Recently, I've been feeling as though Eric and I aren't taking full advantage of the relaxing potential that living on a boat affords. So, in that vein, I decided to amp up the aft cockpit's comfort level and create a more usable space to lounge.
I started by buying an outdoor rug:
|Loloi Ventura Aqua Rug|
Unlike the outdoor rugs I recall from my youth (burlap-like and bland), this one actually looks and feels like a regular (indoor) rug. Will its colors hold up in the brutal Florida sun? Only time will tell. For now, it looks great.
In addition to the rug, I purchased a few more of the outdoor pillows I bought for our main cockpit, along with a matching poof (the cube seen below), which serves as either an ottoman or table. Having a place to properly rest your feet (and place a drink) is a crucial component to relaxing. The final product is exactly as I had hoped:
Since making these minor upgrades, we've already been using the aft cockpit more than usual, and I anticipate many more mornings, afternoons, and evenings being spent sprawled out back.