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Well, I have taken up the task of ripping everything thing out of the cabin of my boat, and need some advise as to the interior work. I spoke with a person at my marina, that told me I need to first put up a layer of protective foam, to the walls of the cabin because of the “Boat sweating”???...He explained that there is usually some moisture build up between the fiberglass walls, and the interior wall carpet due to the temperature changes. Does anyone know if I need this foam or not? Also, if it is need/recommended, where can I get it?

I was also considering doing the entire cabin with a teak and holly? Are there any advantages/disadvantages to redoing the complete interior of a boat in wood as opposed to doing the walls in that upholstery style carpet? I figured the acoustics may change, but I assume soundproofing it can prevent this? Also, is that carpet material a special marine upholstery, or can any commercial (very thin) carpet work?

Any suggestions, advise, or recommendations would be appreciated.

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What type of boat is this?
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Re doing the entire interior is ambitious I would say. Personally, I like a wood interior. Consider the colors as sometimes your interior can be very dark. Mixing a lighter wood with the teak as trim can be nice too. Mine is done with oak and treak trim for a lighter color look.

With any fabric material you need to be cautious of how it reacts to moisture. Any fabric / carpet that uses a 10% Olefin fiber is a good choice. Any cotton or natural fibre would be a very poor choice. Marine fabrics go the extra mile with treatment to resist mildew. Flame resistent would also be a good quality.

You can also do a lot with marine fabrics too. They do make very nice looking stuff these days. I like the newer Sunbrella fabrics that are a woven pattern. They are very rich looking. The whole design should be well thought out as far as color and textures and lighting. If you are going to re do the whole thing you will invest a LOT of time. Planning is important.
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Go have a look at I use this web site for ideas in my own rebuild. I made a veneer press and bought 300 square feet of African Mahogany veneer for $300.00 and have learned the process of veneering. If you are a mechanical person it is a piece of cake to do veneer work. If you are interested I''ll give you more information. My boat had 1/2" foam under the vinyl and it seemed to have done a good job keeping the moisture at bay. I am using a foil purchased from Home Dept that is a foam sandwhich, i.e., aluminum foil on the outside and a thin piece of foam in the inside. I think the installation of some type of insulation is really important to keep your boat from sweating. There is a couple in our marina that do not have any insulation in the V berth, they can''t sleep on their boat as they get dripped on. Regards, Peter
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