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Interior information/photos for a Freedom 25

PostPosted: Wed Apr 22, 2009 1:49 pm
by floatcoatterrier
I did post this on the yahoo forum, not realizing that this bigger better forum was here! I apologize for any duplicates in advance.

My hubby and I are restoring the interior of a Freedom 25 due to extensive water damage. We are going to replace the floor, the foam in the cushions need to be cleaned due to mildew, and general water damage to the interior wood due to water and mildew. I am looking for advice in any of these areas, also the configuration and setup of a table that is referred to? No idea what it looks like, or where it goes because we dont even have a floor in some areas.
So, any info on working/fixing water stained wood, cushions and the like would be greatly appreciated!

I am so very glad that I have found this forum. It appears to be a wealth of info.

FCF

Re: Interior information/photos for a Freedom 25

PostPosted: Wed Apr 22, 2009 5:39 pm
by GeoffSchultz
First off, welcome to this forum! I hope that you find lots of good information here.

I don't have a F-25, but have a 40/40. However, most of your questions are general boating questions, so I'll address what I can. The question regarding the table will have to go to someone who knows about that.

Anyhow, as far as the mildewed cushions go, I would suggest that you replace the foam at a minimum. It's next to impossible to get the smell out of the foam. If you're at all allergic to mold/mildew, this could be a real problem. You can try washing the covers with a small amount of bleach with the hope that you'll get the mildew out, but that's going to be problematic.

Since you're going to be replacing the floor (sole), I'd use teak and holly veneer plywood such as http://www.marine-plywood.us/teakandholly.htm. It's expensive, but beautiful, and you probably wouldn't need many sheets. For interior finishes, I'd simply use a urethane, which is harder than varnish. No need to go with spar varnishes on the interior. Coat both sides.

-- Geoff

Re: Interior information/photos for a Freedom 25

PostPosted: Thu Apr 23, 2009 3:24 am
by Michel
floatcoatterrier wrote:So, any info on working/fixing water stained wood, cushions and the like would be greatly appreciated!


Hi, there is something to get water stains out of wood and canvas / cotton. Translated from Dutch it would be called 'de-weathering water' in English. Overhere, they sell it in marine shops. In the old days, they used it on cotton sails that had brown water marks. If you use this fluid on bare teak, the gray is turned back into light brown teak that can be sanded and varnished to look like new. Good luck with your project.

Re: Interior information/photos for a Freedom 25

PostPosted: Fri Apr 24, 2009 7:00 pm
by THATBOATGUY
Michel wrote:
floatcoatterrier wrote:So, any info on working/fixing water stained wood, cushions and the like would be greatly appreciated!


Hi, there is something to get water stains out of wood and canvas / cotton. Translated from Dutch it would be called 'de-weathering water' in English. Overhere, they sell it in marine shops. In the old days, they used it on cotton sails that had brown water marks. If you use this fluid on bare teak, the gray is turned back into light brown teak that can be sanded and varnished to look like new. Good luck with your project.


Here it's called Oxolic Acid or wood bleach. It's a hardware store item so no need to buy the inflated price "marine" version.


George

Re: Interior information/photos for a Freedom 25

PostPosted: Sat Apr 25, 2009 4:36 pm
by unfetteredalexandria
There are some interior photos in the attached Good Old Boat review article. Our boat's interior is quite similar.

Re: Interior information/photos for a Freedom 25

PostPosted: Tue May 05, 2009 12:53 am
by bearb4tree
Hi,

I just bought the F 25 for sale in the SF Bay area. It has the table.

I have access to CAD and can send you a drawing of the table and mounts if you like.

Mine appears to mount to the stairs in the companionway, and to two mounts at the back on the cockpit to mount it outside.

It has a foot and an hinge, and appears to be made of teak.

Let me know if you want the dimensions.

Cheers,

Matt

Re: Interior information/photos for a Freedom 25

PostPosted: Mon Aug 23, 2010 4:06 pm
by yarrow
who would be interested in purchasing a table for their F25? thinking of making a few? would be interested to hear what people think of orig highs lows?

Re: Interior information/photos for a Freedom 25

PostPosted: Fri Aug 27, 2010 9:36 pm
by R. Bush
The floor of my F25 was toast when I bought it -wear and water damage. Instead of replacing the original teak-and-holly plywood I had a fibreglass floor put in. It sure isn't as beautiful as the original, but it is a heck of a lot more indestructable and easy to clean. The almost white color also brightens up the cabin interior considerably.

Surprisingly (at least to me) was the cost - it was about the same as replacing the original plywood floor.