Back in late 2022 we got a call from a yacht broker we work with who has a client interested in a Cigarette 50 marauder (one of our all time favourite boats). Most 50 marauder are supplied with what is referred to as a Race Cabin (an empty space). But, this client was interested in a full cabin boat with:
• A double bed
• A separate fresh water electric toilet and basin
• A fridge
• A microwave
• Full LED lighting
• Sculpted cabin seating for 6 people
Although Cigarette have offered items such as a double bed and internal seating, their cabin setup is a far cry from what this client had imagined.
Come early 2023 and the purchase had completed and the conversion was to be completed by the spring.
We started by stripping what little there was in the cabin and removing the bulkhead at the front of the cabin. As to incorporate the bed, we would need to expand the cabin forward up the hull. We then removed the original fresh water tank. At only 30L this was barely enoug

h to run the shower on the aft deck, let alone a toilet & basin too. This was replaced with a 70L tank and a bigger freshwater pump.
The framework for the bed was then built and glassed to the hull. Before the bed base was installed on top. We then moved our attention to the seat bases, building new framework with built in conduit for electricals and freshwater feeds. Setting the backrest angle and drop on the seat front produced a challenge, especially in a cabin with such limited headroom.
Once the seats were in place, the fridge and basin unit along with the head furniture were to be designed. A 40L draw fridge, full size 230v 

microwave, inverter, new switch panel and basin were all to be incorporated into the port side furniture and on the starboard side. An electric head and furniture, mounted within a fully enclosed head unit on the port.
Due to the once all the furniture was dry fitted and all fine adjustments were complete, the furniture was removed and all areas ground and prepared for fiberglass. Due to the flex of the boat, the fixing areas had to be very carefully selected as to prevent creating stiff points in the hull and

 causing cracking.
Moving on to the upholstery the client selected his preferred materials and we produced backing and cover panels for all areas of the cabin to be covered. Our upholstery team then designed and contoured the foam, cushions and completed the embroidery including Cigarette logos.
As the boat is due to be used in the Med, it is imperative that the toilet is connected to a holding tank with deck pump out. Unfortunately, Cigarette do not leave a space suitable for the tank without modification. We redesigned the engine bay flooring and relocated the stb engine water strainer to the port side to allow room under the floor to mount the tank.
Below are pictures of the completed project.