Friday, February 06, 2009


PlywoodHot on the heals of the insulation comes the plywood cladding.

The insulation is very soft, and easily damaged, so getting the plywood cladding on quickly is fairly essential.

This is going to take a while, especially with all the fittings etc. to work around.

At least with the insulation I could just hack my way round. The ply though, needs to be done with some finesse as messes will be all to visible to all and sundry.


  1. Anonymous2:51 PM

    Can you talk a little about what sort of insulation you're using, how you've attached it, what the plywood veneer is and how that is attached?

    At a guess you're using rigid fibreglass panels and you've cemented them directly to the hull/bulkhead/deckhead. What are you using to cement them? How are you applying it? I've also seen what looks like bubble-wrap style polythene roll insulation. Any reason you use one versus the other type?

    What precautions do you have to take to ensure there is a continuous vapour barrier over the insulation? Do you tape the seams between the panels? Are there any provisions for access to the hull behind panels installed this way, or do you avoid these on the hull?

    It looks like the plywood is 3mm paneling. At a guess you're cementing that either directly to the steel bulkhead or to the fibreglass panel. Are you using the same type of cement and application method?

    Is this all a well-accepted technique for finishing interior spaces in a ship, or is this something you've invented yourself?


  2. Anonymous3:12 PM

    Is that paneling luan? If so you will have to watch out for moisture as luan plywood is notorious for delaminating at the vaguest hint of moisture.

  3. Hi there

    I'm not worried about de-lamination. The ply will be painted with PVA, then gloss paint, so the moisture should, pretty much, be kept out.



  4. Hi Anonymous - I did a post with a bit more info on this today, hope you find it useful.