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    4788 Bathroom shower stalls

    I cannot be the only person here who is not impressed with how their 4788 bathrooms, and especially the shower stalls look.

    The trim looks chincy, the wallpaper is not held in place in the corners, and tends to lift.

    Even the color of the wallpaper makes it darn near impossible to properly caulk because little matches and it it matches, it doesn’t stick well.

    So...

    Has anybody considered remedying this?

    Perhaps using white, thin panels?
    Perhaps white wallpaper?

    What are your ideas to fix up the bathrooms on our boats so they actually look like a yacht and not a trailer house.

    I am thinking formica might be a decent, thin, tough material to re-do the shower stalls with.

    It’s readily available, pretty easy to work with, not too expensive, and regular caulk actually sticks to it.

    KEVIN SANDERS
    4788 LISAS WAY - SEWARD ALASKA
    www.transferswitch4less.com

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    #2
    Lowes sells something called Embossed White Fiberglass Reinforced Plastic (FRP) Wall Panel

    They come in different colors and patterns. They can be cut and trimmed to fit and they sell joiner and corner moldings for them. Seems like it might be a product that might do the job.
    Charleston, S.C.

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      #3
      I’ll go look at the stuff at Lowes...Thanks!

      My local plastics guy said he uses Kydex on boats. Very tough, but also $270 a sheet.

      KEVIN SANDERS
      4788 LISAS WAY - SEWARD ALASKA
      www.transferswitch4less.com

      Whats the weather like on our boat
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        #4
        We had a member here do his 4588 with that stuff. Looked great, He posted the results here on BOC. I will see if I can locate.

        Well I found it but all the links are gone. So much valuable information has been lost here on the site. Sorry, Bottom line yes it looks great, you can even apply heat with a heat gun to get it to conform with the curves along the hull of the boat. The preformed corner pieces won't work in all the angles but you can use caulking where needed.
        Patrick and Patti
        4588 Pilothouse 1991
        12ft Endeavor RIB 2013
        M/V "Paloma"
        MMSI # 338142921

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          #5
          Well... I decided to order this

          https://www.homedepot.com/p/Wilsonar...0144/303193607

          and give it a try.

          It matches and accents the almond colors already in the 4788. It’s thin, strong, waterproof, and pretty easy to work with.

          It’ll be here in a couple of weeks, and I’ll post how it comes out.

          It can also be heat formed, although I do not really see the need for this given the flat surfaces in the 4788 showers.

          KEVIN SANDERS
          4788 LISAS WAY - SEWARD ALASKA
          www.transferswitch4less.com

          Whats the weather like on our boat
          https://www.weatherlink.com/embeddab...59665f4e4/wide


          Where are we right now? https://maps.findmespot.com/s/36S4

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            #6
            We took a differnt approach, removed all the wall paper, laid a thin epoxy filler over the wood to get a nice smooth surface and painted it with a few coats of LP paint. We like straight white and did not want to have to worry about water intrusion this way and resealing seems down the road caulking down the road, so for us this worked great solution. Cutting those fiberglass panels and getting them in the tub/shower in large section I think will be a change and there are lots of angles. I am sure you all of better then I am at dealing with that, hence the path we took. Did both bathroom in 2 weekend.
            Mark
            USCG OUPV
            1990 4588
            Carlsbad, CA

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ID:	451860 Well Home Depot is being putzes about shipping to Alaska so I took some time at Lowes today.

              Attached are photos of the FRP, NRP panels they sell. Nice, but pure white and the bathrooms are almond. Dooable though, but not quite my style.

              Then I stumbled on groutable vinyl tile. this stuff is fairly light, looks durable, and has a waterproof flexible grout you put in the seams, just like heavy ceramic tile.

              So far I like this best.

              KEVIN SANDERS
              4788 LISAS WAY - SEWARD ALASKA
              www.transferswitch4less.com

              Whats the weather like on our boat
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                #8
                Kevin, if you're making the effort, there is some additional space to be had (3-4 inches) by rejigging the overhanging backwall. One of our bretheran has done it and made the shower upper area bigger and more confortable, so you can at least swing a kitten :-)). It's on my to do list. Cheers
                John H
                Brisbane QLD Aust
                "Harbor-nating"

                2000 - 4788/Cummins 370's

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                  #9
                  Hi Kevin, not sure you are still concidering this job but we did it in both bathrooms. Also got all of the additional space in the shower John referred to which is a big difference as well. We used Formica brand GP Laminate. “Sail White” I believe is the colour is was a little almond like. GP means “general purpose” or the thicker version. Same material used for flat-lay countertops. We caulked the seems but we took teak strips several coats all sides and trimmed it out. It's a big step up.

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                    Have updating the peeling paper in the stalls on my list, what you've done sounds great! Could you post a pic or two?

                  #10
                  Originally posted by Daniac View Post
                  Hi Kevin, not sure you are still concidering this job but we did it in both bathrooms. Also got all of the additional space in the shower John referred to which is a big difference as well. We used Formica brand GP Laminate. “Sail White” I believe is the colour is was a little almond like. GP means “general purpose” or the thicker version. Same material used for flat-lay countertops. We caulked the seems but we took teak strips several coats all sides and trimmed it out. It's a big step up.
                  Thanks, I am inspired!

                  I worked out my shipping issues with Home Depot, and not have two 5’X12’ sheets of a light beige travertine look wilsonart on the way.

                  Question...

                  Did you use that material in the entire bathroom? Or just the showers?


                  I am thinking of just using it in the showers, and using another color/material to replace the sagging wallpaper in the remainder of the bathrooms.

                  That other material is as yet undecided but I am leaning towards a teak veneer on a backing of similar thickness to the formica/wilsonart. I’m not sure of that yet, but yesterday while I was looking over the job it the oiled teak look seemed like it would be a nice compliment.

                  Btw I really like the idea of teak trim. I was not sure how I would trim out the pieces. They make trim in quarter round, and cove shapes in plastic, and have been internally debating that, with the thought of making that decision after the laminite is installed.

                  Also...

                  What exactly did you do to gain more room in the forward shower?

                  Here is what I bought.
                  Attached Files

                  KEVIN SANDERS
                  4788 LISAS WAY - SEWARD ALASKA
                  www.transferswitch4less.com

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                    #11
                    Hi Kevin, we only did the showers. Both. I can't recall how much extra space but it is really worth it. You will see when you take it down. Because we moved the upper walls back we had to do some work to the ceiling. We trimmed it several inches around. I will try take some pics for you. May be easier to do with your email address.
                    Mine is [email protected]

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                      #12
                      I just noticed another request for photos. I'll do my best to figure out how. Likely Friday before I get back to the boat.

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                        #13
                        Originally posted by Daniac View Post
                        I just noticed another request for photos. I'll do my best to figure out how. Likely Friday before I get back to the boat.
                        I'd love to see pictures as well. I've been trying to figure out how to spruce up the bathrooms, specifically the wall paper in the showers for a while. And I do like the idea of using teak panels for the walls outside the showers, that would go a long way in updating the look!
                        James
                        2000 4788 | "Freedom"
                        Gig Harbor, WA
                        11' Novurania w/40hp Yamaha
                        Cummins 330's and Westerbeke 8kw
                        Hull Extension, Chines and Hardtop

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                          Click image for larger version  Name:	 Views:	1 Size:	716.3 KB ID:	454039 I recieved the formica today. Love the color! Love the price! Not much you can do on a boat for a hundred bucks!

                          The color is just what I wanted, a light beige. See the cardboard box in the lower portion as a comparison.

                          The way I’m going to tackle this is in two stages. The first stage will be to do the shower in the foreward head. It is the simplest, with only two pieces.

                          After that is done I’ll re-evaluate the rest of the head. I am really thinking a teak veneer would be about perfect, but I want to get the shower done and see how it looks first.

                          KEVIN SANDERS
                          4788 LISAS WAY - SEWARD ALASKA
                          www.transferswitch4less.com

                          Whats the weather like on our boat
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ID:	454064 Here is the teak veneer I am considering. It has a 22ml backing and is made for contact cement

                            There are two types available. One is flat cut, and one is quarter cut.

                            I prefer the flat cut grain pattern, but the quarter cut is what was used in the rest of ther boat, so that’s what ‘ll use.

                            KEVIN SANDERS
                            4788 LISAS WAY - SEWARD ALASKA
                            www.transferswitch4less.com

                            Whats the weather like on our boat
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