Boat Decisions – Color Palettes

As the construction start date for the new American Tug approaches,  we’re trying to stay ahead of the decision-making requirements so we don’t get caught by surprise and have to make uninformed decisions on the fly without thinking them through properly.

There are a lot of elements on the boat that we want to get right.  Some are mechanical, some structural, some practical, and some…comfort and aesthetic.

Today was aesthetic day.

While we really like the American Tug, our primary attraction to the boat was more practical and structural than beauty.   Especially on the interior, we feel there is room for improvement on the standard boat.

The interior of the standard American Tug 395.
The interior of the standard American Tug 395.

Neither Bruce nor I feel comfortable putting together the multitude of color, fabric and solid-surface decisions that are required to address some of the shortcomings and to pull the whole thing together in a seamless and appealing way.  On top of that, we run the risk of wanting to kill each other when we can’t agree on some of the most basic stuff.  We want to get this right: it’s too big a project to get it wrong.  And left to our own devices, there’s a great chance we would get it wrong.

To solve this problem we have enlisted the help of long-time-good-
friend Candy Langan to guide us through the process.  I’ve known imageCandy since we both worked for the same America’s Cup syndicate in the mid 1980’s.

Candy moved from the America’s Cup world into a solid career in interior design, both for high-end homes and luxury yachts.  Her work is timeless, exceptional and impeccable.  We have lived on the same small island for the last twenty years, and she recently joined a terrific local interior design firm,  Taste Design.  Taste has handled primarily residential projects in the past, and brought Candy onboard not only to benefit from her design talents, but also to expand their business base by tapping into Candy’s connections and reputation in the yachting world.

Our project is simple and humble when compared to the business that Candy and Taste are accustomed to.  I chalk up their willingness to take us on largely to Candy’s friendship, and I am so very grateful.  When describing our needs to Taste’s owner, Patti Watson, Candy likened the project to a rustic cabin compared to the seaside homes they normally tackle.  We loved that comparison!

The last time we met we nailed down the biggest decisions, such as hull color.  Candy also made a trip with us last month to spend some time aboard the East Coast Yacht Sales brokerage AT 395 and get a feel for the boat, the options, and our concerns.

Today’s meeting was to focus on things like interior gel coat, laminate surfaces, and solid surfaces such as galley and head countertops.  IMG_3345These are items that AT will need to source early on in the process, and we want to be ready when the time comes.
We also used our meeting today to zero in on primary colors for items such as upholstery, and to begin to develop interior color palettes.  We are heading for a fun, bright and cheerful interior.
As we toldIMG_3012 (1) Candy from the start, we are not formal people and we don’t want a formal boat.   We want relaxed and colorful.  Over the last month we all have been scurrying around gathering samples and ideas.  Today it began to come together.  I won’t let any secrets out of the bag at this stage, but we are all really pleased with the way things are developing.  Thank you Candy!


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