I decided last year that our 1983 Broom 32, Yorkshire Belle, could do with an interior update as it still had the 1980s style patterned upholstery, blue carpet and orange curtains. At first I had a local firm - our boat is kept in a wet shed in Horning on the Broads - go over her and come up with some ideas. I was surprised to receive a quote which was double what I had expected. And I was not exactly sold on the choice of materials.
A few weeks later I was at Oulton Week talking to a surveyor I know who does business with Broom Boats and he suggested that I at least talk to them as in his experience they offered good value money and were not as expensive as I might have thought. It soon became obvious that there was more that could be done than simply replacing fabrics. We discussed redesigning the saloon seating to be more like furniture as in their newer boats since it is never used for sleeping on anyway. Fabrics and carpet were selected, new foam was to be included with memory foam in the master cabin, holly and teak flooring in the galley-much more practical than carpet, new light fittings and many other outstanding jobs. When the quote came it was 5 times what I had originally intended spending but the project had grown considerably!
It was end January before we could take the boat to them due to weather and tides - it's a 6 hour journey by boat, 20 minutes by car - and during the next 4 months we called in to review progress from time to time. By the middle of May all was ready and we had a shake down cruise to ensue all was OK before we took her away, and of course it was, but then that’s what comes with using a professional boat builder. Three weeks later we called to take it back to its mooring and of course pay the bill - exactly 8 times my original budget but well worth it as you can see from the after shots. It's like a new Broom inside!
- Written by Andrew Holmes Andrew Holmes
- Category: Projects Projects
- Published: 03 August 2010 03 August 2010
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