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One thing to think about re paper towel holders. Unless you have a way to apply some friction to the roll of towels, they will unroll in a seaway. I solved the problem by making my own towel holder from a dowel and a couple of pieces of lightweight decorative chain. The chain attaches to the bulkhead and holds the roll against the bulkhead just enough to keep it from unrolling without interfering with towel sheet removal when needed.
This really isn't necessary. If you flatten the roll of paper towels before putting it on the dispenser, it will generally stop itself from unrolling due to the eccentric shape.

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I've found that for light weight things that need attachment to the boat fiberglass is to just use that 3M double sided sticky padded tape stuff. It holds like mad and you can remove whatever you've got stuck on the wall without having a hole to contend with. I'm going to be installing my own paper towel holder myself shortly, and that's the way I'm going. I'm tired of patching holes.
I don't like using the padded tape for something that WILL GET GRABBED by accident and hit by accident. It isn't strong enough. Think about it, if the boat is lurching from the seas, and you're down below reaching for the paper towel dispenser, what chance do you think there is you might end up grabbing it for a bit of support once in a while???

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Can you tell if the fiberglass where you want to mount it is backed with wood? If so you might be ok. Otherwise I would lean more towards the "epoxy a piece of wood" idea and mount to that.

Just my $.02
I wouldn't put screws into the cabin top or sides, even if it is cored, since a leak nearby may flow along the cabin top and leak up into the core at that point via capilliary action... rotting the core from below. Also, if you're a bit off on the estimate of the screw length that will work... you're going to have a hole through the outer layer of laminate.

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I wouldn't put screws into the cabin top or sides, even if it is cored, since a leak nearby may flow along the cabin top and leak up into the core at that point via capilliary action... rotting the core from below. Also, if you're a bit off on the estimate of the screw length that will work... you're going to have a hole through the outer layer of laminate.
Good point however I never drill through fiberglass without using a sealant afterwards even if it's above the waterline.

Here's one thing my parents did on their boat. They mounted the paper towel holder on the inside of one of the cabinets in the galley. It took up a little bit of storage space but it was convenient when you needed it and out of the way when you didn't.
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I have a combo teak paper towel holder- spice rack. The top 2 longer screws go into some small teak moulding and the bottom screws go into some thin mahogany plywood that is mounted behind the stove and counter against the hull.

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