interior design for a boat
If you are planning spray-in-place foam insulation then this should be installed after the deck and superstructure are in place, but before you start work in the interior joinery. An alternative is to install ‘bats’ or sheets of foam glued or held in place by the ‘ceiling’. See below in the section covering lining materials for details on installing the ceiling planking.
My choice for foam insulation is the type of urethane foam that has fire resistant and non-toxic properties and is sprayed in place. In steel boats, the interior of the hull should be first grit-blasted and primed, or built of pre-primed materials. The foam will now be sprayed to a depth between 1″ / 25 mm and 2″ / 50 mm; the thicker the better. It is a good idea to cover the stringers and they will most likely be about 1 1/4″ to 2″ / 30 to 50 mm deep. The foam will form a skin and should be of a type that is forms a skin on the surface that is impervious to water. Make sure you choose a variety that in the event of fire does not give off toxic fumes. You will also need to make sure that the foam is of the self-extinguishing type.
The supplier of the foam usually has all the equipment needed to install the material and charges by the cubic foot / cubic metre or by the pound / kilo. Make sure you obtain an estimate of the cost for the boat to be sprayed to the desired thickness. Be very careful that you get what you pay for. Measure the depth of the foam and check that it is reasonably constant thickness throughout the boat.
The biggest thing that affects the type of interior design options for boat owners is the size and type of boat. However, any boat can have added elements that make it more comfortable and serve both form and function. With any interior design ideas incorporated into boat remodeling, personal taste will always play a large role.
In choosing everything from fabric to electronic equipment, a vital factor is the design’s suitability for marine use. All materials are subject to damage from sprays of water. Use of vessels in salt water requires even more care because the salt is so corrosive, even to items made specifically for marine use. For both fresh and salt water boating, electronics and mechanical equipment must be made for use in water vehicles to prevent sparks, shocks and other hazards that would normally occur with this equipment around water.
Boats of any size can be made more comfortable by applying marine-grade carpeting. More luxurious carpets for cabins and cuddies can equal the quality of fine hotel rooms while still holding up to the water that is carried in on clothing and feet. All exterior flooring covered in carpeting is usually tight, short pile. Marine carpeting is mold- and mildew-resistant and is glued on with special marine glue. Marine carpet comes in standard widths starting at 6′ and continuing up to 40′ and then is sold by length in those widths. Carpet prices range from $70.00 to $250.00 for a 16′ x 6′ section.
When installing a floor above the ballast in the base of your boat, you should ensure that you provide an adequately strong base which will be able to bear the weight of the all the fittings, appliances and general wear and tear from people moving about in the boat. Several flooring materials are available, each with distinct advantages and disadvantages.