|Today we began the process of panelling the interior of the forward half of the boat. Not with stained dark wood panel or boards, but with something bright and cheery!|
Second panel in place but not mounted
note the cut out for a chainplate
|We are going out on a limb
with the material we have chosen for this; fiberglass
It is 1/8", a bit floppier than 1/4" wood, but very strong and durable....plus with a randomly ( loosely termed ) raised texture and a semi gloss look, it seems to be a great material for this.
|There are some
considerations with this type of panelling though. In
some places it needs support where wood wouldn't. Luckily
we framed rather extensively so for the most part this
won't be a problem.
Also before laying in the panelling, Gena came up with the idea of putting in some thin foam padding. You can see it coming out under the panel in the top image. This will make it somewhat cushened, add to sound proofing, as well as act as a water barrier. It is normally used under the new style thin wood flooring now available, as padding.
8 hours - cut panels for dining, galley, and forward stateroom under decks. Cut under deck peices.