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LittleWingCA 03-28-2011 06:28 PM

Headliner Replacement Cost
Hi Everyone:

I am in the process of updating quite a few things on Littlewing, one of which is the headliner. I received a quote from a local company that specializes in marine / car headliners and was quoted ~ $1750 to:

1) Remove the main salon + head, headliner
2) Remove the V-Birth headliner
3) Remove 2 settee area headliners, one on each side of boat.
4) Replace all headliner material with ~ 35 yards of marine vinyl
5) Add zippers, border, padding as needed.
6) Reinstall

The boat is 27 foot. Sound about right? Anyone done this, or had it done on their sailboat. Looking for feedback on the cost. Area is southern California.

turbulicity 03-28-2011 06:36 PM


I don't know what the cost should be really but I would ask for a quote excluding the removal of the old headliner (You can easily do that).

I just bought a boat. The headliner is removed and the ceiling is bare fiberglass currently. Owner is giving me the new cloth. I am strongly leaning towards painting the ceiling with some nice wood trimmings. Just throwing it out there. I think the cloth headliners just soak up a lot of dirt and moisture over time. Not to mention the fire hazard.

LittleWingCA 03-28-2011 06:45 PM


Yea, taking them off would be easy, the quote has a line item for removal separate from the rest in case I wanted to go this route. Mine are not cloth but vinyl, and Im sure once replaced would look very nice also. I have a lot of wires, deck fittings, etc. coming through the cabin top, so covering it up would be prefered by the Admiral.

centaursailor 03-28-2011 06:49 PM

Can,t answer the cost question but it is expensive and messy.:eek:
I have removed the headlining on my 26ft Centaur agus am not replacing them as theres lots of alternatives in mags etc,
Theres a good thread on SN that I saw updated the other day.
My main problem is condensation on the painted surface that causes mildew over the winter. Am still trying different solutions. Other than that I like the paint finish, easy to clean and maintain.
Would mildew affect you in sunny California?:cool:
Safe sailing
Post edited to protect the illiterate, keep forgetting the spell check

LittleWingCA 03-28-2011 06:55 PM


I have not had any mildew issues other than in the water tank. During the summer it is so dry even any water that finds its way into the bilge doesn't last.

turbulicity 03-28-2011 07:01 PM

Condensation and mildew are problems here in CA too. I have a lot of bulkhead rot damage so I am trying to minimize moisture inside. The thing about the headliner is that it hides minor leaks pretty well. I would rather have the deck fittings in plain sight and make them visually more acceptable by using some shiny and well cut stainless pieces. Sorry for drifting off topic and making this into discussion about the merits of headliners. I will leave this alone to those who would know about the proper pricing for headliner replacement.

LittleWingCA 03-28-2011 07:04 PM


No worries, all inputs welcome. Maybe going "natural" would be better. :)

blt2ski 03-28-2011 11:26 PM

Is that labor? materials? or both? I spent about 1G just in materials IIRC, maybe half of that at the least to redo all the foam backed vinyl in my 30'r. I was quoted upwards of $7-8K including labor. HERE is a link to the how I did the aft stateroom, with a link to the head area at the bottom of that article.

Hope this helps some.


GraemeInCanada 03-29-2011 12:24 AM

I've recently been looking for material to use in my own boat and found "marine" vinyl at $27 per yard (round abouts). It's about 4 feet wide, so you'll need to do the math there but I suspect about 13 yards of it. Add in the glue, time, cutting, measuring etc.. get's up there. Could you do it for half that cost? yup. I think so. Is your time worth it? I would think it would take a few days to a week to do. About 2 grand seems high, I would do it myself but it all depends on what your time is worth.

mitiempo 03-29-2011 12:56 AM

The quote sounds about right if your plan for boat maintenance is cheque writing.

But there are other durable, attractive solutions that are fairly easy to do if you are a bit handy. Easier to keep clean than vinyl or cloth and hides the wiring as well. Here's a link to a good how-to on headliners. About halfway down the page.
Atom Voyages | Nicholson 31 Refit

As far as keeping an eye out for leaks from deck hardware, if they need rebedding it should be done properly and then you are good for several years minimum.

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