1981 18' Century Resorter
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(3/21/12) When I acquired the 1981 Century Resorter (late in 2011) its upholstery seemed entirely inappropriate for a boat. I didn't like its color, nor its "shape." The padding seemed too "plush," and not "yacht-like." Boat styling of this era seemed (to me) to have been influenced by automobile designs -- styling that was by then, a few years old and very "dated." (Should I say "stale?")
My redesign of the front seat is making more and more sense to me. It's lighter and stronger than the original, and adds structure to the rather wobbly, original motorbox. (BTW, you can't see it in these photos, but there is a "drop-in" storage container under the aft motorbox cushion.)
The color below is "truer" than above.
Next photo shows the new back panel of the front seat. That line on the left shows where the bottom of the new "beam" is located. Today I decided to carpet the back of the panel -- outside the center portion which forms the forward wall of the "motorbox." So only a small portion of the panel back will be seen, and the carpet will hide the "wrap" of the vinyl wrapping the back cushion. See the original hooks, and the two vertical struts that a) stiffen the back and b) mate with the front of the motorbox?
(Yes, that's a '49 Caddy.)
I'm really pleased with the boat's new seats, upholstery and carpet. IMO, the leather-colored vinyl looks quite elegant and serviceable. The hull's interior will be very smooth and will nicely accept the new neutral-gray carpet -- to be glued in place. (Stringers look healthy; can't believe Century used particle board to support the lower upholstered "rails" -- rails I cut down to be narrower than originals, as I did the upper rails. Click here to see them -- in very poor color rendition.)
The next photo shows the motor box with one of its two cushions in place. I won't make final cuts on the plywood base of the second (forward) cushion until everything else (cross beam, front seat and motorbox) are in place, all "matched up" and connected.
The two cushions on the saw horses are the "back" and "seat" of the aft seat. The fwd seat's "seat" is much thicker, 6" total, containing 3" of very dense foam under 3" of less dense (softer) foam.
The carpet is "less silver" in color than this computer scan:
3/22/12 -- The carpeting has been installed and a few of the upholstered items have been trial fit. I'll review a few of the modifications that have been made, or are "in process."
Above, Motorbox Before -- Below: Motorbox After
(The side rails not installed in the "after" photo.)
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