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10-01-2014 10:04 AM
wfish11
Re: Replacing Headliner

I haven't done this yet but Daniel Spurr's book "Upgrading the Cruising Sailboat" describes it on page 80. You can probably find the book at the library. Basically you glue thin stringers to the ceiling and then attach strips to the stringers with screws. You can always take down a section to access hardware, etc. and it is a good place to run wiring.

I have used the grass cloth on the sides of the boat (Cal 29, 1974) and it does cover rough spots well. Just cut holes for the hardware and finish them with some sort of washer or if large, box them with thin teak.

Repair and rebed all of your deck hardware, etc. and you won't have to worry about leaks for a while.

Good Luck
09-30-2014 08:47 PM
blt2ski
Re: Replacing Headliner

Mary,

That could be about right. My boat would have used 2 4x8 sheets of something to do the roof part. Might have even been 2x10's! I did buy about two other 4x8 sheets of door panel to do some of the flat parts of my boat with vinyl over the door paneling. This seemed to be about the same/equal product for those panels on my boat originally.

Not sure in the end if there is a true right or wrong, only what fits you and your ability, circumstance, what looks good to you etc.

Marty
09-30-2014 07:49 PM
miatapaul
Re: Replacing Headliner

Quote:
Originally Posted by marybryant View Post
wfish11
interested in what you are saying. Have you successfully glued planks to the interior of cabin roof? Are you routing wiring on top? And leaving hardware exposed? As you say, springy shower curtain and window curtain rods are very useful

Your mention of grass cloth is also interesting. Since my cabin top interior isnt too rough I wonder if I could glue a synthetic grass cloth onto it and paint that white. Trying to imagine how it would be to repair or restore it if there were a leak. Gotta be easier than trying to texture it with epoxy or Bondo or truck liner.
I am playing with ideas as to how to cover the hardware yet retain access.

The square footage of my (collapsed and removed) headliner panels for the main cabin amount to roughly two 4by8 luon sheets. Ugh. Seems huge.


Mary
Freedom 30 Corydora
Belfast Maine
Check out the sailrite site they have some really good how to videos for free.

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09-30-2014 02:02 PM
marybryant
Re: Replacing Headliner

wfish11
interested in what you are saying. Have you successfully glued planks to the interior of cabin roof? Are you routing wiring on top? And leaving hardware exposed? As you say, springy shower curtain and window curtain rods are very useful

Your mention of grass cloth is also interesting. Since my cabin top interior isnt too rough I wonder if I could glue a synthetic grass cloth onto it and paint that white. Trying to imagine how it would be to repair or restore it if there were a leak. Gotta be easier than trying to texture it with epoxy or Bondo or truck liner.
I am playing with ideas as to how to cover the hardware yet retain access.

The square footage of my (collapsed and removed) headliner panels for the main cabin amount to roughly two 4by8 luon sheets. Ugh. Seems huge.


Mary
Freedom 30 Corydora
Belfast Maine
09-30-2014 09:23 AM
wfish11
Re: Replacing Headliner

You could forget about the headliner and glue thin strips of wood 2 or 3" wide up there. Use short 2x3s or an adjustable shower curtain rod to press the wood into place. Glue grass cloth onto the sides and paint it white.

If you must do a headliner get the 3M headliner glue from Sailrite.

You should buy one of these mutli tool vibrators. Use the scraper attachment to remove any old glue, etc. These things are great, you'll use the sander a lot in small spots and grab rails, etc. Well worth the money. Also buy a resperator type mask with carbon filters to save your lungs when you are working inside with all that glue.

Good Luck
09-29-2014 11:49 PM
blt2ski
Re: Replacing Headliner

Mary,

The site that the link is at, the owner has been doing some much needed updating of things. Some links have change. Here is the new one. THere is another link at the end of this link, to how I redid the head area also......
Headlining Replacement

Marty
09-29-2014 09:45 AM
marybryant
Re: Photo? Replacing Headliner

blt2ski

Am struggling with headliner issues and would love to see the photo of the results of your work. The link is now dead. Is the photo at another location?

Thanks
07-13-2009 04:59 PM
blt2ski "IF" you end up painting the interior, there is some paint made for the bottom of the hull, ie bilge area's, this might be a better option than exterior paint! You may not have the color options, but it might be a better paint to use, or use a hull paint vs what I am assuming to be typical house style exterior paint. If I am wrong on the type of exterior paint you are thinking of using, oh well! life goes on.

Or do a slight resurface of the hull with new gel coat to smooth it out, then paint with appropriate paint too.

Yes, the work I did to my boat took awhile. The rear took about 20-30 hrs, the head 15-20, main cabin headliner 15 or so, and the front V berth 20-30 too, but that was the first place I fixed, and learned the hard way on some of the things I had to deal with. A bunch of hours needless to say, but I do get a lot of compliments on it, so I am happy with my time spent etc. For your boat it may not be worth it, but for a larger boat in the mid 20 on up range, it could/would be depending upon the boat and model type etc.

marty
07-13-2009 01:33 PM
geraldartman I vote for the bed liner. I just used it on a 14ft aluminum fishing boat bottom to help seal the leaks. Goes on easy. Sticks like glue. Moderately expensive. Very durable and flexible. Make sure you mask off everything including yourself.
07-12-2009 06:31 PM
MKeller926 blt2ski - Your headliner looks really nice. I'm not sure I have the patience though to make the vinyl look neat and covering all the seams, hiding the staples etc.

tager - I've given this some thought... I may end up using regular exterior paint and painting it in the meantime until I think of a better solution. Who knows, I may end up deciding not to do anything more to it...

wtosterhout - That's an interesting idea, but I'm not sure we have anything like that in small town Oklahoma... I'll have to check the phone book.
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