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Old 01-07-2012, 15:50   #1
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Help Replacing Cabin Liners

Hello, I just bought a very nice Rafiki 35 a few months ago. the PO was in the midle of a refit of sorts. he had some leaks from some fittings on the cabin top and some portholes so he decided to butcher the liners in the cabin, he never got to replace them so now is my job.
my main question is what to use to replace the old liner? the old one is almost 1/2'' think, should I use the same thikness or thinner and spacers?
the PO did keep all the teak trims
price and simplicity over luxury preferred.
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Old 01-07-2012, 16:04   #2
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Re: Help replacing cabin liners

Thinner with spacers for me and take a kgs out of the boat that isn't needed. Ours is less than 1/4" ply with a vinyl cloth covering it. Simple, light and easy to take down and put back up again to run wiring etc.

Given your location I wonder if there is any benefit in insulating the cabin roof space that will be created?

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I have a similar problem, and was considering using Formica sheets cut to fit the spans of the existing panels. You can get them to look like almost anything including wainscoting that would give an interesting look to the ceiling. Seemed logical and was cost-efficient.

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Re: Help replacing cabin liners

thanks, for the promt answers.
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I was wondering if insulation is of any use in tropical climates? would it make the boat hotter? what kind of vinyl you used? any idea how long it lasts?

anyone haas an idea of formica vs vinyl+ply pros-cons?
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Old 01-07-2012, 19:07   #5
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have you considered something like this?

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I used a vinyl that I bought for about $3.00 a yd with about 3/8" foam stapled on 1/4" ply. We have 1" spacers with insulation. My dockmate and I both have Westsail 32'S He doesn't have insulation, I do from the waterline. I opened both boats the other day with the temps in the 90's my boat was probably 10 to 15 degrees cooler than his
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thanks for the link but way to expensive...
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so it would be agood time to put some insulation...what did you use?
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The insulation was already on the boat but it is the standard foam that you can buy at home depot. Yes it is worth it. It comes in 4x8 sheets. Cut it to fit push it up between the spacers and trim out for wiring etc. I have 2" wide strips of teak that I varnished. Put up the insulation put your panels over it and screw your teak strips with brass screws into your spacers to hold together. Total cost less than 200 bucks
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Re: Help replacing cabin liners

yeah, thin ply and vinyl cover, or that ply that comes with the laminate installed.
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would this pproduct or somthinng similar work?
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See also ➥ Head Liner Replacement Help

And ➥ Motoryach Headliner Installation - The most usual finish is Vinyl or Polyeutethane upholstery fabric over foam padding; but any laminate could be glued over the door skin panels. Cruisers & Sailing Photo Gallery
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being fiberglass I imagine it would. I think I would want something thicker to avoid sagging though... not sure. A little like the Popcorn ceiling look though!
Insulation would be great to make up the gap, maybe you could glue it on to make those panels more rigid...?
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thanks, for the promt answers.
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I was wondering if insulation is of any use in tropical climates? would it make the boat hotter? what kind of vinyl you used? any idea how long it lasts?

anyone haas an idea of formica vs vinyl+ply pros-cons?
We would insulate but for a different reason, mainly to stop the ice crystals forming inside the boat We have a cored deck which does help but for you worth doing even if its with home depot stuff for behind radiators, foil covered bubble wrap type stuff if the budget is stretched (isn't it always )

The vinyl is the original stuff Moodys fitted 23 years ago. We have the odd mark and a little staining were the previous owner had a parafin lamp I think, but otherwise it still looks really good. The thin plywood panels are easy to take down and balance on your head when putting them back up again, that said those GRP panels look interesting. Fold the vinyl over the edge and staple on, quick and easy.

Just choose a light colour, no dark oak or it will look like a cave.

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thanks for sll the info, i will let you know when I decide.
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