Oceanair has recently presented an overview case study on supplying narrow boat Midnight Trace with new interior furnishings, detailing the challenges and solutions encountered.
Midnight Trace is a 57ft narrow boat designed and built as a collaboration between Chay Adams proprietor of Heyford Fields Boatyard and experienced narrow boat fitter James Atwood. The interior design goal was to deliver a light and comforting interior, featuring the very latest mod cons, yet in keeping with traditional canal boat design. In total, ten blinds were required; five in the main saloon, two in the bathroom and three in the bedroom.
The windows onboard comprised of both traditional picture windows and portholes. Split horizontally in half so that the upper pane could be opened inward, it was a requirement for the window to open with the blind deployed. This would enable onboard light and temperature control in an energy efficient manner.
Keen not to detract from Midnight Trace’s traditional interior styling, an unobtrusive shading solution was required throughout. One that was out of the line of sight and as close to the bulk head as possible when stowed.
Appealing to a wide range of potential clients, the blinds installed about Midnight Trace had to be of an equally high quality, able to withstand the marine environment, be child safe, easy to operate and maintain.
Oceanair and Oceanair’s UK distributor IMP worked closely with Midnight Trace’s design team to come up with the best possible solution. Oceanair’s Cabinshade was selected; a sleek cassette roller blind housed in a simple extrusion.
Whilst Oceanair offers a full turnkey service, in this instance, Midnight Trace’s build team were able to measure up and install the blinds themselves onsite.
Able to be mounted vertically or horizontally, face or top fixed, Cabinshade is perfectly suited for curved head linings. Fitted behind an oak pelmet, Cabinshade’s compact design was ideal; retracting seamlessly out of sight when stowed.
Whilst Cabinshade is an ‘off the shelf’ product, it is however available in a wide range of UV resistant, marine grade and fire retardant fabrics.
Oceanair offers a wide range of interior furnishings for all boats including superyachts. View more information on their products at www.oceanair.co.uk.