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hoppy 02-13-2011 06:08 PM

Replacing V-berth wall panels P36-2
1985 Pearson 36-2 V-berth panel (foam-backed vinyl on plywood) is rotted beyond hope. Stanchion leak is fixed but I can't figure out replacement. Believe panel was installed before berth completed as there is minimal room to replace. Bought new foam-backed vinyl and 1/4" plywood but can't even dry fit the plywood. Any experience, suggestions appreciated.


MikeinLA 02-13-2011 08:34 PM

Well, I'll give it a try. My understanding is that these panels are on the two sides of the V berth, correct? When I have built additions in cramped spaces, I take the best measurements that I can and then cut it out of cardboard. (Refrigerator boxes are great for this). That allows you to trim in a trial & error sort of way. When it's perfect, use the cardboard as a template to cut the plywood. When it's the right size, you'll probably get it to fit. I'm sure the paneling was done after the V berth was built. My V berth sides are bare fiberglass and I was thinking of making panels like you're doing and then covering them in foam and fabric. I thought it would be cozier when I roll over and hit that cold fiberglass. Good Luck,


hoppy 02-15-2011 07:23 PM

Thanks for the reply. Solved the problem today. Went back to Home Depot and picked up a sheet of 1/8" hardboard (masonite).
The hardboard is pliable enough to fit the wall. Didn't have a problem with cutting the new piece, the space is extremely tight though.


MikeinLA 02-15-2011 07:57 PM

Good to hear, Everett. Let's see some pics of that spiffy new V berth when it's done.


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