Traditionally the interiors of sailing boats were finished out in teak for its resistance to rot
in the ocean environment
. It just became "normal" to see dark wood interiors. Then about a decade or two ago the shortage of teak drove the prices sky-high and boat builders tried something new - white board interiors except for structural bulkheads which were still made from teak laminate plywood
. The public loved the new "lighter and brighter" interiors and now virtually all the new boats are doing this.
- - In a refit
I stripped out all the rotten and delaminated teak ply interior panels
leaving only the teak plywood
structural bulkheads. Then I used white kitchen laminate panels
and covered the sidewalls and overheads (ceilings). The result is an old boat with a new bright interior just like the fancy ones in the boat shows.
- - The white laminate material is available in most all home supply stores and lumber stores. It comes in 4 ft x 8 ft sheets
and can be cut with tin snips. You then can either glue it with an epoxy
putty mixture to the overheads and sidewalls or simply cut to size and push into place for sidewalls. You then use the old teak trim pieces or make new teak trim pieces to fill the corners and also to hold the panels not permanent glued into place. Look carefully at the new boats in boat shows and you will see how it is being done. It does take a million trips up and down the ladder in a boat yard to get each piece exactly correct. And you will find out why boats cost so much. The hulls and stuff are cheap
, it is the finishing out of the hundreds of little trim pieces that consumes enormous time and effort by a craftsman to do it correctly.
- - My new interior looks a lot like "Stillraining's" photos. It is a marvelous way to do an interior.