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Gep posted 01-30-2001 11:02 AM ET (US)   Profile for Gep   Send Email to Gep  
Does anyone know what kind of Mahogany they used in the older whalers?
Honduras, Phillipine or African?
hauptjm posted 01-30-2001 02:16 PM ET (US)     Profile for hauptjm    
This is just my opinion, but I think it's Honduran! Based on my limited knowledge of wood grains.
lhg posted 01-30-2001 02:35 PM ET (US)     Profile for lhg    
Jim: Hate to correct you, but as one who built a Nauset from scratch, I can say that it's definitely Phillippine Mahogany, both in solid lumber and in marine grade plywood.
bigz posted 01-30-2001 03:43 PM ET (US)     Profile for bigz    
Gee Larry didn't know you had the molds to build a Nauset from scratch!!!!!
Chuckle chuckle ----just kidding just kidding the devil made me do it --- :)
I do know what's on the 13 Sport we have isn't like the African 5/4 I have in our shop. In the boat it's more of a light reddish tan and tight grain (similar to the marine grade Lauan plywood I have a sheet of) --- the African has even a coarser texture,very pronounced grain and a deep reddish color.

Interesting question Gep --- thanks for the answer Larry -- Tom

PS hopefully the 13 Sport will be a Super Sport this Spring sporting African Mahogany I'm afraid --- waste not want not ---

hauptjm posted 01-31-2001 09:48 AM ET (US)     Profile for hauptjm    
I stand corrected. Larry, what are the differences in Honduran vs. Phillipine? Is there a variation in grain, color, texture, etc.?
Gep posted 01-31-2001 10:34 AM ET (US)     Profile for Gep  Send Email to Gep     
FYI: I checked with Chuck Bennett at Whaler, He said they used the Phillipine Mahogany.

hauptjm: I would have guessed Honduras too, also a guy ay work who turns a lot of bowls out of exotic hardwoods said that the Phillipine is more porous and not as dense of wood as the Honduras.

bigz posted 01-31-2001 01:04 PM ET (US)     Profile for bigz    
Gep -- Philippine is very close to the South American mahoganies relative to density and color --- African which is very hard to get is denser than either of the above and costly --- in boat building Philippine it seems has always been used extensively mainly because of the lower cost compared to other varieties and available supply (you'll see it used in medium quality furniture a lot).

Philippine is a fine choice for the use Whaler has put it to, it would sort of be crazy to use the others at extremely high cost since aside from hardness they weight more and don't provide any better rot protection.


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