April 4, 2017
In the galley, there was a narrow area above the storage shelf where the hull was covered with an old vinyl liner, much like that in the quarterberth that I’d replaced earlier. Actually, this vinyl material was in place throughout the boat, but this section in the galley was decrepit, heavily stained, and the owners asked that I replace it with the same material as in the quarterberth.
The original liner had been installed before the cabinetry, so it extended past the shelf and into the space beneath. I used a sharp knife to cut the material even with the top of the shelf so I could remove it. Several pieces of trim at the bulkheads at either end also held the fabric in place and covered the raw edges, so I removed these in order to release the fabric, after which I could pull it away from the hull and remove it. Access was tight at best; at the after end, I could barely fit in a hand and arm over the fiddle and with the minimal clearance beneath the deck.
I used the old liner to rough out the width of the new fabric. I decided to wrap a little of the fabric onto the shelf during installation, which I thought would look nice and finish off the area better.
After dry-fitting the new material and making adjustments and relief cuts as needed. I permanently installed it with spray adhesive. Clearance at the aft end was so tight that I had to spray the adhesive into a cup, then with maximum effort reach into the space with a brush to get some on the hull and fabric. Once the new material was in place, I reinstalled the trim at the forward end, but left off the aft trim since there was quite simply no way to install it, whether by hand nail (as original) or with an air tool, as the clearance was simply too tight. Fortunately, this trim wouldn’t be missed nor visible.
To wrap up work for the day, I applied another coat of varnish to the back side of the v-berth door.
Total time billed on this job today: 2.5 hours
0600 Weather Observation:
33°, mostly cloudy. Forecast for the day: rain, mixing with or changing to snow, 30s