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« : March 01, 2013, 01:09:32 PM »

Ok starting a big job, complete sewout of a 52' sportfisherman. The first step is to tear out the work started by the owner. He was glueing up thin foam and vinyl. Not going there again. His work has the typical hand prints and dents. My experience is slim in this area except for the nightmare last summer of a glue up that took too long and caused too many gray hairs. I've been given freehand on what to use. Right now the boat has no finishes. Like a house before drywall. In the salon there's bare ply. Below there are framing members. What system would you recommend for ease of installation and finished look? There's a LOT of work in this boat. Don't want to get hung up on the 1st step which is headliner. Thanks in advance.
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« #1 : March 01, 2013, 02:42:42 PM »

Can you post any pictures of this start, Im interested in the base/framing

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« #2 : March 01, 2013, 05:59:27 PM »

I'd do headliner track (like WhisperWalls).  TriVantage sells the track and tools.  The end result is really professional looking.  If you plan the track placement you can really reduce waste and putting up the fabric/vinyl is fairly quick.  Next would be covering luan panels that stick up with dual lock, but getting them sized/shaped for a new installation would take a lot of futzing around. 

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« #3 : March 01, 2013, 09:11:33 PM »

my first pic post?
<a href="http://s382.beta.photobucket.com/user/forsailbyowner/media/waverider4.jpg.html" target="_blank"><img src="http://i382.photobucket.com/albums/oo269/forsailbyowner/waverider4.jpg" border="0" alt=" photo waverider4.jpg"/></a>
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« #4 : March 01, 2013, 09:14:53 PM »

oh well at least I got a link that worked, heres the work the owner started

<a href="http://s382.beta.photobucket.com/user/forsailbyowner/media/waverider3.jpg.html" target="_blank"><img src="http://i382.photobucket.com/albums/oo269/forsailbyowner/waverider3.jpg" border="0" alt=" photo waverider3.jpg"/></a>
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« #5 : March 01, 2013, 10:05:34 PM »

Here's a pic of the headliner track installation.

http://www.harborcushions.com/photos/Formula%20400SS/Headliner%20going%20up.JPG

You can just see the track at the top of the photo.  The foam (1") was glued to the deck and the vinyl was unlined.  After tucking in both edges, and tensioning, you trim the excess and tuck that into the track.  It's really a clean finished look when done.  What I really like about the system is that you really have to screw up badly to make it irreversible.  If you get a pull or wrinkle here or there, just pull that out of the track and do it over. 

http://www.harborcushions.com/photos/Formula%20400SS/New%20hull%20liner%20and%20headliner.JPG

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« #6 : March 01, 2013, 10:53:38 PM »

JuneC
Is this how im to get this, use dual lock on the bottom side of framing/deck support so as to mount luan board to so it could have access if and whenever. then use adhesive for 1'' foam to luan between the track.  in whatever way that is some super products your using and put together for a great job on that one.
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« #7 : March 01, 2013, 11:10:02 PM »

forsailbyowner
What would be a good width for pieces of luan or whatever up there if future wiring or whatever access is wanted. Did i see insulation board in the pic to be used also.
Hey thanks to both of you for the pics I realy appreciate the help understanding your projects. 
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« #8 : March 02, 2013, 07:16:17 AM »

Thanks bunches June. In a prior life I did a LOT of accoustic ceiling and this seems right up my track. I take it this stuff is fairly flexible as it looks like your work is contoured. Theres a spot where the ceiling is concave. I see provisions for penetrations also as he has led lighting in the salon and various ac ducts and lights below. Try another pic or two



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« #9 : March 02, 2013, 07:59:30 AM »

I e only done the old way perfeoated white vinyl stapled aroubd the edge then nirmaly covered with wooden strip on a center seam stapled with a plastic strip for stiffnes the folded over pulled tight to the nest  rossbean. Last one was on a 72. 58' hatterass.

http://i782.photobucket.com/albums/yy102/Mike8560/covers/6449EA3E-3E34-46BC-B632-9D1A3AB94C97-1805-0000025810981363.jpg

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« #10 : March 02, 2013, 08:14:24 AM »

Having problems finding a source, is this the center span track?

http://www.trivantage.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/en/tri-us/PVC+Awning+Double+Ceiling+Molding+R1338+8+White+Standard+Pack+80+Feet+251057+

I searched whisper and whisper ceiling at trivantage and this is the only thing close.  I will contact whisper wall .
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« #11 : March 02, 2013, 10:58:47 AM »

On TriVantage look up "headliner track".  It's not Whisper Walls - that's a trade name and they're not likely to sell to you without you buying into their franchise or dealership.  I don't know how they work but I do know their system is very expensive.  

The track comes in two profiles - center and edge.  The center track has a flange on both sides that you screw into the framework.  The edge profile has a flange on one side.  It's a fairly stiff plastic and grips the vinyl tightly, but is flexible on long runs.  For curves along the edge, you may need to notch the flange so it bends.  It might not work at all in some very tight spots and you'll have to come up with a different attachment method.  You can always cut and put up very short pieces, but be aware that you'll need at least 5 or 6 inches clearance below it to get a headliner tool in there to tuck the vinyl.  And the Osborne headliner tool is really all you need.  Their $125 headliner tools are nice, but IMHO not really necessary.  If you want to splurge, get the pizza cutter, forget the straight edge and use the $7 Osborne.

Around lights, I just go straight over with the vinyl, then cut out a hole afterwards and staple to the light base - usually lights are mounted on a block of wood.  The trim rings cover staples.  I'd never go around a light or hatch with headliner track.  It's just not necessary since you can staple.

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Oh, one more thing.  If you want insulation, glue foam to the ceiling.  The track isn't large enough to accommodate vinyl with 1/4" foam backing.  Get a vinyl (if you're not using woven) with a sturdy backing.  I wouldn't use the fuzzy-backed stuff.
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« #12 : March 02, 2013, 02:54:15 PM »

Can't thank you enough June. Your a lifesaver.
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« #13 : March 02, 2013, 03:09:53 PM »

We got a couple pieces of that track to try, never used it on a job though. I made a sample and bent it with the heat gun just like awning rail. Worked great. We've never had the guts to try it on a job though.

What do you think about using it on something like 30'-40' Searay?

I thought it would open a different can of worms, and maybe not worth it as opposed to just muscling through the glue job. 'The devil you know...' I'd sure love an alternative though. And it really does look plush. And replacing stained panels with little effort would be a huge bonus. 

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« #14 : March 02, 2013, 04:08:31 PM »

From what you decribe june on the pizza cutter tool.to insert it in a groove perhas one of thoose tool with the little wheels to insert the runner strip to install screening on a lania or pool screen cage.

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