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OK, so now I am rethinking some of this. I have been researching insulation, foam, carcinogens, off gassing, flammability, etc…

What about cork up against the fiberglass hull, covered by mold/mildew resistant material such as the Formica? I found this link helpful:

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Part of me wants to believe we’ll never have to worry about fire because we’re careful people AND there’s so much frikken Styrofoam and other carcinogens in our lives anyway that the exposure to it is going to happen anyway. I’ve seen that argument from people on here plenty.

Then there’s the other side, (I’ll fall back on Sailingdog’s thoughts), the train of thought that I’m really more drawn to. Why not try my best to expose myself, my wife and my new baby girl to the absolute least bad stuff possible. It’s a no brainer! Here’s the thing though; it’s hard to know what that is.

Just give me the answer somebody! Tell me what’s best for goodness sake! Oh, and please make it cheap, easy to work with and permanent but removable.

Looks like I’ll be taking back a sheet of rigid foam board insulation and ordering a roll of 100% cork instead.

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We used the blue closed-cell foam pads that campers use to sleep on under our batten ceilings.
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thats fire resistant? hmmmmmmmmmmmm I can find that stuff I think at pricemart

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thats fire resistant? hmmmmmmmmmmmm I can find that stuff I think at pricemart
Not positive it's fire resistant .......but it's easy to find and inexpensive.
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Unless you look for thermal insulation maybe something like a vinyl wallpaper. I've seen some very heavy duty commercial glue on with a foam backing. Washable and flexible enough to conform to a bit of hull shape. Plain or pretty patterns too.(polyethylene foam like yogi pads don't glue on very well)

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well next week it is ....vynil and foam thats what I have bought with ash wood battens...

all I can do for now

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If you're using a spray like 3M "Sprayment" that also comes in different grades, I think #77 is their permanent grade.
It wasn't on a boat, but a couple months ago I tried some 3M 77 to laminate EPS foam to plywood and a lot of it failed. It couldn't handle temperature variation and just sort of peeled away.

A couple weeks ago I used 3M 78 and it worked like a charm! I recommend it.

Again, this was EPS foam to plywood, not on a boat, your mileage may vary.

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You can always check with 3M's 800 number. But from their brochure

http://multimedia.3m.com/mws/mediawe...6EVs6E666666--

it looks like the spray they recommend for use on wood is #90, not #77.

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You can always check with 3M's 800 number. But from their brochure

http://multimedia.3m.com/mws/mediawe...6EVs6E666666--

it looks like the spray they recommend for use on wood is #90, not #77.

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Excellent resource, thank you!

From that brochure it recommends #78 for rigid foam (EPS) which is probably why that stuff is working for me.

It says #74 for flexible foam, which probably applies more to headliner boat use.

I know this has been said before, but buy a small amount and try it on some test pieces first is always the best advice.
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thanks for the tips guys...

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