Sunday Evening Projects

The captain had a whim tonight. The aft deck has always been somewhat inadequately lit for hanging out on after dark. I’ve dealt with it by bringing candles out and having a little string of tiki lights, but it’s just been something that’s bugged us. Barbecuing is next to impossible without a flashlight. So we went on an excursion to the local hardware store…

And bought some supplies.

One of my favorite things about us is the way we work together on projects. We both have MacGyver brains and are constantly coming up with creative ways of accomplishing things. Brock’s “cheap bone” is a huge influence, yet he has learned to listen to me when there is the time and place for a more expensive, quality approach. His initial thought was to throw up a plastic J channel and put some rope lighting in it. At $1.98 for 8 feet, that would certainly have been the economical way to go.

But it’s KJ. And she’s classy and quality and workmanship in every way. And so we decided to make our own channel for the lighting. And put some ornate trim on it. Once it’s painted white, I think it will blend beautifully into the style of the boat.

And the effect at night – wow. It’s a very welcoming indirect light, perfect for entertaining. With some paint and tidying, we have a great outdoor room after dark.

Total time from concept to working product? Three hours. Nice job, Magic Brock!

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  1. Travis and Maggie
    October 31, 2009 at 8:49 am #

    Very very nice. I'm with Rob, I saw the rope lights and didn't even want to look further, but you guys really pulled it off. I can't wait till we can work on fun projects like these instead of the grunt work we are still caught up in. Once again you've been very inspirational!

  2. Jamie
    October 20, 2009 at 8:42 am #

    Lol – thanks, Rob and T! Yes, we do try to keep it classy around here. You can't tell it's rope lights unless you're really looking at how we built it (and by that, I mean climb on a chair and peer over the edges with your head against the ceiling – I don't think most guests will do that). It's just a nice, warm ceiling glow with good trim. Looks pretty darn good!

  3. rob
    October 20, 2009 at 5:00 am #

    Amazing Job! when I saw the rope lights my heart sunk Party/disco boat I (initially) thought. BUT I should have known better shouldn`t I? Brilliant job, what a team eh?

  4. bowiechick
    October 19, 2009 at 12:49 pm #