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Irwin 39 restoration.
And so it begins. As I stated in my intro, my wife and I recently purchased an Irwin 39. Everything that makes the boat go is in fine working condition; itís the interior wood that needs the most attention.
Iím a woodworker of many years and feel Iím up to the task, but, as I mentioned in my intro, working on a boat isnít like building furniture for the home, and I could use a little help.
Right now I am refinishing the galley. This is pretty straight forward, sand and finish.
While sanding away in the galley, I often ponder what Iím going to do about the overhead. There is plenty of evidence to suggest that it was originally covered with a headliner. That had been removed and replaced with what has every appearance of a dry-erase board that one might find in a schoolroom today. Not suitable for the elements and now sagging in places, it simply has to go.
Looking at pictures of other boats, we came across one that had, or at least had the appearance of, planking on the overhead. This was painted white, looked great, and my wife decided that was the look she wanted. Mama gets what mama wants, and what mama wants isnít always synonymous with easy.
Two options as I see it:
The first is to use a paneling or plywood with the appearance of planking. My concern here is that paneling wonít hold up any better than the dry-erase stuff up there now, and that I have yet to find marine grade plywood with that pattern. Also, I would prefer to countersink and plug the screw holes, and plywood may not have enough ďmeatĒ on it to accomplish this while still having enough flexibility to fit the curvature of the overhead.
The second option would be to use wood planks (novel concept eh?), likely out of poplar for its stability, price and the fact it will be painted anyway. The question here becomes how much weight the overhead can safely supportÖin rough seas. Iím thinking 3/8 thick, ship-lapped, 3~4Ē wide (depends on overall look and how wide the final port and starboard pieces end up). Could go down to 1/4 if need be, but it doesnít leave much for the screws to hold on to.
My to-do list is longer than this post, but I am getting a bit long winded here. I would appreciate any advice, guidance, thoughts and suggestions you folks have.