The standard table was a one piece affair which could be removed and taken up into the cockpit. It was soundly constructed of quality plywood with teak veneer and teak fiddles – these are the upstands to prevent items sliding off. From what I’ve learned, Mike, the original owner, had the table converted into drop leaf. We found this quite restrictive with the leaves dropped, as we weren’t able to sit at it. When my dad and I spent a few days on Lucy in November we actually removed the table completely after a couple of days as we felt it just took up too much space. It needed to be smaller.
I took it to my local joinery shop and had it cut down so that I could make it ‘top leaf’ instead of drop leaf. I bought some quite expensive brass counter flap hinges, and it all shaped up pretty well. For the most part we will have the new reduced table folded, with the fiddles uppermost. Only when we want to eat, and that’s just two of us, will we need to fold it flat – and there’s just enough room for a couple of places to be set.
Nicky and I tried the new format for a few days over New Year, and can report that it worked very well indeed. It’s now back at home, and I’ve got a few weeks to get it all rubbed down and varnished before the next trip to Mylor.