My bride is an interior designer, and she was quick to decide when I purchased errant late last summer that the interior upholstery had to go. “It’s tired,” she said. “And ugly. And toxic!”
It’s fair to say that the old fading green polyester cushions were dated at best.
Toxic? Slight exaggeration? In my opinion, yes. And hers, no. Susan specializes in green design, and she is as concerned with synthetic materials, chemicals and outgassing as she is with ecologically responsible and environmentally sustainable production. She is personally sensitive to synthetic chemicals, experiencing asthmatic conditions (and worse) when exposed to noxious odors. But I can assure you, the cushions and upholstery and Errant are not new, and there are probably no longer outgassing since the boat was manufactured in 2012.
But, it’s fair to say that the old fading green polyester cushions were dated at best. And, as my friend Mark advised, don’t discourage her from taking an interest in the boat even if it’s more design than sailing.