A Closer Look at Our 2016 Project Powerboat

If you enjoy striking “before and after” photos of makeovers, this post is for you. One of our managers, Brian, recently purchased a total fixer-upper powerboat and, together with the Sailrite team, he completely transformed it into a great looking vessel for himself and his family. Take a look at this stunning makeover.

Before & After Sailrite's 2016 Project Powerboat

When we started, this 1982 Regal 245 XL Ambassador was looking pretty dated with its brown vinyl on the bridge deck. The inside was worse, with musty carpeting and cushions as well as a furry headliner that was beginning to fall down from the ceiling. All of the cockpit upholstery was replaced using Morbern’s Seabrook Vinyl in a brighter color combination that utilizes three different fabrics for decorative effect. We also reupholstered side panels in the cockpit and added Infinity Luxury Woven Vinyl Flooring.

Before & After Sailrite's 2016 Project Powerboat

In the cabin, all the headliner was removed and replaced, the cushions in the v-berth was redone and curtains were added on the windows using Geobella fabrics. We even made a decorative hull liner panel for the aft cabin that mimics the design on the cockpit cushions.

We made instructional videos for each of these major projects to help you achieve this same look on your own boat. Here’s a preview of a few of our already released videos and a few of those still yet to come:

Before & After Sailrite's 2016 Project Powerboat

All of these project videos will be released in our brand new How-To Projects & Guides section of the Sailrite website. You can click on 2016 Project Powerboat in the left-hand navigation to filter down to all the videos from this series.

Are any of these projects on your to-do list? What kinds of powerboat projects would you like to see? Share your feedback with us in the comments.

  1. BILL REED said:

    Great job!

  2. Dave Metrano said:

    Exceptionally well done.

  3. John Dees said:


  4. Albert Labos said:

    Impressive. Very nice.

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