Ship Ahoy!

A man-cave bar built from sections of a 42-foot boat catches the fancy of seafarers and landlubbers alike.

By Rob Duca | Photography by Amber Jane Barricman

Cable deck railing does not interfere with the riverside views.

When Steve Bobola, co-owner of Sand Dollar Customs in South Yarmouth, Massachusetts, first saw the plans for this home that looked out to Snug Harbor, he knew he wanted to be in on the project. When the homeowner showed up one day with a boat and asked him to transform it into a bar, that clinched it.

“That was not part of the original plan,” Bobola says. “It was icing on the cake. This was a unique project. It’s a showpiece. When I see something that is appealing and requires a little bit of brainwork, it sparks my interest.”

The home features eye-popping river views, but, perhaps ironically, it is the basement-level “man cave” that catches the most attention. The centerpiece is a bar built from a boat that the homeowner purchased off-Cape, took out of the water and brought to Yarmouth to be cut into pieces and then reassembled in his house.

The homeowner, who had yanked a boat out of the water around Boston and brought it back to the Cape, presented his general contractor Steve Bobola with a request: convert the boat into a bar.

Sand Dollar Customs served as the general contractor on the project, which began with the teardown of an existing ranch. The new 2½-story home is approximately 4,000 square feet, about double the size of the ranch. Although a permit to expand the home was granted, zoning regulations required that the basement level remain intact. And that led to the idea of a nautical-themed man cave.
The original boat, which was 42-by-14 feet, was cut into three sections, with the roof, and the right and left quadrants being taken apart. Once reassembled, it was painted midnight blue, with a thin red stripe running across the bottom, and given a new name, Therapy, which the homeowner selected because, in his view, enjoying an adult beverage is therapy. Two flat screen televisions are attached below what was the boat’s roof at the rear of the bar.

A custom teak countertop and white boat chairs continue the nautical theme. The chairs swivel, and when turned around guests can look out onto the harbor through two 16-inch Nano doors that can be folded up. Shiplap was used for the walls, and attached to the walls are a pair of ship wheels, including a prominently displayed antique wooden ship wheel. A plank tile floor serves as the finishing touch.

Although the man cave features the most obvious nautical theme, there are many other such touches throughout the house. A spiral staircase that leads from the basement to a rooftop deck has stainless steel cable below the railing and Brazilian mahogany steps. Like the boat bar, installing the spiral staircase required ingenuity. The stairs were built off site, loaded onto a flatbed truck in two sections and brought to the house. The stairs were then lowered with a crane through the cone-shaped roof of the turret room.

A beachy color palette of white, with soft blue and sand tones imbues the interiors with a calm feeling.

Elsewhere, anchors were laser-cut into the side of the kitchen island, a fish was cut into the cedar shingles and the master bath has porthole windows. A second-floor television room has pyramid windows that look out to the harbor, and a model ship sits prominently on a table. Even the bath towels in the master suite are monogrammed with seashells, while ocean blue throw pillows in the Great Room are adorned with anchors. Throughout the house, artwork on every wall further accentuates the nautical theme. A color palette of white, with soft blue and sand overtones, brings the ocean further into play.

“There are lots of different nautical feels to the house,” notes Bobola. “We wanted it to reflect Cape Cod.” In the end, the spectacular home is perfectly suited to its Snug Harbor surroundings.

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