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posted 11-27-2001 12:53 AM ET (US)
I'm replacing the teak on my 18 and was thinking of doing them in Starboard. Do you guys thinks thats a good idea? Any experiences with it?
posted 11-27-2001 01:13 AM ET (US)
What year, what model, Why are you considering this change?
posted 11-27-2001 09:06 AM ET (US)
I would be interested in the old teak doors. If you want to get rid of them let me know.
posted 11-27-2001 10:55 AM ET (US)
If your teak is constantly wet, I think its a great idea. I replaced the side rod racks and 2 aft access hatches (to bilge plugs) in my 1990 Revenge 22. I replaced the rod racks with 3/4" white Starboard and the access hatches with 1/4" white. Starboard is easy to work with with a SLOW speed saw (including a sharp hand saw). You do need to be careful with tight curves, they're tough to cut with hand tools. High speed saber saws melt the shavings behind the cut. Drilling, rasps, files, and sand paper work well. I liked the teak, but in Southeast Alaska (90 inches of rain a year in Juneau) the teak plywood was constantly wet and had a tendency to turn green and start to delaminate. With the left over 3/4" Starboard I made a single mounting bracket to mount my fathometer, GPS, and LORAN in one location. The white Starboard looks sharp and cleans without scratching with a sponge & green pad.
posted 11-29-2001 10:32 PM ET (US)
The boat is a 1986 18 outrage. I'm thinking about changing because the 90 degree sun here in the caribbean eats up the varnish and/or teak oil. I've tried everything but nothing lasts more than a few months. I just don't have the time to keep them up in good shape and they were getting old and cracked anyway...
jimp--> Thanks for the tip!
george nagy --> I don't if Im changing the doors yet, but if I do I'll let you know.
posted 12-03-2001 10:52 AM ET (US)
I've seen plenty of classics refurb'd with Starboard to replace the wood. Looks great, practically no maintenance. Just pick your material carefully. Seats and things need thicker plastic than the original wood it replaces, OR need reinforcement stringers. Someday, I'll replace the beautiful wood interior on my 15' Sport with Starboard and stop battling the Florida sun. It's a never ending battle, even with the boat covered!
posted 12-03-2001 02:51 PM ET (US)
I sent JimH a picture of a 15' Sport yacht tender, taken in Ft Lauderdale, that had been completely redone in black Starboard. It looked surprisingly good. One has to remember, however, that Starboard is not meant to be used in long sections like mahogany boards can be. It warps very easily, and has to be well re-inforced to prevent this from happening. The advice on using thicker sections, or laminations, is well taken. It is best for small pieces like consoles & trim.
I have also seen a 27 CCC where all teak, including doors, was replaced with black starboard. Looked really nice, if low maintenance is what you're after.
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