olympus’

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Picture purchasing a classic 180-foot Feadship superyacht, and then getting a $10 million bill for a major refit. That was the case with Olympus , built by the Dutch masters at Feadship in 1996 to a design by Britain’s Andrew Winch and the celebrated naval architect Frits De Voogt. Sold in 2022, the new owner sent it to the Monaco Marine refit center in La Ciotat, France for a major makeover. It included overhauling the 2,600 hp Caterpillar engines and generators, repairs to the structure, substantial upgrades to the guest areas and crew quarters, and new paint throughout. With the work completed just last year, the vessel is said to be in mint condition. Offered jointly by brokers Fraser and Edmiston, Olympus has an asking price of $28.5 million. With accommodations for 16 guests in eight cabins, the boat’s highlights include two primary suites, tropical-spec air conditioning, and Palm Beach-chic decor.

Benetti ‘Triumph’

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Italian yachting powerhouse Benetti is showing off its superyacht-building skills with the 213-foot Triumph . Delivered in 2021, this Giorgio M. Cassetta-designed steel-and-aluminum world girder features six decks, a 1,400-square-foot primary suite with outdoor terrace and adjoining lounge, a 750-square-foot beach club, and a touch-and-go helipad. What sets Triumph apart, however, is its lavish interior furnishings put together by the owner along with Benetti Interior Style and Monaco-based Green & Mingarelli Design. It includes pieces by French glassmaker Lalique, marble from Marfil, Statuario and Armani, furs, silk and wool carpets, plus a collection of cool black-and-white wildlife photographs by British fine art photographer David Yarrow. The pièce de résistance? That would be the owner’s Triumph Bonneville motorcycle displayed in the salon.

Fjord 39 XP/XL

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Germany’s Fjord Yachts, part of the Hanse Group, has a new 39-foot day boat that it’s unveiling at the Palm Beach show. The 39 XP and XL keep all the bold design cues of the bigger Fjord 41 XP and XL, like a big, open cockpit, walkaround center console, vertical bow, mile-high windshield and stretched hardtop. As for the differences between the XP and XL, it’s all about power. The XL comes with a choice of twin 320hp Volvo D4 diesels, or bigger 440 hp D6 versions, both with Volvo stern drives. Likely more appealing to U.S. buyers will be the XP powered by twin 400 hp Mercury Verado V10 outboards giving a 50-knot top speed. Pricing starts at around $500,000.

Turquoise ‘Talisman C’

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Chandeliers don’t come more dramatic than this. Cascading down the central spiral staircase of the Turkish-built, 231-foot superyacht Talisman C , this jaw-dropping piece of art comprises an array of multi-colored glass balls threaded on stainless-steel rods and illuminated by hanging fiber-optic strands. It’s the creation of Prague-based Crystal Caviar and is one of a number of glass installations on this sleek, low-profile superyacht. Built in 2011 by the Proteksan Turquoise shipyard, Talisman C was designed inside and out by London-based studio H2 Yacht Design, with naval architecture by Italy’s Hydro Tec. With cabins for 12 guests, one of its highlights is a huge primary suite, which boasts more crystal chandeliers and a private library. Twin 2,447 hp Caterpillar diesels give a top speed of 18 knots and a transatlantic range of 7,000 nautical miles at 12 knots. It’s listed with Burgess for $59.9 million. 

Sanlorenzo 44 ‘Kamakasa’

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Delivered in 2020 and sold to a new buyer just last August, the 146-foot Sanlorenzo 44 Alloy Kamakasa will be for sale at PBIBS. The asking price, through the Italian Yacht Group, is $23.75 million. Lack of use might also be the issue here; the yacht’s twin 2,600 hp MTU V16 diesels have a mere 289 hours on the clock. Built in aluminum to a design by Rome-based Zuccon International Project, Kamakasa was the second hull in the Sanlorenzo 44 Alloy series. One of the top features is a primary suite that spans three levels and almost 1,600 square feet; it also comes with a private Jacuzzi, separate bathrooms, a walk-in closet, and a private study. The yacht’s lightweight construction and MTU power combine to deliver an impressive 20-knot top speed.

Bahama 41 GT2

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As ultimate, reel-’em-in, fishing center consoles go, the Bahama 41 from West Palm Beach-based Bahama Boat Works is as hard-core as they come. But when owners kept asking for a little more comfort for the family, the builder responded. The result is the brand-new flagship 41 GT debuting at PBIBS. While the proven, wave-slicing hull stays the same, the cockpit layout is new. In place of the single bench seat, there are now three-across bucket seats with a second row behind. The wider console now has space for a pair of 22-inch Garmin screens, while the new extended hardtop features sun shades and even a rain shower. Outboard choices stay the same with either twin Mercury V12 600s, or four 400 hp Mercury V10s, good for a 65-knot-plus top speed. Pricing is from around $920,000.

Heesen ‘Book Ends’

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Launched in 2022, this 164-foot Heesen is part of the Book Ends collection, owned by an American couple who have had more than 18 yachts with the same name. The exterior design of this Heesen was by Omega Architects, while Dutch studio Van Oossanen did the naval architecture. The yacht is part of Heesen’s fast cruising series, which is more efficient than other vessels its size, and can reach 23 knots at full speed with its MTU 16V 4000 M65L engines. The yacht is listed through Ocean Independence for 42 million Euro, or about $45.7 million.

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Niecy Nash-Betts , who recently won an Emmy for her role on Netflix’s “Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story,” has signed on to host the Los Angeles portion of next month’s Writers Guild Awards. The 2024 event, which was pushed back in the wake of the Hollywood strikes, will take place on Saturday, April 14 at the Hollywood Palladium.

Benn Fleishman of Avalon Harbor Entertainment is also a producer for this year’s WGA Awards in Los Angeles. Additional presenters scheduled to appear at this year’s L.A. awards show include Bill Burr (“Old Dads,” “F is For Family”), Diedrich Bader (“Veep,” “The Drew Carey Show”), Drew Carey (“The Drew Carey Show”), Gina Yashere (“Bob Hearts Abishola”), Lindsay Dougherty (secretary-treasurer of Teamsters Local 399), Maria Sten (“Big Sky,” “Reacher”), Nathan Fielder (“The Curse,” “The Rehearsal”), Randall Park (“Always Be My Maybe,” “Fresh Off The Boat”), Tig Notaro (“One Mississippi,” “Tig Notaro: Boyish Girl Interrupted”), Tony Hale (“Veep,” “Arrested Development”), Wendi McLendon-Covey (“The Goldbergs,” “Reno 911!”) and more to come.

Nash-Betts’ credits include “Reno 911,” “Claws,” “When They See Us,” “The Soul Man,” “Getting On,” “The Rookie: Feds,” “Scream Queens,” “Masters of Sex” and “Origin.” As a host, she has scored two Daytime Emmy nominations and the 2007 American Women in Radio Gracie Allen Award for the home makeover and interior design show “Clean House.” She also hosted the 2021 GLAAD Media Awards, guest hosted “The Masked Singer” and currently hosts Fox’s game show “Don’t Forget the Lyrics.”

Nash-Betts was nominated for and Emmy on 2019’s “When They See Us,” and besides the Emmy, also won a Critics Choice Award and an NAACP Image Award for “Dahmer.”

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