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Old 27-04-2015, 03:46   #1
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What's that stuff?

I have a 1981 Gulfstar 44 that has white panels of material for the overhead held in place by strips of wood. It looks like the same material was used for the bulkheads in the heads. I need to try and repair or replace some of it. What is that stuff? Is it still available? Can it be repaired (screw holes etc.) or does it just have to be replaced? What's a good alternative if it has to be replaced?

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Old 27-04-2015, 04:03   #2
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Do you have any pics. Our head liner is a white vinyl fabric and head bulkheads have a Formica type hard surface. If the Formica type you may be able to get close match from box storefront home improvement stores.

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Old 27-04-2015, 04:29   #3
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Re: What's that stuff?

My overhead is held in the same way. I have used tile board available at any big box store. It is inexpensive and seems to hold up well. Sections of my upper bulkheads are formica, which was no fun to replace. http://69.89.27.238/~sailboa1/2013/1...cabin/#hallovr
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Old 27-04-2015, 10:24   #4
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It's definitely not vinyl-like. More like Formica or something with a hard, white surface over a particle-like board. I know the previous owner tried to patch a few screwl holes without a lot of success cosmetically.
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Old 27-04-2015, 13:46   #5
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Re: What's that stuff?

We have something similar, hard white (formica?) over a very thin plywood.

I think the PO was a shop teacher. I think I've seen this stuff before, but damned if I know where to find it.
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Old 27-04-2015, 13:50   #6
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Re: What's that stuff?

May be a Melamine type of product. Used to line inner surface of cheap cabinets, and such.
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Re: What's that stuff?

Plywood with a thin formica like surface is sold commercially.... I forget what it's called.
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Re: What's that stuff?

Tropic Cat (Rick) from the Catamaran Site in Florida told me he was going to replace his with a 3mm thick white plastic sheet he could buy from Loews in the US. If you're interested in replacing it all you might consider something like a solid plastic instead of a laminate. Inert, waterproof, etc. cheap.
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I found the stuff he was talking about:

Sintra PVC
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Old 30-04-2015, 03:54   #10
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Thanks - I'll look into the Sintra product to see if that can work.
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