September Stripping

We spent the weekend aboard on the mooring preparing the salon area for the same treatment as the v-berth.

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September Morning Fog

The above photo was taken Sunday morning, thick fog and a gorgeous warm sun slowly revealing the boats as it burned the fog off.


Stripping off the old headlining which suffered from “Westerly Droop” and cleaning back the glue to the fibreglass. The black dust gets everywhere!

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Removing the saggy 40 year old headlining.
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Starboard lining removal
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Lining removed but most of the foam and glue still yet to come off.

The side lockers/storage under the windows were held up with a cargo-net and Velcro arrangement which isn’t particularly effective or satisfactory. We plan to come up with a 6mm stainless steel rod and curtain affair to try and tidy up that area. I will document that when we get to it.

The bulkhead that is currently pine-clad will be painted white to brighten up and make the space feel a bit more open.

2 Replies to “September Stripping”

  1. Interesting post for me, as I’ll be trying to deal with my ‘droop’ this winter. I’ll keep an eye on how you tackle yours, will you be using the foam again?

    1. Hi Gary, and Welcome to this little corner of the internet. Yes, I still plan to use the foam – primarily because I have so much of it left. I think I’ll use a cheaper bulk brilliant white Acrylic for the first few coats and then tone it down with the more expensive coloured white afterwards. I think I’ll probably still have a few mahogany/sapele strips across the roof to cover the joins and also continue to provide support and perhaps even stud them with led lighting to provide some lighting that is not so Spot focused. If I was starting again I’d definitely order White/neutral foam though – so that any scrapes are more forgiving.

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