"The sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in
its net of wonder forever."—Jacques Cousteau

August 6, 2019

Updates to The Pearl (Part I)

"Learn to depend upon yourself by doing things in accordance with your own way of thinking." -Grenville Kleiser

Last year I did a post that took readers on a tour of The Pearl...today's post is an update to that tour. This summer we've been doing upgrades to the boat to refresh its look and make it feel a little more like home. When we bought the boat 9 1/2 years ago the saloon cushions were in good shape, so even though they weren't the color I would have chosen, we left them alone and decorated the boat to match. After spending over 1500 days on the boat the cushions have gotten pretty worn out and needed to be replaced, so now it was our chance to choose exactly what we wanted. It's amazing how wonderful the new cushions feel and look...we love them.

New shades, rug and a new quilt that I made this winter really make the stateroom look nice. We also added new lighting so we can see better. We definitely like the improvements. (all the following pictures show the before and after)
 The galley is pretty much the same...a new microwave and a few decorations. We're in the process of painting the formica, easier for now than replacing it. We've also replaced the galley window...pictures on these projects a little later.
The V-birth...a little more color.
This is the front head located in the V-birth. It's my private powder room. 
Pictures of the saloon (before and after) with the new cushions and rug.
A close up of our new rug in the saloon
A close up of our old cushions and the new cushions.
Our bimini and isinglass were in terrible condition so we had them replaced this spring...it's nice to be able to see through the windows again.
We use to have the name of our boat painted on the bottom of the dinghy, but we never replaced the name after we repainted the dinghy. This new sign will make keeping the dinghy bottom clean a lot easier.


  1. Looks really nice. You did a great job. Are the cushions leather? We are trying to figure out what to do with our front windows and that corner part of the side windows.

    1. It's a faux leather...cheaper and should be easier to care for. The window was pretty easy to take out and replace, an auto shop cut the new window for us.

  2. All gorgeous. I'm inspired!!!