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Insulating Hull

Hi All,

Now that I'm living aboard my Vega 27 my earlier priorities have been reordered quickly. A warm dry boat is the first thing.

I want to begin to insulate the hull next week and wonder if anyone knows of a site which details such a project.

Originally, I was thinking to use a closed cell foam called Reflectix (sold at Home Depot) but I'm told this foil like material cannot be glued to the hull. Also, instead of glassing stringers to the hull, I would like to use a construction adhesive called PL Premium and then pressure fit the foam. I would then leave a gap for air circulation and finish the interior side with a white Arborite. Seams can be hidden by building shelves on both sides. More storage!

Would appreciate any input....


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I've used Ethafoam (1/2") over the last 20 years to good effect. I attach it with 3M Super 77 spray adhesive which is designed for plastics. It's soft and easy to cut/fit. It's available at Industrial Plastics. You will need some kind of stringers to attach the Arborite to. Vertical pieces of wood epoxied to the hull with the foam in between and covered with wood strips works well and looks good.
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