How do most commander owners feel about not keeping their vessels original. Or do most update the interiors such as getting rid of the original gold/ green/ vanity heads/ galleys. Etc.... is it a sin to change? Or a bigger sin not to change? Feelings? Thoughts... thanks!

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Jason, please document your countertop pour. Please post some pictures also, love that idea and would love to see the results.


Jason Randall said:

On my 31 commander project I plan on modernizing her. All new LED lighting. We will pour faux Epoxy marble countertops/tabletops/sink and shower pan. Then new wood veneers. The fancy thing we’re doing is putting new teak decks inside and in the cockpit. On the exterior she will remain the same except for possibly deleting the railing and aft teak handrail. Haven’t decided there yet

Jason 

Regarding your head counter top concider removing and storing the original fiberglass counter top and then add your new poured one .

This way if you sell the boat in the future the next caretaker can choose if they might want the original look or keep the ones you added.

adding varnished wood in the in the cabin will be a very nice addition

Jason Randall said:

On my 31 commander project I plan on modernizing her. All new LED lighting. We will pour faux Epoxy marble countertops/tabletops/sink and shower pan. Then new wood veneers. The fancy thing we’re doing is putting new teak decks inside and in the cockpit. On the exterior she will remain the same except for possibly deleting the railing and aft teak handrail. Haven’t decided there yet

Hi David,

I would echo some comments of others... our 1967 42 has wood interior... it was painted over in a nice white by a previous owner - yup, just about all of it, except the larger trim boards under the windows in the salon, galley, and aft cabin.  I gutted the boat - stripping and sanding all of the wood so it was back to original, saving as much as I could, and replacing pieces were necessary.  We added galley cabinetry where there wasn't any in order to increase storage space as well, but I used the interior designs of other Commanders to make the cabinetry look original to the boat.  In general, my thought was to keep the boat as original as possible, and updating where it made sense - lighting for example is an easy one.  In the end, it's your boat, and you've got to live with it and use it.  What I've done, or what others have done can give you some ideas... just think about it a bit and how it will look and then make a decision and go.

Here are two pics of the salon/galley area.  Before (with awesome white paint, and not-so-trendy grasslike wallpaper on the breakfast bar)...

And the after...

Good luck... either way, you've got a great boat to start with!

Chris

Wow!!! Thank you Chris... you did a great job! It look nice!

I'm a practical person, our Commander is not a restoration project, we will never get the money back we put into her. What we will and do get, is the pleasure of being aboard every weekend and then some. So why would I redesign my boat in a way that made other people happy?

We use our boat a lot, often having 8 people on board for a weekend, so we want a practical boat and not a show piece. We also didn't start with an original boat so that made the decision easier. For instance, we always eat on the back deck - so we took out the dinette and now have a kitchen larger than some apartments, it works for us. I would say do what ever makes you smile every time you board your boat. That's what we did. I started to add some description of our renovations to my blog on this site, never really finished posting it but it gives you some idea of what we did. 

First time I looked at your restoration pictures - WOW.  Great work.  The whole original vs. restored argument is complicated.  My 72 '41 is one of the "Formica Commanders".  All the woodwork is, well, not wood at all.  The 70's weren't exactly the cornerstone of interior design, so I'll have little to no love lost when the 'mica starts flying!  How many of you have preserved your Formica kitchens for the originality factor?  Anyone? Anyone?

Steve said:

I'm a practical person, our Commander is not a restoration project, we will never get the money back we put into her. What we will and do get, is the pleasure of being aboard every weekend and then some. So why would I redesign my boat in a way that made other people happy?

We use our boat a lot, often having 8 people on board for a weekend, so we want a practical boat and not a show piece. We also didn't start with an original boat so that made the decision easier. For instance, we always eat on the back deck - so we took out the dinette and now have a kitchen larger than some apartments, it works for us. I would say do what ever makes you smile every time you board your boat. That's what we did. I started to add some description of our renovations to my blog on this site, never really finished posting it but it gives you some idea of what we did. 

Thank you as I agree!

Yep, my '69 is mostly formica. the nice wood is all used for supporting structure!

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