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Cathy’s Step Box

Approximately four years ago, Cathy DiMauro, the owner here at Crystal Coast Interiors was pondering the evolution of “old school” Carolina sport-fish boat design and the new integration of curves. She wondered why no one had given any thought to adding curvature to one of the trade’s standard tools: the step box. Cathy decided to research step boxes on the market and found that the same boxy design was still out there with no improvement on its looks to compliment the new and innovative boat designs being created. She thought issues such as safety (a historical subject with step boxes- to be discussed later), overall function, and storage capabilities needed to be improved upon. Cathy dove in and began trying her hand at developing a design.Foam Plug

Cathy began the process by researching all the components of existing step boxes on the market and the design and application of plug and mold fabrication, materials used, hardware, and finishes.

Cathy with Mold

With her many years of boat design experience, time on the water, and her knowledge of current products available, she began looking at ways to make the long over-looked step box evolve with the changes in boat design. At every stage of her design process she planned, researched and went through trial and error before moving forward with each component of her new step box design. Cathy believed in keeping everything “local” and proudly can say that The Step Box is all American made.Cathy with the Plug

Safety has always been an issue with step boxes on boats. It seemed logical to Cathy to start examining ways that her new design could compensate for the issues of foot slippage and falls due to imbalance and instability. How many times have any of us experienced this first hand climbing on or off-board or witnessed someone else slip or have a fall? Cathy decided that her step box would have a low center of gravity with a wider base and that the lid for an inside storage compartment should be smaller than the boxes it sits on. All of these features ensure good stability and that the lid will not flip up at the hinged side and cause an injury. Recently Cathy came across a great article about safety considerations with step boxes on sport-fishing boats in the March 2014 issue of Marlin Magazine. It cited how many people in the industry overlook basic safety design issues and maintenance of step boxes. This article was another little affirmation of what Cathy had been thinking all along.20140827_134740

Keep a sharp lookout for the next blog post so you can learn more about the finished product and its features. The Step Box handcrafted by us here at Crystal Coast Interiors, is the only step box you will ever need! Follow us on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest and Instagram and check out our website: https://ccinteriors.us/. to order yours today. Now get out there and have some fun out on the water!

About Crystal Coast Interiors…

Crystal Coast Interiors is based in Beaufort, North Carolina but we will travel anywhere in the U.S. to meet the needs of our clients. Since 2003, we have been offering premier custom marine interior and exterior design and fabrication services. At Crystal Coast Interiors we offer the best quality products available on the market to our customers and create beautifully tailored soft goods and top quality furnishings to meet their needs. Visit our website to learn more at https://ccinteriors.us/.

Where Crystal Coast Interiors Began…

When we opened our doors in 2003 in Beaufort, NC, our team at Crystal Coast Interiors could have never anticipated the growth and expansion that we’ve enjoyed over the last 11 years. Along the way we have learned from our various projects, experience with products out on the market, and our time on the water here on The Crystal Coast. We have established ourselves as a well-respected and sought after custom marine design and fabrication company. Crystal Coast Interiors prides itself on our long term working relationships that we have established with many of our clients and how we have assisted them to complete multiple projects over the years.

Crystal Coast Interiors, Marine Interiors

2014 has been a tremendous year of expansion and growth for Crystal Coast Interiors. We have been busy working on all aspects of custom marine interior design and exterior soft good needs for a variety of boats, yachts, and other interior design projects. Our team members stay busy with various design, project management, production, fabrication and installation projects. We pride ourselves in researching and utilizing the very best products available on the market in order to ensure our client’s needs and the needs of each unique job that comes our way are not only met but exceeded. Our designers, project managers, and fabrication specialists work hand in hand making sure the client is satisfied at each stage of the project from beginning to end.Crystal Coast Interiors

To keep up with our company’s growth, and continue to meet the needs that our various projects demand, we have moved our design center and showroom to a separate but nearby location from our original location which has now become a production and manufacturing workshop. The staff there work hard to guarantee our clients meticulous craftsmanship in everything from beautiful custom cushions, pillows, bedding and upholstery. Their many years of experience and the pride they take in their work show in every stitch!Gregarious V-berth

In addition, we are now making custom designed furniture and have opened a carpentry shop that helps enable us to offer additional woodwork and finish needs. Our new showroom houses some examples of our custom furniture and product examples ranging from exotic woods and granite to fine fabrics, wall coverings and luxury finishes. Crystal Coast Interiors offers top of the line marine lighting and switch collections to choose from as well as beautifully handcrafted lamps. Our designers and project managers at Crystal Coast Interiors travel nationwide to work with clients on various projects and are experts in custom marine design, product knowledge and specification.

All of us at Crystal Coast Interiors are thrilled to have so many exciting projects ahead and we’re looking forward to all that we have coming down the line! Stay tuned and connected with us on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter for updates on projects and industry news. Also, please visit our website http://www.ccinteriors.us  for all of our latest and upcoming fall/winter 2015 projects, products and services available! Now it’s time to get back to doing what we do best but be on the lookout for our next blog post featuring the launch of our newest product, The Step Box. It’s an exclusive peek at our custom designed boat step box that you won’t want to miss!

About Crystal Coast Interiors…

Crystal Coast Interiors is based in Beaufort, North Carolina but we will travel anywhere in the U.S. to meet the needs of our clients. Since 2003, we have been offering premier custom marine interior and exterior design and fabrication services. At Crystal Coast Interiors we offer the best quality products available on the market to our customers and create beautifully tailored soft goods and top quality furnishings to meet their needs. Visit our website to learn more at https://ccinteriors.us/.