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Old 03-04-2014, 11:36 PM   #21
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Thanks, all! She's starting to look like one of those fancy Hinckley "lobster boats"... Lord, I hope not. I want it to look good, but not so good that I'm afraid to use it!

It's been tedious work, but not difficult. Worst part is trying to get a somewhat level and squared substructure with the studs. I got the idea from my old Passport 40 sailboat, which had a similar setup.

I used bead board I got at Lowes; 4x8' sheets. Very reasonable. I sealed the back side for added moisture protection and then painted the front side (which was already primed) with a semi-gloss enamel. Filled the areas between the studs with R-Tech insulated sheeting. Should make it a little better insulated and help with moisture control... not that we have an issue with that here on the Gulf Coast, ha!

Like the bamboo thatch, too! Might have considered it if I'd have seen it sooner. The wife likes the added light with the white ceiling and bigger ports.

Al, tried to answer your PM. Hope I did it right!

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Old 03-04-2014, 11:45 PM   #22
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That bamboo is also very nice, Dave.
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Bren,

Looks really nice. I made the mistake of showing it to the admiral....you know where that went. Now it's been added to the project list. How did you attach the fir strips? Also, do you have any photos from the outside with the new bigger portlights?

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Where did you get the bamboo-like material? And how did you attach it?
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Bren, Looks really nice. I made the mistake of showing it to the admiral....you know where that went. Now it's been added to the project list. How did you attach the fir strips? Also, do you have any photos from the outside with the new bigger portlights? DHM, Where did you get the bamboo-like material? And how did you attach it?
Sorry, didn't mean to mislead anyone. That's not my boat, I'm looking for that material as well.

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Old 03-05-2014, 09:38 AM   #26
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DHM,

This looks like it might be what you are looking for:

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Old 03-05-2014, 10:54 AM   #27
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Bustlebomb...

I know the feeling, except in our house it's when the wife is watching HGTV and says, "Hey, you can do that with our house!".

The studs and strips are adhered with 3M 5200 and stainless screws. On the sheer vertical section in the cabin where the port lights are, the fiberglass is non-cored and very thin (1/8-1/4 inch) so I could only use 5200, no screws. The rest of the ceiling is cored with 1/2 inch (in some places 2 layers thick) plywood, so there's no problem backing up the 5200 with screws. I attached the bead board with nails (thank goodness for air guns!) and then stainless screws along the edges, which are covered up by the trim pieces.

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Nice work Bren .The fit and paint finish looks really good. That's what I do on vacation. We need to get this work thang behind us .
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Bren,

The portlights look great! Not to hijack the thread but where did you get the portlights? What did you use to cut the fiberglass to fit the new ones? And what did you bed them with? That looks like a great project. I've got to be careful bot to show that one to my wife yet....

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Here's what my 1977 34 LRC Capt's stateroom portlights look like. I thought we all had 2 ports in the cabin.



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Old 03-05-2014, 06:59 PM   #31
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Al... Wow! I don't think I've ever seen a 34 LRC with TWO ports in the cabin. Your's is a "galley up" model, correct?

Matt... I got them at Defender, $165 a piece, with all hardware for mounting and bug screens, part #900511. Because of the spigot depth, I stood them off from the fiberglass via fir strips, about 3/4". They measure 8 1/2" x 18 7/16", so they fit perfectly in width, just had to cut the bottom of the existing opening about an extra 2" or so, as the old ports are only about 6 1/2" tall. Since the fiberglass is so thin there, an electric jigsaw takes care of it in no time. The height of the new ports will be a challenge when I replace the ones in the fore cabin, at the cabin top tapers somewhat and there isn't as much room as there is for the ones more aft. They will still fit, but the bottom of the trim ring will be very close to the deck.

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Yes, galley up.

There was a thread in the Californian section re: portlights. Try a search for source info.

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Wow this thread is really giving me some good ideas with what to do about replacing the vinyl on my ceiling as well...
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Old 03-11-2014, 08:33 PM   #34
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ERJ...

League City?? Where are you at? I'm at Watergate....

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