Saturday, June 14, 2014

Maybe It's Not So Bad...

Well, it's been a week since the engine event...or lack thereof. (For those who do not know, my engine would not start last week and I was told by the mechanic that it was the high pressure fuel pump). Since then, I've got a lot of advice from friends, Westsail Facebook friends, and two diesel mechanics, and most think that the bad high pressure fuel pump may not be "bad". A lot of informed and experienced people think that because the engine sat so long, the pump may just need cleaning and is gummed up. So, maybe it's not so bad. At worst, I can have the high pressure fuel pump rebuilt for less than half to a new pumps price.

Anyway, I'm pulling the engine back out of the boat to potentially rebuild it, if necessary. That happens Monday morning at 9:00 AM, so if you're in the area and want to help, I would welcome the extra hands as well as the company.

Meanwhile, I decided to start a new project to occupy some time and because I can see the progress clearly, which will make me feel better... and I NEED to feel better after last week's potentially bad news. That project is the the house panelling and the headliner. My choice for material is... 

Vinyl Reversible Panel Wainscot Moulding.

  • The Plastpro Planking & Wainscot Veranda 6-Piece 3 ft. x 7-1/4 in. x 1/4 in. 
  • Vinyl Reversible Panel Wainscot Moulding
  • Cellular vinyl for strength and durability
  • White finish provides a classic look and can be painted based on your preference
  • Moisture- and rot-resistant construction
  • Reversible design with a wide edge bead and a narrow edge bead
  • Low maintenance design is easy to care for
  • Use as interior or exterior panel moulding

This stuff is perfect for a sailboat. It looks like painted beadboard but is vinyl and completely waterproof. The planks are reversible so I'm using the two board look for the sides of the house and the three board look for the headliner. I will use reflective double bubble insulation for the headliner. Then, I will use hardwood trim stained to match the rest of the wood stain in the boat and It is going to look great. The planks are 32 inches long so I will use 16 inch centers for the headliner.

Here are the pics so far...

The uneven tops will be covered by hardwood trim
once the headliner is installed.

Fair seas and God bless!


  1. Hi David are you still pulling the engine tomorrow? We were thinkin of coming and lending a hand. Also, where do we go? :)

  2. Hey Erica, sorry I just saw this but you made it and I appreciate your help so much today...I'm optimistic. If you guys need any help with anything, just let me know and I'll be there. Thanks again so much!