Headliner, material and insulation

  • October 27, 2019 7:34 PM
    Message # 8079699
    Deleted user

    hello all,

    I am about to start to replace my headliner.  And I have a few questions. 

    1. Spacers to connect to. My original headliner was screwed to 1X3/4 inch what looked like pine slats that were glued to the fiberglass cabin top.  Most of these deboned in the center of the cabin giving a sagging look to the headliner.  Was this due to the spring back of the sticks or just a failure of the adhesive?  Should strips of plywood with relief cuts allowing for it to bend and conform be used? Or just use the same slats with a better prep/adhesive system?

    2. What would you use to insulate (if anything) the space between the headliner material and the cunderside of the cabin top? I live in the Pacific Northwest.

    3. Material for the actual headliner? I placed a large beam 46 inches aft of the main bulkhead This was esthetic and to break up the lines of the headliner. I am wanting to put wooden slats running for and aft. I’m a bit concerned about how much wood will be shown down below.  Can anyone share a photo of their headliner if they have a material and layout that they really like? I was actually thinking of a clear cedar or something really light, or even painting it white...

    Thanks all,

    bryon Craig 

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  • October 28, 2019 10:55 PM
    Reply # 8081722 on 8079699

    Hi Bryon, 

    I think you saw our headliner at the rendezvous, but I've attached a photo anyway. 

    I cut 1/4"x 1 1/2" Plywood strips to use as backing boards for our headliner installation.  The 1/4" plywood was easy to bend.  I attached the strips awthartship to the cabin top with thickened epoxy and used a couple of screws to hold them in place as the epoxy cured. 

    I used 1/4" closed cell foam between the plywood battens for insulation.  The foam is attached to the cabin top with contact cement.  I'm not sure the foam insulation was necessary as the cabin top is cored, but I figured it could not hurt to have it.

    We prefer to have our interior as light as possible so I installed white 1/8" fiberglass panels which are held in place with 1/4" x 1 1/2" teak battens that are screwed to the backing boards.  By making several panels and splitting them at midship it is easy to remove the panels individually when/if I need access to some part of the cabin top.

    ps: Your new Mast Beam and Compression Post look Great!



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  • October 30, 2019 8:33 PM
    Reply # 8084792 on 8079699
    Deleted user


    yes i I got a chance to see your boat in Port Townsend.  You did a great job and that is one way that I am thinking to go.  I’m also, wanting to explore other looks as well.  Thanks for sharing.

    Dave King did a great job with that beam and post, now I just need to pretty up around them.


  • December 15, 2019 9:17 AM
    Reply # 8286584 on 8079699
    Deleted user

    On Nellie Jo we used woven bamboo from Home Depot. It came in 4’x 8’ sheets. There were existing wood battons we attached it to. We covered the seams with clear pine. It is a light color so it keeps the cabin brighter. We used self stick 1/2” industrial neoprene type insulation on the fiberglass before we put the headliner in. I also mapped out where all the wires were run and put in backing blocks for lights.

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