Salish Sea Yachts IS48 Look & Feel Concept

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IS-48 interior look

IS48 look and feel concept

I n December of 2009 I was asked by Matt Elder of SEA Marine to come up with concept for the interior of the upcoming Doug Zurn designed Salish Sea Yachts IS48.  Pat, the owner wanted a Northwest contemporary look inside on boat number one. The sample piece would set the tone for the interior of the first IS48, and be a cabinet for their Seattle boat show booth. We looked at a variety of woods and eventually settled on vertical grain old growth Doulas Fir as the primary material with Pacific Yew and Alaskan Yellow Cedar as accents. The document to the right shows my initial look and feel concept for the project.


Most of these initial choices have made it into the boat. The Vimar 8000 series has been replaced with the Vimar IDEA series. The flooring is now Maple with Teak strips between, we wanted something lighter toned than Teak and Holly. The cabinet doors are frame and panel with solid Fir drawer faces as shown. The various hardware, door latches, cabinet latches, faucets, etc. are either polished chrome or stainless steel.


corner inlay

IS-48 Pacific Yew inlay

As always I am concerned as to how well the details will “age” with use and Fir is a little bit softer than I would prefer for use on likely impact areas such as corners, toe kicks and sea rails. Pat and I discussed this and we decided to use Pacific Yew to accent the Fir. Yew is very nice looking and is extremely durable. It is being used as inlays on the sea rails and corner posts along with being used for all of the baseboards. See the detail to the right for and example of the inlays.


I really like the look of this interior and am enjoying doing an interior that is a bit different from the other boats in the general “lobster boat” market. As we go forward I will start posting details, drawings and pictures of the project.



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