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rfrazier posted 04-23-2002 01:47 PM ET (US)   Profile for rfrazier   Send Email to rfrazier  
I am working on a 13' Sport which is missing the bow locker wood plank. I am attempting to "Mahoganize" a piece of oak I got from a saw mill locally. I measured the locker opening (approx. 43" x 10"). Does anyone know where I can find the Boston Whaler specified demensions for the wood for the locker top/bench? I searched the reference section and did not see any info. on that. Thanks.


JFM posted 04-23-2002 03:28 PM ET (US)     Profile for JFM  Send Email to JFM     
Randy, on older 13's the bow locker was a solid plank of mahogany with small handles on both side to pull up on. The handles were there because the sides of the locker plank were routed out and had a piece of rubber in them to hold them fast. Regards, Jay
P.S. I made a new one for my 1972 and used the rubber but not the handles. I drilled a large hole in their place.
Bigshot posted 04-23-2002 03:39 PM ET (US)     Profile for Bigshot  Send Email to Bigshot     
They bagged the rubber and the handles later on. My 76 has the same hatch with a center hole for lifting. It is secured by a small bungee underneath. Better off with 2 small hinges.

Now you have the dimensions....what exactly are you looking for? I would make the wood 1/4" smaller so it would be 9.75x42.75 which gives you an 1/8 on all sides.

Duncan posted 05-03-2002 09:56 AM ET (US)     Profile for Duncan  Send Email to Duncan     
If you're gonna use Oak, use WHITE Oak as it is closed-cell versus Red Oak which is open cell. White oak was used extensively in ship building in the colonial days.

Any Oak will severly darken over time as the UV rays cause the extractives in the wood to leach to the surface.

Tom W Clark posted 05-03-2002 12:31 PM ET (US)     Profile for Tom W Clark  Send Email to Tom W Clark     
Whoa there Duncan! We refer to wood as being open grained or closed grained. We like to talk about the foam in Whalers as open celled or closed celled.

In fact the foam in Whalers is, and always has been, closed cell. Likewise, the grain of Oak, either red or white is, and always has been, open grain.

It is true that White Oak is the preferred boat building wood, preferably air dried White Oak. but that has to do with the ability to steam bend it and its tendency to split and maintain strength.

By the way there are dozens of different trees that fall under the descriptions of either Red Oak or White Oak. Like the term “Philippine mahogany”, they are rather general and vague terms.

Randy is not going to be steam bending his locker cover so he could use either Red or White Oak, though it seems kinda' weird to me to use either.

Samars posted 05-03-2002 12:58 PM ET (US)     Profile for Samars  Send Email to Samars     
Just as an addition...on my 13, I used a couple small pieces of velcro as a way of securing the locker cover down...still have the handles and it works great. No one sees the velcro and it's great even if it gets wet
rfrazier posted 05-04-2002 10:56 AM ET (US)     Profile for rfrazier  Send Email to rfrazier     
Couldn't beat the price for the oak piece. My neighbor gave it to me for free. It is white oak. Figured I would try it and see how it looks before springing for the nearly $100 for a mahogany plank. I am going to stain it with Z-Spar red mahogany filler stain as I did the rest of the wood in the boat and hopefully the color and grain will be fairly close.


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