Installing Carpet Style Hull Liner in a Quarter Berth
If your boat cabin is in need of a makeover, we're here to help. At Sailrite®, we believe in equipping our customers with the right materials, tools, supplies and DIY instruction to help you tackle all your marine projects. In today's video, we're going to show you how to install carpet style headliner/hull liner fabric in your boat's quarter berth sleeping area. This part of your boat is a very tight fit, and it can be hard to work and move around in such a cramped space. But don't be discouraged. We'll show you how to get it done!
For our quarter berth, we're using HullBlanket material to line the walls and ceiling. HullBlanket is a carpet style headliner fabric that's a great choice for boat headliner or hull liner material. It's durable, stain resistant, and mold/mildew resistant. It's also antistatic and moistureproof. It's made from 100% polypropylene and has a soft, knobby woven look similar to outdoor carpet. HullBlanket is extremely easy to work with and cuts with a razor or scissors — and there's no fabric fraying! It's great to use on uneven surfaces because the material stretches during installation so you can slightly stretch and pull it to fit your space during installation. The knobby texture also masks any bumps or dents in your hull's surface, making HullBlanket more forgiving than a vinyl fabric.
To prepare your hull for the fabric installation, first you need to sand the walls and ceiling to remove any leftover adhesive. We suggest using a sander with a vacuum attached so the paint and adhesive you're sanding away is immediately sucked away into the vacuum without getting all over you and requiring cleanup later. It's also very important to wear proper safety attire including a breathing mask and eye protection.
Watch our short video to learn the step-by-step process of installing carpet style headliner in your boat. Sailrite founder Jim Grant will demonstrate how to install HullBlanket carpet style headliner material to the quarter berth of our Islander 37 sailboat. We're doing a full makeover on our Islander 37, so be sure to watch the other videos that are part of this DIY series. We hope you find this video tutorial instructive and helpful. Thanks for watching! Let us know if you have any questions when you get started on your boat interior makeover. We're always happy to help our customers achieve DIY success.