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SloopJonB 02-12-2013 05:13 PM

Islander 36 (Gurney)
I'm investigating a scruffy I-36 and I have a question about their construction I hope someone can answer. I don't want to bother with signing up for the I-36 association just to ask one question.

I unzipped a couple of the headliner access panels and it appears that the deck is not plywood CORED so much as plywood BACKED. Since I was looking at the area under the after cabin top winches my first thought was it was a large plywood backing plate but I could find no evidence of an inner skin of fiberglass.

I could only examine a couple of relatively small areas but they were a lot bigger than any backing plate I've ever seen.

Does anyone know if this was in fact the way at least the early boats (1972) were constructed - the exterior glass surface with plywood "core" underneath and no inner glass skin?

An "open faced sandwich" so to speak. :)

Faster 02-12-2013 05:31 PM

Re: Islander 36 (Gurney)
We have an early I-36 in our club.. I'll ask the owner later today what he's got there (I think it's a '73 - but it's immaculate)

kwaltersmi 02-13-2013 10:55 AM

Re: Islander 36 (Gurney)
We looked at two separate I36's this past summer and I don't recall either having exposed plywood under the headliner, but I didn't look that close.

You might find the following useful:

I36 Headliner Replacement write-up

Pictures from an I36 headliner replacement job

Faster 02-13-2013 11:03 AM

Re: Islander 36 (Gurney)
Great find, Kwalt!... it does look like they laminated/attached plywood to the deck underside. Certainly made it easier to attach the new headliner - as long as it's all dry.

That was a nice job!

arf145 02-13-2013 12:35 PM

Re: Islander 36 (Gurney)

Originally Posted by Faster (Post 989558)
That was a nice job!

Seriously! Those are the kind of result pictures I should keep around to inspire me to tackle nasty jobs.

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