First its winter so we are literally feeding from the bottom of the barrel back, or in this case, a U22. Alan at Katz’s Marina was digging through yet another U22 and found Red Leather/vinyl, on a strap for all wiring in the bilge area. But the boat had a blue interior. Both original. So here is the question. Was red leather or vinyl used to hold wires regardless of interior color on U22’s? Was the red used because it matched the closest to the bilge color?
Now we do have reports that other colors are used. Even Katz’s has seen this in some cases on other models. So maybe it was tied to a certain model or year?
One thought that always comes up is, ya they used scraps of what ever was around. Left over interior material. From a cost saving situation, one can sure see that. No waste.
but on the other side, this was a factory and everything is documented, and planned. because of mass production there had to be a system in place. Red may have been the most used at one point, and so lots of red left over. I do recall in Sylvia the straps were Aqua marine leather like the interior. But was that the big color then?
So that’s today’s mushy topic. Does someone have any documents on the topic.