Here’s a great idea from Janet Lee Knizner-Enders if you’ve replaced some gear at the nav station (or anywhere else) and now have some holes that need to be covered, or just have some wall space that looks tired.
In Janet Lee’s words:
When we purchased our 44 foot Morgan, she obviously needed some face-lifting. When we removed the items from the side walls at the navigation station, we were left with numerous holes. I had a great idea of purchasing some cork… thick enough that we could use it as a bulletin board if needed.
We found some rolled cork (not squares) online and bought a 4 foot x 6 foot piece for about $30. We got it from Manton Cork.
We made a template and cut the cork, then Michael sanded the edges to give it a nicely finished, rounded look.
Not only does it look very nice, it is functional for pinning notes or lists.
Cork that’s at least 3/8″ thick works best if you want to be able to use push pins on it. That’s the thickest that Manton offers. If your space is such that 24″ by 36″ sheets will work, Amazon offers thicknesses up to 1″ at very good prices. See them here.
You can glue the cork into place for a permanent installation or use wood trim pieces around the edges to hold it in place if you think you may need to remove it in the future. The cork cuts with a utility knife; use fine sandpaper on the edges.
We might just copy this idea on Barefoot Gal after we complete some work. I see several advantages to the cork over other solutions such as wood or laminate (Formica):
- It looks great (well, the other options would also look good).
- It doesn’t require a master carpenter to get good results (a BIG plus for us!).
- Light weight.
Here’s a picture of the other area around the nav station that they covered – this one better shows how they were able to get a nice finished edge with a little sanding.
Janet Lee and her husband Michael just recently moved aboard their boat, AdventureUS2.