Now we need to work on the flybridge canvas - where to put this canvas, what color, what fabric, what style, how many cushions, where to put those cushions, back vs just seat cushions, sunshades for the pilothouse vs. no shades, white shades or a choice of several shades of beige? It really is enough to make you cry UNCLE! However, the KKY pros don't let things get to this point. We were able to discuss the canvas work in sections, so that everything was logical and never rushed. KKY mailed us several fabric books with recommendations as to which fabrics stood up best to the elements (Sunbrella). We decided on a navy background with thin yellow and red stripes - very much like a rep tie. The Sunbrella designation for this design is Navy Regimental Stripe. Get the picture?
In addition to the cushions, we also chose to have the instruments covered as well as the helm chair and BBQ grill in solid navy. Over all these creature comforts is a solid navy bimini so that we can remain (fairly) cool while underway on the warmest days.
Tom and I opted for the largest size ensign the teak flagpole can accommodate on the flybridge. The captain is very much into flag protocol and supervises the flag's raising and lowering very carefully.
We always mount the KKY burgee (pennant) on the bow jackstaff (impressed with these terms? Me too!) when underway. It's very "proper" to display your flags the captain has been heard to say.
There will be a halyard (sort of like a clothesline for those of you who grew up in an urban environment) on the flybridge for different flags and burgees. Right now all we have is the Kadey Krogen Cruisers burgee to display, but we're thrilled to have that! Some folks who have made the Great Loop (a trip through the Great Lakes) proudly display that accomplishment with a burgee. I'm telling you, there is an unbelievable amount of information to be learned in the boating world. The terminology alone is mind boggling. When you add what you actually MUST know for safety, it's enough to keep folks dockside drinking Bloody Marys all day.