One of our projects that we are really looking forward to when we have more time in a couple of years is to replace our boat's fabric headliner in the main cabin. We will use a very successful process recommended by Bob Lowe, a founder of the the Grand Banks Owners Forum and for years the shipwright who owned and operated Oak Harbor Boatworks, a yard that specializes in the maintenance, repair, restoration, and upgrading of Grand Banks boats on Whidbey Island, WA.
Bob restored a gorgeous 1974 Alaskan 45 named Dreamer
which was his own boat. Alaskan was a wood boat line manufactured by American Marine at the same time they were producing their wood and then fiberglass Grand Banks line. For the new headliner Bob used what's commonly referred to as doorskin, a mahogany ply, for the panels with teak strips. I have seen this method used on other GBs and it looks terrific plus allows easy access to the space above the headliner to run wires, cable chases, etc. Bob described the process he used on Dreamer
and other GBs that came through his yard on the forum.
Here are two photos of Dreamer's
interior in which the finished headliner can be seen.