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Decorating interior of boat

We are days from closing on our Leopard 45'. It's a production boat and has very little character. It had been used for chartering. I was looking on line for decorating ideas but am having difficulty finding books on interior decorating for boats. Any suggestions?
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Congratulations.

Decorating a large catamaran is much like decorating a regular home, with a few caveats--since you have more "wall space" than would be available in a monohull or smaller boat.

Photos should not be framed under glass, but should have either plexiglass or polycarbonate glazing. Don't use "picture hooks" to hang them--velcro for the lighter, smaller objects, screws for the larger, heavier items.

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If you use textured,patterned or striped fabric then marks and stains won't show as easily.

Also - remember that it's a boat and you may want to sell it. So don't use any weird colours or strange stuff - it's just wrong.
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I use the gray Velcro to hang everything but the flat screen TV. Its available at West.
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Keep in mind that even on a catamaran, things can move. Cats don't like weight, so if you have bookshelves, for instance, consider shelves made of doweling (painted, patterned, whatever) over solid wood planking. You could have hooks and line instead of bungees to keep them stable. Things like glass stowage, coffee mugs, plates and cutlery have to be thought through. I would suggest that for a cat, a good place to get ideas would be in RV "lifestyle" magazines, because the range of motion and stowage solutions are similar in both "vehicles". I've seen some very clever things in RVs that are easily adaptable to boats, mono or multi.
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Fortunately, things tend to move less on a multihull, than on a monohull...

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jdlinda,
One of the best methods of obtaining ideas for "decorating" your boat's interior, is by visiting as many boats as possible at the many boat shows scheduled year round.

Since the sales and marketing people at these shows are trying to show their models as best as possible - the interiors usually are professionally designed and customized with tasteful appointments. You should find many ideas which suit your tastes.

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Isn't this thread in the wrong place ? What does this have to do with provisioning ?

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One idea is to take a look what the super yachts are doing these days...here's a link where you can look at bunches of interiors:
http://www.nautica.it/superyacht/home.htm
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RV "lifestyle" magazines, because the range of motion and stowage solutions are similar in both "vehicles". I've seen some very clever things in RVs that are easily adaptable to boats, mono or multi.
Good advice - a multihull is much more akin to an RV than to a sailboat...
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