The Headliner!

No, this is no special event with some great headliner performing, the headliner is a boat part.  The headliner is basically the ceiling of the boat and like everything else on our boat, it needs some serious love and care.

One thing I love about our headliner is the teak battens that arch across.

The headliner of the Alberg 37 MKII’s is an integrated fiberglass pan or structure that spans the entire top of the interior space of the boat.  It starts at one side of the hull at the hull to deck joint and comes inward, makes a turn up for the cabin top, and then turns back to head over to the other side.  This is good and bad: the good is that it provides extra strength and stability for the boat, the bad is that you cannot get to ANYTHING in between it and the deck.  This may seem like to big deal but it becomes important when you consider that there is a lot of important hardware through-bolted through the deck.  One of the problems we have to fix is where some of the through-bolts that were lead all the way through the headliner pulled up through their deck mount and took the headliner with it, causing stress cracks in the fiberglass.  Another issue is that some of those holes in the deck began to leak over time and leaked into the space in between the deck and headliner.  Undetected these leaks caused some issues.   The issues all came to a head around the areas where their is a hole in the deck that passes through to the cabin.  For example we have two overhead hatches, and the mast goes straight through the deck down to the bottom of the boat.  Take a look at the mess in these areas:

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I cried a little inside when I first saw how bad these areas were – to be honest I had no clue what I was up against and was really not looking forward to tackling the job.  But have no fear! Ever since I was a kid I found that if you destroy something completely you usually have a good base point to start building it back up!  So destroy we did! Out with the old, nasty, whatever compound they used in the 70’s, and whatever compound has been slathered on it since to cover up weeps:

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This gives you an idea of what I was talking about eariler when I described how the headliner is like a fiberglass pan spanning the top of the inner cabin.  There is a big (inch or so) hole in between the two.  At any spot where there is a hole in the boat (hatch, mast, screw…) the joint has to be joined and faired.  I have torn out 90% of the compound around the main cabin hatch and 100% of the compound around the hole where the mast goes through the deck.  I then sanded it and cleaned it all up:

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We are now ready to remove those three blocks you see, their backing-plate on the underside of the headliner, fill in all the holes, reinforce the entire area around the mast and fill in and fair the gaping hole I’ve created!

3 thoughts on “The Headliner!

  1. We are facing the same issue on our boat. Looking forward to seeing pictures of your progress.We’ve moved into an inside bay (unheated) and will be removing all the deck hardware. We have some deck recoring to do.

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    1. We also have some deck re-coring on the agenda! I’ve been waiting for it to cool down but plan to start in a few weeks. A daunting task but relatively straightforward process. I will keep you updated and hope that your projects come along smoothly! 🙂

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