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On your Vberth, do you have any flat area's? if so, then you could do like I did in the flat area's that were foam back vinyl, I used a thin plywood veneer I got at Home Depot, ie door paneling, took some heavy brown wrapping paper. made as best as I could template, put it on the ply wood and cut about 1/4" out in my garage, then went to the boat with sabre saw, belt sander and proceeded to fit the plywood. Then came home and put the vinyl on the board with overlap to the back side about an inch, then stapled from the back, along with using contact cement on the living side. I have a balsa cored deck or some such thing for the most part, so I held the panels up with 1" screws and a cap on the screw I got at WM.
Both area's had a few more panels than I started with, the aft wall of the stateroom was vinyl, but I use the door paneling and varnished it. I've seen other models like mine with wood on that wall too.
The panels make it easier to get to thru deck bolts etc too.
If you want to talk some more off line here, pm me. I can get you pics of what I did to the v-berth too. I did not take too many before and after shots as that was the first thing I did, then did the aft room, head and finished with the main salon.
Then where you have the horn cleat, look at what I had, ie the horn styl jam cleat. Those work well too. I prefer them over the actual horn cleat or a clutch.
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