Source for houseboat ceiling panels?

by Jim
(Lansing, IA. USA)

Houseboat roof leaks, doing ceiling panel repairs

Houseboat roof leaks, doing ceiling panel repairs

Many houseboats were built with ceiling panels that measure 4' X 12' with a nailing slot every 16 inches. They were used by many manufacturers from the 1970's through the 1990's and are similar in composition to ceiling tiles used in many homes.


Does anyone have a source to buy these ceiling panels?

I have searched the internet and have yet to find a seller. My boat had a roof leak and I would like to replace the ceiling with period correct materials.

I have included a picture of the ceiling when we took it apart to fix the leaks.

Thanks, Jim

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Jim, thanks for taking the time to post in the houseboat forums.

You are right, as these panels were VERY popular in older boats, and I am sure you are not the only person that wishes there was a source to find replacement panels.

I am personally not aware of where to go to buy replacements, but with thousands of people on the site everyday, hopefully someone will know where we can find them... :)

And if we CANNOT find an exact replacement, maybe folks here can mention their results using "suitable panels" to repair ceiling panels that were damaged to roof leaks.


Lastly, hopefully some of our readers and visitors will share and post comments about their houseboat CEILING PANEL related experiences and tips.

Feel free to use the "click here to post comments" link found near the bottom of this page.

Thanks again for sharing, IAN from All About Houseboats

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Thanks!
by: Jim

Thanks to all who replied to my post. I really would like to have original style panels as I only need one to make my repair. I have not checked mobile home repair shops but I will very soon. Thanks for a great idea!

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Ceiling panels
by: Anonymous

Has anyone tried mobile home repair shops for these panels? I would think that that might be a source, plus if there is a mobile home factory nearby, they might sell you what you need.

I used to work for Clayton homes, and they would do this from time to time. Good luck!

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Ceiling Panels
by: Seon

I use Lauan on a small vintage travel travel so I'll be using lauan panels on my Yukon Delta from too.

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Luan
by: Dennis

Restored a 1980 Kayot houseboat. I didn't have much luck locating the acoustic panels you're looking for so I opted to replace the entire ceiling with 1/8" Luan. Sometimes referred to as "door skin". Finished the seams with some 1" trim.

Luan, also spelled lauan, refers to a tropical hardwood plywood product usually made from trees in the Shorea family. It has many home and hobby applications and is readily available at lumberyards and home improvement stores.

The term typically refers to a plywood panel 1/4 or, less commonly, 1/8 inch thick.

To help with the Arizona heat while I had the ceiling stripped down I took the opportunity to add insulation before installing the Luan.

Good luck with your project.

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