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Old 22-12-2009, 14:10   #1
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Question Interior Locker Liners - Ideas?

My mom has decided on an Ericson 27’ 1974 sailboat. We found one where the owner had repaired the rotten wood deck. We had the boat surveyed and the boat is in good condition and will be arriving in the next month and she wants to move on it. One thing she is really concerned about is that the interior lockers are lacking a fiberglass liner and she doesn’t know what to do to protect her stuff from condensation as well as the raw glass. Things like her clothes and other stuff you’d keep in a house.

Any ideas about an inexpensive way to line the lockers that will insult the lockers and keep condensation out as well as protect her stuff from the raw glass.

Thanks again for all your help.
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Old 22-12-2009, 14:43   #2
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Any ideas about an inexpensive way to line the lockers that will insult the lockers and keep condensation out as well as protect her stuff from the raw glass.

Thanks again for all your help.

I've often found that yelling profanitys at the lockers will insult them
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Old 22-12-2009, 14:44   #3
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I like cedar plywood but it is not cheap and not easy to install. You could use monkey fur (indoor outdoor carpet) it is cheap and easy to install. just glue it to the hull side will offer enough insulation to prevent condensation in most cases. Other thoughts are cedar ceiling strips or luaun plywood. Foam backed vinyl but is good too.

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haha oh yes.. insult..i mean insulate!
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I used 12" square cork tiles. Easy to work with.
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Old 22-12-2009, 17:11   #6
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Cedar closet liner kits

Consider using tongue and grove cedar closet lining kits. The cost is about $1.50 to $2.00 per square foot for 3/8 inch thick x 4 inch wide tongue and grove boards.
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anyone ever made fiberglass liners for the storage lockers in a boat?
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anyone ever made fiberglass liners for the storage lockers in a boat?
I'm sure someone has, but that sounds like real work if you want to have a "finished" look. Build a mold, spray release wax, spray gelcoat, lay up fiberglass, wait to cure, remove liner from mold, glass liner into locker. Yup, sounds to me like real work, at least the first time around.
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ok thanks for the input, do you think the other options mentioned here such as carpet or foam backed vinyl are just as good a substitute? my mom is really worried about the lack of air between the carpet and the hull surface and fears that mildew or moisture will get in and make her things wet. Thanks so much

If any one can explain to me how the condensation in the boat works and if a fiberglass liner would be a much better idea than carpet or something of the like?
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Any time you have warm moist air meet a cool surface you'll get condensation. In the Northeast, the water and air temperature can be in the 50's even in July and, if the boat is sealed up with warm breathing bodies inside, moisture will condense on the inside of the hull and overhead. The best way to avoid it is to have a lot of ventilation. A heater (vented to the outside) also helps. I'd think condensation would be less of a problem in LA, because both outside air and water would be warmer.

The real problem with condensation is that it promotes the growth of mildew. For this reason, a FG liner is good because it's easy to wipe off and clean. However, as I already pointed out, retrofitting a glass liner would not be an easy project. Once you get mold in carpet or foam, it would be very difficult to get rid off. Wood is a very traditional liner for yacht interiors, it's relatively easy to keep clean, and relatively easy to install. Cedar is good because it's lightweight and resistant to rot. Other woods to consider would be redwood, mahogany, cherry, etc.

Small boats being what they are, it's probably unrealistic to expect that things will never get wet (especially if you actually sail, as opposed to stay at the dock). If your mom wants to keep some things absolutely dry, I suggest a generous supply of Tupperware containers, ziplock bags, or dry bags like one's used by kayakers.
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Clear plastic rug runners hung from the top of the cabinets and laid against the hull might be enough to cut down on some of the condensation. It certainly will protect whatever you put in the locker from damage.
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Oh, and congratulations on the new boat.
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My Ericson has one small hanging locker...never really had a condensation problem in it...but on the inside yes.....Installed solar vents and kept the aft vents uncovered.
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