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Old 22-11-2019, 05:52   #1
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Question Fiberglass headliner replacement

I am in the middle of my sc31 total refit project and i am considerimg replacing the original fiberglass/gelcoat headliner as it has spider/stress cracks, doesnt seem to be strongly attached to the deck (boat cealing) and i dont like it because i cant see the deck (interior side)... Plus all deck hardware is attached to it and the deck so if i had a leak the water will be hard to detect and it will go everywhere...

Anyways i was wondering if anyone has faced or is facing the replacement of the interior headliner.

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Old 22-11-2019, 06:23   #2
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I am in the middle of my sc31 total refit project and i am considerimg replacing the original fiberglass/gelcoat headliner as it has spider/stress cracks, doesnt seem to be strongly attached to the deck (boat cealing) and i dont like it because i cant see the deck (interior side)... Plus all deck hardware is attached to it and the deck so if i had a leak the water will be hard to detect and it will go everywhere...

Anyways i was wondering if anyone has faced or is facing the replacement of the interior headliner.

Thanks!

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stress cracks can be sanded ,regelcoated then sanded and polished out

deck fittings that are leaking just need lifting and rebedding with butyl tape.

removing a moulded grp headliner that is part of the structure is not something i would undertake lightly as you will need to laminate stringers to the underside of the coach roof and cabin sides to replace with another headliner
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Old 22-11-2019, 07:53   #3
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Re: Fiberglass headliner replacement

As long as you have a good plan and follow thru, should be no problem. Be aware I have met too many people getting discouraged after taking the headliners of their boat. Most end up selling the boat and moving on. Also a good advice for the wife not to see that...it can leave emotional scars
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Re: Fiberglass headliner replacement

Thank you! That's part of the problem, i do not have a plan... Yet... I am just trying to see whats the best option. Keep it or remove it...
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Thank you! That's part of the problem, i do not have a plan... Yet... I am just trying to see whats the best option. Keep it or remove it...
some photos would be helpful if you want advice.
there is a big difference between a structural moulded in liner as you find on many boats to laminated liners that have been put in just for a cosmetic finish
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