Monday, January 2, 2012

A Tour of Bettie

We are finally back onboard! We had a delightful visit with family and friends - lots of Christmas carol sing-a-longs (nothing says "Joy to the World" like Vlad’s grandma and me rocking out on tambourines) and a champagne and fireworks filled New Year’s celebration at our friends’ house in San Antonio. Good times had by all, indeed. But it does feel amazing to be back home, even with that slightly musty the-boat’s-been-closed-up-for-too-long smell greeting us from the companion way.

Since I missed Bettie so much, I figured I should give everyone a tour of just exactly what I was pining for during our holiday. Bettie has a layout that’s much like an efficiency apartment; the galley, bed, table and settee and nav station are all within the main cabin, and what on other boats is a v-berth is the head, workshop and sail repair area on our boat. Here are a few pics of the inside.

The settee

The navigation station

The main berth. As you can see, my world overflows with shell lights.

Our galley


  1. Lovely photos. Your boat is gorgeous. Love the settee table!

  2. Hey, thanks for doing the boat tour! I love to see inside other people's boats. I like the table. Does it store easily? I'd much rather have a table like that than one that takes up a lot of room all the time. Our old table just got in the way for us, so we took it out and put in a folding table. Much better! Bettie is a really pretty boat on the inside.

  3. The table just folds right up. It's a functional design, and I've seen similar arrangements on other boats that looked pretty easy to recreate. Maybe I'll take some pics on other boats so people can see a variety of possibilities. And I'm glad you liked the tour!

  4. That's pretty cool. I have not seen one that goes across the settee like that. It looks like it would be easy to make. Can you take a photo of how it's constructed and held onto the cabin side?

  5. It's super easy to make. The only issue is there's no place to put your feet, forcing you to sit Indian style. When we first got the boat, we were going to change that part, but after a while it didn't seem like a big deal.

    I will take some pics of it, for sure, and some other styles that I've seen around.

  6. I see what you mean. I was thinking it looked like it would serve the same purpose as an end table by the sofa. I can always use a place to sit a cup of tea or a sandwich while I'm reading or doing something else with my hands.