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monkey fur

February, 2009  We've spent the last four months cleaning everything we could touch and  putting four or more coats of oil on the seriously thirsty interior teak, plus doing endless repairs and maintenance projects that weren't terribly photogenic--things like replacing every single battery on the boat and installing a more modern type of drain pump for the bathrooms' sinks, bathtubs and showers. 

Morley also reconnected a million loose wires that were the source of most of our mechanical problems.  Hello companionway lights and engine gauges, nice to have you working again.

We also made a shopping trip to the carpet mills in north Georgia to choose something to replace the butt ugly blue carpet we'd been enduring since we bought the boat in September. At long last we're getting new carpet on this baby. Can I get a 'Hallelujah and Amen' here? 

The weekend before the carpet installers came to do their magic we got some dirty work out of the way: we stripped the stateroom walls of their carpet and hull liner coverings. In case you aren't familiar, "hull liner" is the proper name for a strange fuzzy fabric used as a low cost, easily installed interior finish on boats, but it is often referred to as "monkey fur" or sometimes "rat fur". 

And while it might look okay when new, hull liner--like many of us--does not age well. Ours was permeated with dust and the aroma of 'eau de diesel', plus a few stains from red colored beverages that had been spilled many years before. Plus it just looked....well, creepy. 

Instead of installing new hull liner, we decided we wanted those areas upholstered in a nice marine-grade vinyl.  Vinyl is not only easier to clean but it looks more better than any product with a nickname like "rat fur" ever could.

The Big Day of Destruction arrived and our friend Carol (the hardworking redhead in these photos) gamely volunteered to help out and the extra set of hands made the project go a lot faster.

The carpet glued to the hull came off pretty easily--all it took was one big yank while gritting our teeth and making a grunting noise akin to passing a peach pit--but that "monkey fur" went down swinging.  It literally disintegrated as we pried and cajoled it off the walls and soon the entire cabin was filled with floating particles and fibers, along with a fair amount of decidedly unladylike language. Handling it made our skin itch so gloves and face masks became the fashion of the day for me and Carol. 

While Carol and I were busy yanking on monkey fur and making peach pit noises, Morley was busy removing the salon sofa. Our brother in law Jim will take it and all the other cushions on the boat to his shop in Knoxville, TN to replace the current hippy dippy fabric with a very nice leather type fabric we bought online.

The sofa came apart easily once Morley figured out where the screws were* and while it is in pieces he wants to tighten up the screws and reinforce a couple of joints before we hand everything over to Jim. 

He will also cut a hatch into the corner section of the sofa** so we can use that space for storage (the other two sections already had storage hatches in them).

*See detailed notes here on how to remove the salon sofa on a Bayliner 4550 or 4558

** Update: as it turns out, due to the way the sofa structure underneath is laid out we didn't get a corner hatch after all. Dang--dead space!

Morley gives the low down:
How to remove the salon sofa on a Bayliner Pilothouse:

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