An HGTV Showdown on M/V Angelique, Before and After Results…#25

There is something so gratifying and heartwarming when I’m sitting in a room that has its own personality. It can quietly speak to me, with a warming energy that makes me what to sit and enjoy the view and style in comfort. This article is one for the girls… not that the guys won’t enjoy it because the transformations are just amazing.

As Dan did on our last blog A SHIPYARD STORY –> What it Takes to Keep a Big Hatteras Going….#24 , I’m going to start at the beginning with my honest opinion of what she looked like and my reaction of my first visit. When we bought “Sheer Luck”, as she was named. She was located Alameda, California. I was still working my IT job, so Dan took a trip to see her alone. We had been looking for over a year and had made multiple offers on different boats from California to Florida. For one reason or another they just didn’t work out.  Dan came home from this trip and was very excited, so we made an offer. We discuss and knew she needed some work. The offer was accepted and during the survey process I flew down with Dan to see her for the first time. When I walked in to see her, I was shocked and disappointed. I had a very upset tummy and did not think that she could ever be something I would be comfortable in. Dan promised that I could redo & remodel her as I saw fit. So I tentatively said ok.

Dan and I both loved Hatteras yachts, the classic lines, beautiful wood and enough room spaced out in a fashion that we preferred. This yacht had no wood other than non-original cabinets that were cheap and didn’t give me the sense of warmth and welcoming. Along with not much useable storage. The decor was all beige… I was having an issue envisioning anything other than a gut job.

The very first Hatteras Dan and I toured is now owned by our friends Loren and Stephanie, “Cat in the Hat” (I was in LOVE) The previous owners had put a lot of money into remodeling her and it was gorgeous. Our Hatteras had some of the key factors we were looking for but all the wood had been painted white years ago. We found out she was used as a charter boat in the Caribbean Sea for years.  Just prior to this endeavor she had a major remodel and they painted walls, doors and stateroom cabinets. We found pictures to show you what she looked like back in the 90’s.


I started to work on “my new vision” of what she could be. The majority of the remodeling was going to be in the salon.  Everything except the headliners and mirrored wall was demolished.  I really don’t remember how my vision started, except that beige carpeting had to go. It took Dan and I a few months to find and decide on the replacement floor. We didn’t want it to look too different from the beautiful teak in the galley and helm area. So tongue and groove teak was sourced from East Teak in Sultan WA. We got encouragement from our friends that we could lay and finish the floor ourselves. We hadn’t done it before but Dan and I were hard workers and willing to try. We could save thousands of dollars by doing it ourselves. So we did. It certainly wasn’t easy, but we have a grand story to tell about our efforts. We are really happy with the way it looks.

Next was the cabinets. I contacted a couple different yacht cabinet builders, ultimately ended up with Oregon Custom Cabinet in Canby Oregon. They hadn’t done anything like this before and I’m sure they learned a lot. With all the angles of a boat, nothing is straight.  After taking out the carpeting and previous cabinet we could see where the original cabinets were. I decided to go back to a “close to original” layout. They turned out awesome and we are really happy with the look, style and function of the cabinets. I had wood tops put on rather than a hard stone surface. I felt the room needed as much wood accents as possible because the teak walls had been painted.

Next was the walls. Wallpaper is a risk, because mold can grow in places that you can’t see. I wanted to have a conversation with an expert before deciding. In Portland there is only one location where you can actually see wallpaper books and talk to an expert, Miller Paint Store. I purchased a primer that is mold resistant and real looking  vinyl grasscloth wallpaper. (which looks very real, if I might add) Real grasscloth can easily grow mold too, so vinyl was a must! I installed it myself with a bit if “holding” help from Dan and Clark (our friend). We are so grateful for all our friends that helped us. Couldn’t have done it without you all!

The Wood Vinyl covered valance header boards over the windows were calling my name. I think Dan thought I was crazy!! Dan helped me take them all down. I knew I was either going to have wood headers or recover them with a better fabric. When I uncovered one board, there was real teak wood that was beautiful under the years of fabric.  But with the 3+ layers of fabric and the thousands and thousands of staples that I needed to pull. They left large holes and some were rusted. The boards were not in good shape. Choices are complicated. Do we buy new teak wood boards, cover with a different fabric or pull all staples and cover with teak veneer. Of course I pick the hardest, but cheapest choice. I pull 6000+ staples out of 5 boards. Then Dan and I did something again we had never done, we veneer the boards ourselves. They turned out pretty good for our first attempt.

To finish off the salon I only had furniture, blinds and rug remaining. I knew I wanted blues and greys. We are pretty happy with the result!


↓↓↓ Reminder of what it looked like before ↓↓↓


One of the other areas that was very important to me was the back deck before you walk inside the salon. We named it the “Sapphire Deck”. This area is the first living area you hit coming on to the boat. I felt like it was a tunnel. It had two built-in benches, two huge built-in tables and a hidden bar. I didn’t even know the bar existed until I uncovered it. It was  full junk that the previous owner had on top of it. We removed one table and one built-in bench to make room for a couple rattan type chairs, ottoman and a rug. This also allowed for more open space and easier access to the bar. Along with different pillows to change the mood on the built-in bench, along with adding more comfort. The small black and white pillows were not supportive enough. BTW… I made the 10 pillows while underway with sunbrella I purchased before leaving. 



If you are following along our blogs you know we are in the shipyard getting months of work done. A couple additional items that is getting done along with the painting and mechanical stuff is varnish and new upholstery for the cushions. I will have before and after pictures on the “splash down” blog when we finally get all the work done and able to show you all the beautiful pics of our boat!


In process pictures below


The bolsters are also getting new vinyl to match the new white paint!


As I write this article we are in the count down stages. I’m pushing to get all the work done by end of Feb. We will still have work that remains once the boat is back in the water. But it will be mostly putting everything back together. Benches, tables, furniture, side panels, supplies and etc that had to get moved while all the painting was happening. I will also have a big cleaning effort to do too, as the dust is horrible in the yard. They will also finish up the varnishing of our outside railings in the water too.

We are excited to get back in our home, Angelique & share our final pictures with you in March. As always we are eager to have our friends and family visit us too.

Next blog “SPLASH DOWN @ Opequimar” 

Live, Love, Laugh & Remodel …#3


As we work hard to update and customize our Yacht for cruising in the next few months, I can’t help but be at awe with all that lay ahead of us and the gratefulness for it. Dan and I celebrate our Anniversary this week, February 27th and I often think what would have happened if we didn’t tie the knot. Where would we be and what would we be doing without this partnership we have built over the 9 years?

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Dan nor I had any idea the level of risk or adventures we were both willing to take and neither of us understood each other’s drive and determination along with our power together.  We can do anything together! I knew that adventure would be part of our life, but really had no idea the level and grandeur of it.

Top Pic is 2/2009 & Bottom pic is 1/2018


Thank you Dan, for being such a wonderful, Adventurous partner. In Love with Life!

Our remodeling of our Yacht Angelique is endless, new floors, cabinets, furniture and wall paper in the salon, engine repairs go on and on & updating & changing oils, fluids etc., buying spare parts, refurbishing old anchors, discussing our trip with others that have done this before, planning for provisions, security measures, communication plans (internet, phone, satellite, radar), fun stuff (kayak’s, paddle boards, wave-runner, dinghy, Scuba and snorkeling etc…) and packing up our home so family can take care of it while we are gone. dan engine room projects.jpg

Now for the Angelique remodeling part… and our progress

The floor is a floor salon.JPGbig project we didn’t see ourselves taking on, but we did it, and you can too! It saved us tons of money and we are happy to look at the floor and know we accomplished it ourselves. Lots of learning with questions to experts and YouTube videos.

We did the layout & staggering of boards, gluing & nailing with nail gun, sanding with big floor sander, and 5 coats of Varnish. We are now ready for our new cabinets. It looks marvelous.

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Refurbishing of our anchors was a heavy load.

Not only were they  rusty and not looking their best, but on one, the shank was bent as you can see in the top pic. We had to remove it & haul it to a shop that would end up replacing the bent shank with new steel (can’t imagine what happened to bend it, YIKES), then to sandblast and galvanizing. Ahhh, we don’t have just one anchor, we have two, the smaller one wasn’t in such bad shape.


I was in search for as many original details as possible. I started on a project with the window valances in the Salon.


I didn’t know what was under the years and years of fabric coverings until I dug into it. Three layers of bad, old fabric and 1000’s of staples on each board, (total of 5 boards 8+ feet long). It turned out to be beautiful Teak wood, but the staples had damaged it beyond repair. So, Dan and I did another 1st time project. We put Teak Veneer on each board. Now for a bit of varnish and we will be able to hang them and be proud of another project accomplished.

While doing all the remodeling projects every day, I have started taking Scuba lessons and Motorcycle riding lessons.  See our new member of the family below, she is the lightest weight bike with a sissy bar, that we could put on the boat for land use in our travels. I’m pushing the limit in every way I can. I don’t want to let any part of life passbike -2018.jpg me by and not at least try it before I say no.

The Summer deadline for leaving is coming quick. We have lots and lots of projects to get done before we leave. I expect to have one or two more planning blog articles before we set off for our Big Cruising Adventure.

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Just Some Sheer Luck …#2

While cruising in the summer of 2015 a decision was made that the current Yacht we owned was not going to be sufficient  for our “dream trip”.  It was long talks and hard conversations between us to come up with this decision. We would need to sell our beloved 46′ Grand Banks, Sapphire”.

So how  did we come to that decision?

As we imagined the trip and how we wanted to experience it and the upgrades we would have to make, it was just  too overwhelming.  We would have to sink too much time and money into her that we would not get back. We were sad, because when we purchased her it was our expectations that she would be the boat we take on our trip; but time teaches you things, if your careful enough to listen and we heard loud and clear. We just had to accept it.

What we did was create a list of things we thought we needed and cost estimates on them. Then we used the list to help us find our new adventure boat.

Here is a list of key items we wanted on our Motor Vessel:

  • Stabilizers – reduces the roll, side to side
  • Large fuel tanks/1000 mile range
  • Ability to go 15 knots top speed (17 mph)
  • Auto Pilot
  • Bow thruster – pushes boat sideways for easy docking
  • Walk-around decks – easy access & docking
  • Aft Master State-room – comfortable 
  • Nice Guest State rooms – for visitors
  • Comfortable living space
  • Air Conditioning

We put Sapphire up for sale and started our hunt. Selling and buying boats are claimed to be the best days in an owners life. I would agree, but I also love the process and excitement of the hunt. We sold Sapphire in early 2016 in 7 months and lived the whole boating season without a boat. It was very painful to watch our friends and yacht club members go off and enjoy their time. We did make a run at a couple of Yachts, that for one reason or the other didn’t work out. (this is similar to buying a house and a car in one). You have the vessel surveyed to assure that you are aware of what you are getting yourself into, but you also have the engines surveyed. Repairs cost can sink your budget if a lot of repair or replacement is needed, making the purchase a risk.


In late 2016/early 2017 we were working on the purchase of a vessel that resided in Alameda CA called “Sheer Luck”. We purchased her in February 2017, after many trips and surveys were completed. Dan then made many trips to California to work on items from the survey that needed fixing. Then we were waiting out the weather conditions and planning for the trip up the Pacific Ocean to Oregon.

Our plan was to take our first cruise in the Bay-Area testing her out and have Dan’s buddies join him in Mid-May for the trip home. We learned a lot with our first trip and found IMG_1951.jpgmore items to fix. When I headed home to go back to work, Dan’s friends joined him for the trip up the coast. They loaded the boat with more food, water, fuel for the trip and headed out. They (Dan, Ken Williams, Doug Hahn, Marv Windred, and Brian Tom) headed out and traveled for about 9 hours when the weather and waves got worse, they had to head back to Alameda and make a new plan. It was disappointing, not only for the guys, but we now needed to wait for a better weather window.  Dan eventually came home and waited for a weather window, watching every day @, & On June 20th there was a 4-5 day break in the weather and crew gathered and headed out to CA. (Dan, Ken Williams, Kirk Lance, Clark Nelson). A different group of guys this time. 

IMG_0824.jpgThey made it safe this time. It took them 71 hours non-stop to go from Alameda, CA to Portland, Oregon. On Monday June 26 they arrive at the Columbia River Yacht Club and this picture was taken with the happy crew and Sheer Luck. She is currently a foreign flagged vessel, from Kingstown, St Vincent. We are in the process of changing her to a US registered vessel with her name to soon be “Angelique”