I have obtained a solar panel that I want to install on the sliding hatch cover. I know it is not the best place to obtain maximum output, but it is more than enough for my needs. In doing so I will be removing the sliding hatch cover and I want to pot all of the fastener holes. This led me to want to rebed all of my thru deck hardware.
Now I come to the issue of the headliner. The molded, single pice headliner does not lend itself to filling a bunch of thru holes with epoxy, not mounting any deck hardware on the cabin top. I am thinkning of removing about 90% of the headliner. This will give me easy access to thru deck holes for potting them, allow me to run the wires for my solar panel where I want them instead of shoving them betwen the deck and headliner, and allow me to install some insulation to help keep the cabin cooler in the summer. I will then fabricate removable panels to replace the headliner.
My concern is at the bulkheads on either side of the head. In the headliner there are chanels the that the plywood bulkheads go into. I think they are cosmetic (so you don't have to worry about the joint), but I have heard the channels are structural. I do not want to remove part of the boat structure. When I look at the bulkhead to headliner joint, I can actually fit my finger between the base of the chanel and the plywood bulkhead.
Does anyone know if any part of the headliner is structural?
Last edited by nickmerc; 08-18-2011 at 06:30 AM.