Recently, I was on Max-on's Dehler 33. It's a very pretty leadmine
However, it's got a problem that a lot of boats share, especially newer ones. The interior is finished with a hull liner and head liner that essentially act to stiffen the boat from what I can see. But there is no way to get past either to do any work on the deck or hull in 95% of the places.
One recent member here on sailnet did a fairly large hardware upgrade on his boat and he went from this:
But to do so, his cabin ended up looking like he has a bad infestation of fiberglass termites:
My boat has basically the same issues, but my headliner isn't a rigid fiberglass one like Max-on's and cutting through the material is a much simpler option. Eventually, I plan on taking down the current headliner and replacing it with one that is easily removable for maintenance and hardware installation.
I'm planning on installing furring strips, which will be epoxied/glassed to the underside of the cabintop, and using those to mount the new headliner. I also plan on leaving openings for the existing hardware and such to make inspection and maintenance easier to do.
Have any of you done something like this? If so, do you have any regrets or things you'd change about how you did the installation? What tips and tricks would you mention to someone doing this?
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