Pan to stick interior conversion

Discussion in 'Boat Design' started by GW Taylor, Jul 10, 2019.

  1. GW Taylor
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    GW Taylor New Member

    I own a 1975 Columbia 26 and I want to redesign the interior. My thought was to initially (using resins and fiberglass) to just cut out and reuse what’s already there?... however after some research I’m thinking about gutting the entire pan construction and rebuilding the entire interior!

    Before I get the “are you crazy comments” it’s a project boat and I’m not in any hurry time or money wise.

    There are to many reasons to list why I’m thinking of taking on the monster project!

    I really am just looking for the answer to 2 questions.

    Is it doable from a construction and safety stand point?...

    Thanks in advance for the input/suggestions!
  2. Mr Efficiency
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    Mr Efficiency Senior Member

    Just about anything is "doable", but whether it is wise, is another matter. Without more detail of what you envisage, I doubt much can be offered as advice.
  3. Blueknarr
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    Blueknarr Senior Member

    Ditto Mr E

    Also be aware that it is common to disguise structural elements as furniture components.
  4. Phil_B
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    Phil_B Junior Member

    +1 for that piece of advice. It looks like you have a Mark II which from the builders site and the various plans and layout sketches looks like a moulded one piece interior (which you have already identified).

    Such interiors are often made to do double duty as both the furniture and as a type of sandwich construction. Removing it may wekk remove a lot of the structural strength (particularly longitudinal) and require you to replace the lost strength with longitudinal stringers and transverse frames. This is especially true in the way of the mast which is keel stepped and will need transverse bracing and strength so you don't move the deck house in any kind of breeze.

    I'd get a either a surveyor to look the vessel over and give advice about which parts (if any) than could be removed and, preferably, see a naval architect about how to replace the lost strength elements if you are determined to go ahead.

  5. Squidly-Diddly
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    Squidly-Diddly Senior Member

    take a bunch of photos and used MS Paint to draw roughly what you want it to become.

    1975 Columbia 26 drawings - Google Search

    "pan to stick"? What do you got in mind? Me personally, I'd convert it to "open floor plan" as they say in the McMansion biz. Instead of built in, make everything secured with bungie-nets, and maybe a few curtains, and provision for hammocks. But gain the ability to carry lots of cargo and or large awkward items like bikes or kayaks inside.
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