Reupholster main saloon: We had purchased 22 meters of Ultraleather fabric (Ivory color, #291-3700) just before departing Houston last March. It was delivered after we left Houston. We were not certain if it would be possible to recover everything in the boat (time wise and money wise) or if we would reupholster only the main saloon. The original upholstery in the forward cabin is still fine, as is the passage berth, the pilot berth and the owners' aft cabin. Only the main saloon appeared 'tired.' This shade of Ultraleather blends well with the original fabric and would not look weird if only in the main saloon. A fellow Amel owner and commercial pilot often flies to Houston and he was kind enough to bring this fabric to Italy, and another pilot friend delivered it to us in Siracusa. So, we arrived in Barcelona with fabric in hand. Since we would be here for minimum one month (later changed to two months to avoid the August heat and August crowds), it seemed logical to have the reupholster work done here if we could find the right shop.
|The only reason needed new upholstery. People like|
to sit on this end of the settee and the arm rest fabric
was worn down to base cloth. An arm cap could have
solved this but we opted to change everything.
The first shop we contacted has an office right in the marina office building. The German owner seemed very knowledgeable and we probably would have gone with her to do the work. Unfortunately, her father sustained a serious fall and she could not do the work for us because she felt obligated to care for him. That wasted 8 days and we still did not even have a quote!
Bill then contacted 2 more companies and each of those responded very quickly. One was a slightly lower price but communication was limited and we questioned the skills for details. We opted to go with Intra Marine Barcelona. The owner (David) is fluent in English and the project manager (David 2) also is fluent. That is a big plus for us. They normally work with super yachts which come to Barcelona every year for minor refits; they can provide a wide range of services. They charged 10% over the subcontracted prices. This is quite reasonable to us.
Here is the link to their website:
|Carmelo making templates|
|Carmelo making templates for new cushions.|
David 2 on phone. Please ignore the mess in
forward cabin. That is Elisabeth's room ATM.
We agreed on price and a few days later Carmelo returned and made plastic sheeting templates of all the cushions. He wanted to get this job finished so he could close his shop on 7 August. It seems that all of Spain shuts down for the month of August and everyone goes on holiday that month. Carmelo wanted to begin his holiday on 7 August. Lucky us that he was willing to work that extra week.
|Those drawers beneath settee hold the large pots.|
Incredible amount of storage in this boat.
|Double needle stitching on all visible seams|
|Side seam of back cushion|
Double needle stitching here also
and along entire top of seat backs
|All crew must assist. Installing new washing machine.|
We also decided to replace the clothes washing machine while here. The old machine worked just fine; we had replaced the water pump while in Greece in summer 2011 and that is usually the first thing to fail. Since this machine was 12 years old, it seemed wise to go ahead and replace it while we are in the land of 230v-50hz.
|Plumbing lesson. Skills every gal should know.|
The cabinetry on our Amel accommodates a standard European sized top-loading domestic clothes washing machine. This would be less expensive here than in the Caribbean; so go ahead and replace it now. These type top-loaders have the tub mounted vertically. The tub has mounts on both sides. This lasts much longer and is far more stable to have on a boat than the front loader type on which the tub is mounted only on the back. Or the top loader type where the horizontally mounted tub is mounted only on the bottom.
|New machine. Perfect fit.|
|Old machine awaiting Carmelo|
to pick up
New mirrors for both heads. This is something that did not bother Bill but has been bothering me. The mirrors in both heads had begun to show irregular edges of the silvering. As if the mirrors needed to be re-silvered. One does not do that anymore; one simply replaces the mirrors. The new mirrors are 5mm thick; the old ones were only 3 mm thick. Not sure that this makes any difference. David at Intra Marine handled this for us. Sure, we could have researched glass companies in Barcelona and done this on our own. But...seriously...why?
|Forward head (Bill's)|
|Aft head (Judy's)|
Routine valve and fuel injection checks. Nothing wrong; just time for the main engine to be checked again. Once again, David assisted us in finding the right mechanic for this job.
This posting is label as a Chief Engineer's Note but was written by Judy. Do not have a label for simply 'boat.'