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For removal a heat gun and a set of putty knives should get most if not all the old vinyl off. 3M makes a great adhesive remover that will get must of the glue off after that. You'll probably want to run a random-orbital sander over the glass before starting the new installation.In certain places along the interior of the hull, there is a cheap, vinyl liner with a woven pattern. It's literally just a thin sheet of vinyl, glued to the hull to prevent you from seeing the raw glass. The weave pattern is awesome at holding mildew spores and requires constant scrubbing with bleach. It looks cheap and dated.
My thoughts for a replacement are a veneer of some kind which could be either wood or something like Formica. Here is one place to look Wood Veneer, Veneering, Veneer Plywood, Sheets & Tools at Woodcraft .
On general principles I would go for a light color (maple or birch). It should be something that doesn't clash with the wood you already have. Although I like to think my sense of the aesthetic is pretty good, when I was choosing finishes and upholstery for my boat I tortured nearly everyone I came across with samples. The input was helpful and made me think about things differently. Ultimately I made the choices myself but they weren't what I originally made. Eight years later I'm still happy.