There is an article in the most recent Good Old Boat about using foil faced foam insulation board wrapped in fabric. The auothor used it successfully on compound curves. You should probably fix the remaining leak before using any type of panel, upholstery, or fabric. Otherwise you will just be farming mold. If you can't track down the last leak, paint may be the best option.
02-12-2008 10:23 PM
I wouldn't recommend carpet of any description in any function on a boat, except perhaps a small mat at the base of the companionway. It's a moisture magnet.
While it's labour intensive you could use closed cell foam as a "liner" (ensolite or even the sleeping pads used by campers) and cover it with a vinyl type material. Or you could "upholster" plywood panels and fix them in place somehow but that's tough to do with compound curves, of course.
Another tack to take is glue in some vertical furring strips and "plank" the inner hull (called the ceiling) with cedar or teak battens. You can use a layer of foam behind it if you wish, or leave it open-seamed and ventilating. This makes for a very nice nautical look.
02-12-2008 08:12 PM
Thanks for the link.
Any suggestions on something that wouldn't retain moisture? I was considering some indoor/outdoor carpet, or something that would have an easier time staying dry.
02-12-2008 06:49 PM
Here are a couple of replacements for the headliner. You could also just paint it.