Date: 16 October 2013. Portlight Pretties.
Stepping aboard many boats is often like entering a man
cave, predominantly decorated in navy blue and off-white stripes, suitably
nautical and totally boring. Just because it's a boat doesn't mean it must
reek of every yacht motif created, and there's something to be said for
creating a home that reflects the owner. Mine is girly for certain --
shocker there, eh? Still, there are ways to make your floating home nice
that perhaps are just a touch different than the norm.
Side Note: A portlight differs from a porthole in that a
porthole does not open. Portlights open. Weird, eh? Sometimes I think
boat-talk is designed to confuse folks but then I remember that 8 ounce
canning jars are called half-pints, and not cups so I feel a bit better.
One problem I have is in taking my afternoon snooze, the
sun shines in thru my portlights and bothers me. Yes, I realize this might
not be a huge problem in the scale of things, but it did/does interfere
with my happiness quotient, and that is a serious matter. To resolve same
and let thru light plus some of the fresh breezes one comes to expect at
anchor I bought a pair of sun-catchers that remedy both issues in one fell
Starboard - Sandpipers
Now I will admit that there is a certain pleasure in seeing
the sunlight reflected thru my pretties on the opposite bulkhead. Another
bonus is they offer a degree of privacy. When I have been at a dock people
naturally look into the boat. With the sun-catcher in the portlight folks
see that, not beyond and into my cabin.
One thing to be aware of with the less expensive
sun-catchers is that they are not created from different pieces of colored
glass. Instead they are painted. Thus, about once per year I pull out some
of the cheap acrylic paint (think Walmart: $1 per plastic bottle) and fill
in the blanks on the back side to brighten them.. The black edges are
raised so it doesn't take a whole lot of talent or time to make 'em good
enough again and that part is on the outside so no one can see if it's not
Perfection is the enemy of good enough,
and often good enough is fine and dandy!
Besides, I think they are pretty as is. I have two more
round portlights in the bow and will eventually buy sun-catchers to match
-- though not the same. For me aboard Seaweed, I prefer to have items
similar but not identical. That works well so that if something is broken
or damaged I don't worry about getting an exact replacement. Something
related is a-okay.
Because I already have two water birds, perhaps an egret or
blue heron is next, or maybe dolphins. I like dolphins too and even swam
with one (bit me too, but that's another story for a future article some
day) ... they are beautiful creatures and I do believe a dolphin
sun-catcher would look well and suit Seaweed. Or perhaps a manatee would
be lovely too. There are so many possibilities and the adventure will be
in locating something spectacular.
Part of the fun of owning your own home is in adding the
touches that make her yours. Just because it's a boat, doesn't mean it
must be a bastion of nautical decorating.
What do you use to keep the sun out?
Where did you find your favorite boat pretty?
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