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Brightening a dark cabin interior

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What is the issue?
Yachts have a tendency to be dark below decks in the cabin area. This is particularly noticeable if teak has been used for the wood finish. When the main hatch is closed it may make the environment very dark especially so on overcast rainy days.

Why address this?
A light and bright environment is much more pleasant and comfortable to live in. Anything that enhances natural light is a benefit to the vessel.

How to address this?
Replace the main companionway hatch cover with a tough transparent acrylic plastic or Perspex. This will allow much more natural light into the vessel when closed up, and also reduces some brightwork maintenance that is typical with main hatch covers.

Should the cabin need to be darkened again, for instance, if people are sleeping in the main salon or should there be a need to put children down early, the fabric from a domestic blackout blind can be placed on the hatch and stored flat under a berth between uses.

Darkening the cabin utilising fabric from an old black-out blind
Photo: Michael Harpur

With thanks to:
Michael Harpur, Yacht Obsession.
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